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  • Tulips reflect in a fountain at the Chicago Botanic Garden Enabling Graden Area in Glencoe.

      Tulips reflect in a fountain at the Chicago Botanic Garden Enabling Graden Area in Glencoe.
    Fred Share of Arlington Heights

  • Spring daffodils on a warm spring afternoon in early June.

      Spring daffodils on a warm spring afternoon in early June.
    Butch Law of Des Plaines

  • It seems the cats are reading the menu from the restaurant in the town of Pisso Livada, on the island of Paros, Greece on May 10.

      It seems the cats are reading the menu from the restaurant in the town of Pisso Livada, on the island of Paros, Greece on May 10.
    Lin Hartnett of Rolling Meadows

  • A sailboat lays idle in the wee hours of the morning at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on the morning of July of 2012.

      A sailboat lays idle in the wee hours of the morning at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on the morning of July of 2012.
    Barb Boes of Libertyville

  • The first peony of the season is brilliant!

      The first peony of the season is brilliant!
    Iris Cooley of Hawthorn Woods

  • Two of Chicago's finest WNBA superstars, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks and Elena DelleDonne of the Chicago Sky battle each other during a game on Friday, June 6, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      Two of Chicago's finest WNBA superstars, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks and Elena DelleDonne of the Chicago Sky battle each other during a game on Friday, June 6, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
    Mike Pal of Lake Villa

  • While driving through the Yorktown Battlefield site in Virginia we passed a shallow creek. These swans were preening their feathers while standing in that creek. Their reflected image makes this picture interesting to me.

      While driving through the Yorktown Battlefield site in Virginia we passed a shallow creek. These swans were preening their feathers while standing in that creek. Their reflected image makes this picture interesting to me.
    Nancy Hoskins of Hampshire

  • I took this photo in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California while vacationing with my family. It's hard to not feel small in the presence of such enormity and beauty.

      I took this photo in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California while vacationing with my family. It's hard to not feel small in the presence of such enormity and beauty.
    Steve Nusser of Geneva

  • This picture was taken last week at Crystal Lake Beach.

      This picture was taken last week at Crystal Lake Beach.
    Debbie Godlewski of Lake in the Hills

  • Photographed in our Naperville backyard, we tried to get them to leave our deck with hot spices, ammonia, even playing the Cubs game on the radio, but no luck. They evidently aren't camera shy!

      Photographed in our Naperville backyard, we tried to get them to leave our deck with hot spices, ammonia, even playing the Cubs game on the radio, but no luck. They evidently aren't camera shy!
    Ailce Ballent of Naperville

  • I took this at Oakbrook Center. It is a reflection in one of the new water fountains of a woman talking on her cellphone. I loved the abstract feel of it. It almost looks like a rock sculpture to me.

      I took this at Oakbrook Center. It is a reflection in one of the new water fountains of a woman talking on her cellphone. I loved the abstract feel of it. It almost looks like a rock sculpture to me.
    Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove

  • While in Spain 2 weeks ago, we were staying in the village of Penafiel, a couple hours north of Madrid. On the hilltop overlooking the village is this boat shaped castle built in the 13th century. I like the fact that with the lighting on the castle at night the photo looks more like a painting than a photo.

      While in Spain 2 weeks ago, we were staying in the village of Penafiel, a couple hours north of Madrid. On the hilltop overlooking the village is this boat shaped castle built in the 13th century. I like the fact that with the lighting on the castle at night the photo looks more like a painting than a photo.
    Russ Jones of Oak Brook

 

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