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  • I took this photo in the Sea of Cortez off the cost of Cabo San Lucas on January 22, 2014.  I have been trying to get a picture of a breaching humpback for many years as it is a tough picture to capture. On this occasion, I was able to see and photograph eight breaches. This was one of the best.

      I took this photo in the Sea of Cortez off the cost of Cabo San Lucas on January 22, 2014. I have been trying to get a picture of a breaching humpback for many years as it is a tough picture to capture. On this occasion, I was able to see and photograph eight breaches. This was one of the best.
    Paul Ingevaldson of St. Charles

  • Granddaughter Alex Snow on the beach in Turks and Caicos. Taken with a cell phone this April.

      Granddaughter Alex Snow on the beach in Turks and Caicos. Taken with a cell phone this April.
    Leslie Kleiner of Elgin

  • The beauty of these birds is often overlooked because they're usually seen as a loud plague of grackles congregating on a lawn or overwhelming the feeders. But in the sunlight, their iridescence is truly lovely. That said, this bird looks like he would like to peck at me.

      The beauty of these birds is often overlooked because they're usually seen as a loud plague of grackles congregating on a lawn or overwhelming the feeders. But in the sunlight, their iridescence is truly lovely. That said, this bird looks like he would like to peck at me.
    Dori Eldridge of Naperville

  • This is one of the most dramatic burning sky sunsets I have ever seen from my own back yard.

      This is one of the most dramatic burning sky sunsets I have ever seen from my own back yard.
    Brian Wallace of West Chicago

  • I took this in front of the Oregon History Museum in Portland, Ore. It is a close-up of one spout of a four-headed 'bubbler' as my wife would call it.

      I took this in front of the Oregon History Museum in Portland, Ore. It is a close-up of one spout of a four-headed 'bubbler' as my wife would call it.
    Tom Brauer of Wheaton

  • The sunsets over Captiva Island, Fla. last February while sitting back at the Mucky Duck tavern looking out over the Gulf of Mexico.

      The sunsets over Captiva Island, Fla. last February while sitting back at the Mucky Duck tavern looking out over the Gulf of Mexico.
    Doug Brelsford of Prospect Heights

  • A pelican prepares to land on a pier piling at Club Med Turkoise Grace Bay Beach last month.

      A pelican prepares to land on a pier piling at Club Med Turkoise Grace Bay Beach last month.
    Gary Takahashi of Arlington Heights

  • Nora was born at Brookfield Zoo last November. Mother seems to be very cautious about giving the public looks at Nora's face as she takes a nap cuddled in mom's arm.

      Nora was born at Brookfield Zoo last November. Mother seems to be very cautious about giving the public looks at Nora's face as she takes a nap cuddled in mom's arm.
    Roy Lobenhofer of Mount Prospect

  • A beautiful sky on April 8 at Wilderness Park in Mundelein.

      A beautiful sky on April 8 at Wilderness Park in Mundelein.
    Cindy Madson of Mundelein

  • Early autumn evening in Lincolnshire.

      Early autumn evening in Lincolnshire.
    Randy G. Gollay of Lincolnshire

  • Wildflower in the Fredericksburg, Tex. area on Sunday, April 13.

      Wildflower in the Fredericksburg, Tex. area on Sunday, April 13.
    Jean-Marie Geoffroy of Grayslake

 

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