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  • A water lily photo at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe as the flower made an interesting shadow on the pod with the early morning sunlight.

      A water lily photo at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe as the flower made an interesting shadow on the pod with the early morning sunlight.
    Deb Marak of Arlington Heights

  • Tony Campana of the Arizona Diamondbacks steals second base against the Chicago Cubs as the ball gets away from Darwin Barney on April 24.

      Tony Campana of the Arizona Diamondbacks steals second base against the Chicago Cubs as the ball gets away from Darwin Barney on April 24.
    John Wysocki of Mount Prospect

  • A young boy enjoys trying to march like the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace in the area adjacent to the palace in London.

      A young boy enjoys trying to march like the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace in the area adjacent to the palace in London.
    Jeanne Garrett of Arlington Heights

  • Two-year-old Drew Sriver plays with a bubble machine on Mother's Day in Libertyville.

      Two-year-old Drew Sriver plays with a bubble machine on Mother's Day in Libertyville.
    Curt Sriver of Libertyville

  • The famous surfing Beach Windansea in La Jolla, California including the historical  "Shack" that was constructed in 1946.

      The famous surfing Beach Windansea in La Jolla, California including the historical "Shack" that was constructed in 1946.
    Stefani Jerard of Wauconda

  • Augustana College Women's Lacrosse Team celebrates a 19-0 record with a  win over Adrian to advance to the third round of the NCAA D111 tournament against Salisbury College in Maryland.

      Augustana College Women's Lacrosse Team celebrates a 19-0 record with a win over Adrian to advance to the third round of the NCAA D111 tournament against Salisbury College in Maryland.
    Julie Filippo of Green Oaks

  • Mom stashed the kits in the culvert under our driveway while she hunted the area. We were fortunate to see this again like we did last year.

      Mom stashed the kits in the culvert under our driveway while she hunted the area. We were fortunate to see this again like we did last year.
    Rick Hyatt of St. Charles

  • I took this picture on Mother's Day while at Cantigny Gardens. Flowers were in bloom throughout the park. Mother Nature's gift to moms everywhere.

      I took this picture on Mother's Day while at Cantigny Gardens. Flowers were in bloom throughout the park. Mother Nature's gift to moms everywhere.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • This picture was taken in Elgin and tells about a quiet afternoon asthe sun shines through on this warm day.

      This picture was taken in Elgin and tells about a quiet afternoon asthe sun shines through on this warm day.
    Matthew Snyder of Elgin

  • When my wife and I were on vacation in Arizona,  we were overwhelmed by the awesome beauty and  size of the Grand Canyon. I enhanced the tonal values of the image with a program to bring out the dynamic range.

      When my wife and I were on vacation in Arizona, we were overwhelmed by the awesome beauty and size of the Grand Canyon. I enhanced the tonal values of the image with a program to bring out the dynamic range.
    Randy Link from Winfield

  • I took this photo earlier this evening as a severe thunderstorm came through the area. It was taken near the water reclamation center in Carol Stream, overlooking a townhouse complex off of Route 64. The photo is an HDR composite of 3 photos combined and tonemapped in Photomatix.

      I took this photo earlier this evening as a severe thunderstorm came through the area. It was taken near the water reclamation center in Carol Stream, overlooking a townhouse complex off of Route 64. The photo is an HDR composite of 3 photos combined and tonemapped in Photomatix.
    Angela Cichosz from Carol Stream

  • This was taken on Palmer Lake in northern Wisconsin. I liked the way the pines looked dark as they framed the image of the setting sun on the lake and its reflection on the bottom of the boat.

      This was taken on Palmer Lake in northern Wisconsin. I liked the way the pines looked dark as they framed the image of the setting sun on the lake and its reflection on the bottom of the boat.
    Brian Wallace from West Chicago

 

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