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  • The sunsets in bold colors when all of a sudden a flock of birds flew by near Highway 88W in Dixon, Illinois on August 15.

      The sunsets in bold colors when all of a sudden a flock of birds flew by near Highway 88W in Dixon, Illinois on August 15.
    Viveca Joy Skyles of Lakemoor

  • A solemn woman sits on the steps at night outside Soldier Field in Chicago after a concert.

      A solemn woman sits on the steps at night outside Soldier Field in Chicago after a concert.
    Deb Marak or Arlington Heights

  • A praying mantis looks like an alien looking creature along a creek bed in Des Plaines last month.

      A praying mantis looks like an alien looking creature along a creek bed in Des Plaines last month.
    Butch Law of Des Plaines

  • Avery Burt celebrates her third birthday on August 16ht by blowing out the candles on her cake with her dad, Rob, looking on.

      Avery Burt celebrates her third birthday on August 16ht by blowing out the candles on her cake with her dad, Rob, looking on.
    Doug Fulford of Inverness

  • A group of women dressed as comic book heroes as they participated in the 5K mud run at Komen Pretty Muddy 2014 in Orland Park.

      A group of women dressed as comic book heroes as they participated in the 5K mud run at Komen Pretty Muddy 2014 in Orland Park.
    Julie Bond of Libertyville

  • A beautiful sunset at a park in Mundelein in June.

      A beautiful sunset at a park in Mundelein in June.
    Cindy Madson of Mundelein

  • I took this photo during a recent visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden, I noticed this dragonfly circling and returning to a favorite resting spot.

      I took this photo during a recent visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden, I noticed this dragonfly circling and returning to a favorite resting spot.
    Susan Birr of Carpentersville

  • This photo was taken at the Lincoln Park zoo of a gorilla pondering her thoughts.

      This photo was taken at the Lincoln Park zoo of a gorilla pondering her thoughts.
    Maggie Newlin of Naperville

  • My husband and daughter enjoy the view by sitting together after hiking Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park, Maine. No words necessary, as both enjoy each other's company and the beauty of our National Parks. This was taken with a Canon Rebel XTI, 18-55 mm lens.

      My husband and daughter enjoy the view by sitting together after hiking Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park, Maine. No words necessary, as both enjoy each other's company and the beauty of our National Parks. This was taken with a Canon Rebel XTI, 18-55 mm lens.
    Bonnie Graham of Lombard

  • I took this photo in Sinks Canyon State Park of Wyoming near the Popo Agie river. The patterns of both the upper and undersides of these winged wonders combined with the contrasting colors of the flowers have embedded a memory of Sinks Canyon that will always be cherished.

      I took this photo in Sinks Canyon State Park of Wyoming near the Popo Agie river. The patterns of both the upper and undersides of these winged wonders combined with the contrasting colors of the flowers have embedded a memory of Sinks Canyon that will always be cherished.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • This photo was taken in my backyard. I can't pass up the beauty of flowers and butterflies while they last.

      This photo was taken in my backyard. I can't pass up the beauty of flowers and butterflies while they last.
    Sallie Wiedemann of Elgin

  • This was taken through my home's french door window as a hummingbird dropped by for afternoon visit at the planter just outside the door.

      This was taken through my home's french door window as a hummingbird dropped by for afternoon visit at the planter just outside the door.
    Lori Galbreath of Glen Ellyn

 

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 September 1.

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