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  • A fellow is buzzed by sea gulls after tossing food in to air on St. Pete Beach, Florida in March.

      A fellow is buzzed by sea gulls after tossing food in to air on St. Pete Beach, Florida in March.
    Ken Kite of Hoffman Estates

  • Jeff Greaves of Mount Prospect fishes for smallmouth bass in Sawyer Harbor, Wisconsin in May.

      Jeff Greaves of Mount Prospect fishes for smallmouth bass in Sawyer Harbor, Wisconsin in May.
    Sam Duray of Mount Prospect

  • A brightly colored macaw seems to be a bit shy at a Florida bird sanctuary in January.

      A brightly colored macaw seems to be a bit shy at a Florida bird sanctuary in January.
    Jeanne Garrett of Arlington Heights

  • A mother chipmunk with her baby on June 7 in an Ingleside backyard as she tried to teach it how to climb down the stone retaining wall surrounding a patio.

      A mother chipmunk with her baby on June 7 in an Ingleside backyard as she tried to teach it how to climb down the stone retaining wall surrounding a patio.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • The sandstone cave formation in Apache Canyon near Page, Arizona in May.

      The sandstone cave formation in Apache Canyon near Page, Arizona in May.
    Christine Casey of Wauconda

  • A red-winged blackbird darts back and forth from a fence at Moraine Hills State Park.

      A red-winged blackbird darts back and forth from a fence at Moraine Hills State Park.
    Joan Farrell of Island Lake

  • This photo was taken this past weekend at Starved Rock. My husband and four teenagers were in one of the canyons and I looked over at my daughter and saw this scene with her saying "Ah, sunshine and summer"   I loved the light shining in and reflecting off the waterfall.

      This photo was taken this past weekend at Starved Rock. My husband and four teenagers were in one of the canyons and I looked over at my daughter and saw this scene with her saying "Ah, sunshine and summer" I loved the light shining in and reflecting off the waterfall.
    Wendy Gruber of St. Charles

  • I took this photo of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds on a Sunday at the Rockford Air Show,

      I took this photo of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds on a Sunday at the Rockford Air Show,
    Norbert Kurth of Elgin

  • I took this picture of a white pelican while at Starved Rock State Park this past week. People flock to the Rock to see eagles, but pelicans have their own beauty and grace in the air.

      I took this picture of a white pelican while at Starved Rock State Park this past week. People flock to the Rock to see eagles, but pelicans have their own beauty and grace in the air.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • This picture was taken on a beach in northern Florida looking out toward the Gulf of Mexico. No filters, no special effects. I just had to wait for the boat to sail into the frame.

      This picture was taken on a beach in northern Florida looking out toward the Gulf of Mexico. No filters, no special effects. I just had to wait for the boat to sail into the frame.
    Tony Romano of Glen Ellyn

  • This is somewhere at the Morton Arboretum over Memorial Day weekend.

      This is somewhere at the Morton Arboretum over Memorial Day weekend.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • This was taken in northern Minnesota close to Leech Lake. I thought when I first passed the nest, it was eagles. When I returned and photographed the nest it turned out to be a pair of nesting ospreys.

      This was taken in northern Minnesota close to Leech Lake. I thought when I first passed the nest, it was eagles. When I returned and photographed the nest it turned out to be a pair of nesting ospreys.
    David Hoffrage of Lombard

 

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