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  • After a thunderstorm rolled through the Badlands of South Dakota, a tourist watches as the sky turns brilliant colors.

      After a thunderstorm rolled through the Badlands of South Dakota, a tourist watches as the sky turns brilliant colors.
    Bryan McVey of Arlington Heights

  • A red sky glows around a sailboat in Sister Bay, Wisconsin on June 9th, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.

      A red sky glows around a sailboat in Sister Bay, Wisconsin on June 9th, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.
    Sheila O'Gara of Buffalo Grove

  • A dog named Yippie is loving life as it hangs out a car window on the way to Starved Rock.

      A dog named Yippie is loving life as it hangs out a car window on the way to Starved Rock.
    Katherine Wagner of Long Grove

  • A sparrow stands on a lily pad on June 24 at the large pond in the Grant Woods Forest Preserve in Ingleside.

      A sparrow stands on a lily pad on June 24 at the large pond in the Grant Woods Forest Preserve in Ingleside.
    Marty Krogh of Ingleside

  • The sun sets on the golf course after a wedding at the Chevy Chase Golf Club in Wheeling last month.

      The sun sets on the golf course after a wedding at the Chevy Chase Golf Club in Wheeling last month.
    Curt Sriver of Libertyville

  • A moose and her calf drink water at a pond last June in Teton National Park in Wyoming.

      A moose and her calf drink water at a pond last June in Teton National Park in Wyoming.
    Nancy Giardina of Libertyville

  • This picture was taken in Vilas county in northern Wisconsin. I've taken many pictures of the sunsets on Palmer Lake over the years. Each one is unique and always amazing.

      This picture was taken in Vilas county in northern Wisconsin. I've taken many pictures of the sunsets on Palmer Lake over the years. Each one is unique and always amazing.
    Brian Wallace of West Chicago

  • This is a monkey from the Lincoln Park Zoo on June 18th.

      This is a monkey from the Lincoln Park Zoo on June 18th.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • In the British Museum in London, England, I found this totem pole face, as carved by First Nations people from British Columbia. The focus on the face brings the image to life.

      In the British Museum in London, England, I found this totem pole face, as carved by First Nations people from British Columbia. The focus on the face brings the image to life.
    Larry Pearlman of Naperville

  • During a summer vacation to Glacier National Park, my son and I watched this beautiful sunset from the Wild Goose Island Overlook on our first evening in the park.

      During a summer vacation to Glacier National Park, my son and I watched this beautiful sunset from the Wild Goose Island Overlook on our first evening in the park.
    Mike Weimer of St. Charles

  • Leaving our motel in Hays Kansas on our way to Colorado, I looked up and spotted this sunrise emblazoned cloud passing in front of the most recent full moon. Fortunately, I was packing up the car and had my camera in hand to take this shot.

      Leaving our motel in Hays Kansas on our way to Colorado, I looked up and spotted this sunrise emblazoned cloud passing in front of the most recent full moon. Fortunately, I was packing up the car and had my camera in hand to take this shot.
    James Paskiewicz of Algonquin

  • I took this picture of locks left by optimistic lovers on a bridge over the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic.

      I took this picture of locks left by optimistic lovers on a bridge over the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic.
    Jean Brown of Elgin

 

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