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Images: Photo Contest Finalists

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Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 25.

I took this photo on a recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin. My wife and I watched storm clouds roll across Lake Michigan as boats took shelter in Ephraim's Eagle Harbor.
I took this photo on a recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin. My wife and I watched storm clouds roll across Lake Michigan as boats took shelter in Ephraim's Eagle Harbor.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles,
These are gladiolas from my garden. The picture was taken with my iPad.
These are gladiolas from my garden. The picture was taken with my iPad.
Kathy Rambo of Wheaton
I took this picture at Starved Rock State Park. While hiking a trail I was able to photograph this bird just as it was taking off from a tree branch. Eagles aren't the only birds to see here.
I took this picture at Starved Rock State Park. While hiking a trail I was able to photograph this bird just as it was taking off from a tree branch. Eagles aren't the only birds to see here.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
I took this picture and named it Bee on a Cone.
I took this picture and named it Bee on a Cone.
Terry Holtz of Fox River Grove
This is a picture of a pot from a long lost plant during last Spring in my backyard.
This is a picture of a pot from a long lost plant during last Spring in my backyard.
Valerie A. Didriksen of Lombard
Here's a photo of an orchid at Chicago Botanical Gardens.
Here's a photo of an orchid at Chicago Botanical Gardens.
Maggie Newlin of Naperville
A bee lands on a purple coneflower at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
A bee lands on a purple coneflower at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
Joan Farrell of Island Lake
A migration of wildebeest at the Mara River in Masai Mara, Kenya on August 4th. Wildebeests walk in confusion before crossing a crocodile infested Mara River waiting for the first one to take the leap. Once one jumps they all follow.
A migration of wildebeest at the Mara River in Masai Mara, Kenya on August 4th. Wildebeests walk in confusion before crossing a crocodile infested Mara River waiting for the first one to take the leap. Once one jumps they all follow.
Karen Morrison of Long Grove
A hummingbird flies near a flower in the hummingbird aviary at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ. This museum is a botanical garden, zoo, aquarium and art museum all in one.
A hummingbird flies near a flower in the hummingbird aviary at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ. This museum is a botanical garden, zoo, aquarium and art museum all in one.
Nancy Giardina of Libertyville
A crawfish walks in the middle of a path waving his pincers in the air at the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve this summer.
A crawfish walks in the middle of a path waving his pincers in the air at the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve this summer.
Robyn Meier of Buffalo Grove
A birdhouse is lost in a field of black-eyed Susan's.
A birdhouse is lost in a field of black-eyed Susan's.
Chuck Bennett of Mount Prospect
A busy little spider makes a web overnight on an Arlington Heights front porch.
A busy little spider makes a web overnight on an Arlington Heights front porch.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
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