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  • Water lilies at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe.

      Water lilies at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe.
    Carol Arnolde of Inverness

  • A scene along the road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii. On this scenic trek to the northeast of the island, there are many beautiful spots to stop and take photos and hike with black lava rocks, beaches, beautiful trees and foliage.

      A scene along the road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii. On this scenic trek to the northeast of the island, there are many beautiful spots to stop and take photos and hike with black lava rocks, beaches, beautiful trees and foliage.
    Rita Lopienski of Bartlett

  • Players come together in a tense moment for two St. Charles soccer teams as they struggle for the ball in Saint Charles on Sunday, June 1.

      Players come together in a tense moment for two St. Charles soccer teams as they struggle for the ball in Saint Charles on Sunday, June 1.
    Fred Gruber of Streamwood

  • A calm sunset reflecting off Lake Ontario in New York state in late-September of 2011.

      A calm sunset reflecting off Lake Ontario in New York state in late-September of 2011.
    Steve Parmelee of Kildeer

  • A giraffe feeds on lettuce at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Florida in May. Giraffes use their tongues to loop around the lettuce before they put it in their mouths.

      A giraffe feeds on lettuce at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Florida in May. Giraffes use their tongues to loop around the lettuce before they put it in their mouths.
    Bob Brongiel of Vernon Hills

  • Bagpipes lay around a tree last Saturday during the Alma Highland Festival and Games in Alma, Michigan. During a hot day with very low humidity in Alma, the pipes were placed on the ground to try to absorb some of the ground moisture into our the bags to help with the tuning.

      Bagpipes lay around a tree last Saturday during the Alma Highland Festival and Games in Alma, Michigan. During a hot day with very low humidity in Alma, the pipes were placed on the ground to try to absorb some of the ground moisture into our the bags to help with the tuning.
    Anne Meny of Lake Zurich

  • After going to the Blackhawk's game last Wednesday, my daughter who has been a fan for years, got inspired to show off her team spirit and loyalty! Her creativity ended up giving us one of the coolest and most popular driveways in the neighborhood!

      After going to the Blackhawk's game last Wednesday, my daughter who has been a fan for years, got inspired to show off her team spirit and loyalty! Her creativity ended up giving us one of the coolest and most popular driveways in the neighborhood!
    Kathy Jordan of Campton Hills

  • I took this picture in the Wren building on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. This building was built between 1695 and 1700, and is the oldest college building in the U.S. I really liked the repeated shadows in the window openings.

      I took this picture in the Wren building on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. This building was built between 1695 and 1700, and is the oldest college building in the U.S. I really liked the repeated shadows in the window openings.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • Here is a picture of a robin feeding three young. It was taken at The Holmstad in Batavia.

      Here is a picture of a robin feeding three young. It was taken at The Holmstad in Batavia.
    Charles Davis of Batavia

  • A goose and a turtle face off on a log at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      A goose and a turtle face off on a log at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • Today, I rode my bike into St. James Farm (now maintained by the DuPage Forest Preserve). I took pictures of lots of beautiful scenes, including this yellow bridge over a creek.

      Today, I rode my bike into St. James Farm (now maintained by the DuPage Forest Preserve). I took pictures of lots of beautiful scenes, including this yellow bridge over a creek.
    Eugene Bordelon of Warrenville

  • This was taken on a fern-lined trail in Northern Wisconsin. If green is your favorite color, you might like this place.

      This was taken on a fern-lined trail in Northern Wisconsin. If green is your favorite color, you might like this place.
    Brian Wallace of West Chicago

 

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