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  • An ant walks on a red flower in an Elk Grove yard after it was covered in dew drops.

      An ant walks on a red flower in an Elk Grove yard after it was covered in dew drops.
    Jim Krock of Elk Grove Village

  • A little girl has some summer fun playing in the Crown Fountain on July 1st.

      A little girl has some summer fun playing in the Crown Fountain on July 1st.
    Anna-Lise Henriksson of Barrington

  • A bison scratches its head on a tree in Yellowstone National Park on July 18.

      A bison scratches its head on a tree in Yellowstone National Park on July 18.
    CarrieAnn Hill of Arlington Heights

  • A dragonfly lands on a flower at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda last week.

      A dragonfly lands on a flower at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda last week.
    Joan Farrell of Island Lake

  • A toad finds cover in the mulch and bark around a tree. A curved leather strap hangs from an old birdhouse in the background.

      A toad finds cover in the mulch and bark around a tree. A curved leather strap hangs from an old birdhouse in the background.
    Kenneth Sherman of Lake Villa

  • A soldier takes a break and smokes a pipe under a shady tree at the Civil War re-enactment at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda on July 13.

      A soldier takes a break and smokes a pipe under a shady tree at the Civil War re-enactment at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda on July 13.
    Dan Mayworm of Mundelein

  • I took this photo of a blue copper butterfly resting beside a small stream near Glen Haven, Colorado. The sparkle of the quartz stone was really enhanced by a recent shower.

      I took this photo of a blue copper butterfly resting beside a small stream near Glen Haven, Colorado. The sparkle of the quartz stone was really enhanced by a recent shower.
    James Paskiewicz of Algonquin

  • This picture was taken in the UP of Michigan. I was hiking a trail with a series of waterfalls as the Black River flows into Lake Superior. I liked the contrast of the white water against the dark brown stone and the green of the vegetation.

      This picture was taken in the UP of Michigan. I was hiking a trail with a series of waterfalls as the Black River flows into Lake Superior. I liked the contrast of the white water against the dark brown stone and the green of the vegetation.
    Brian Wallace of West Chicago

  • I took the picture of this emu at the Promised Land drive through zoo in southwest Missouri. All the animals are rescues from private owners who couldn't keep them anymore.

      I took the picture of this emu at the Promised Land drive through zoo in southwest Missouri. All the animals are rescues from private owners who couldn't keep them anymore.
    Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

  • While taking an architectural boat tour, I took this picture of TRUMP Tower and was amazed by the beautiful reflection of the surrounding buildings. Even with all the controversy over the letters, the building is still a wonderful addition to the city's skyline.

      While taking an architectural boat tour, I took this picture of TRUMP Tower and was amazed by the beautiful reflection of the surrounding buildings. Even with all the controversy over the letters, the building is still a wonderful addition to the city's skyline.
    David Richter of St. Charles

  • I love to take fireworks photos, this was at Itasca fest on the 4th of July. My other favorite is flowers. A light bulb went off in my head, I thought why not combine the 2 photos to make something unique.

      I love to take fireworks photos, this was at Itasca fest on the 4th of July. My other favorite is flowers. A light bulb went off in my head, I thought why not combine the 2 photos to make something unique.
    Emil Schiavo of Itasca

  • Here's a dragonfly I photographed at the Morton Arboretum July 17.

      Here's a dragonfly I photographed at the Morton Arboretum July 17.
    John R. Harrold of West Chicago

 

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