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A frog peeks up from a pond in the Idea Garden area of Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
A frog peeks up from a pond in the Idea Garden area of Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
Baby Eagle learning to fly. His sibling was watching in the nest.
Baby Eagle learning to fly. His sibling was watching in the nest.
Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove
"Pool's open!" We love watching the birds splash in our backyard bird bath. Doesn't take them long to find the fresh water.
"Pool's open!" We love watching the birds splash in our backyard bird bath. Doesn't take them long to find the fresh water.
Kim Van Oss of Wheaton
This Red-bellied Woodpecker stops by the bird feeder occasionally, but he is much more interested in the tree nearby. His bright red cap makes him easy to spot, though he is seldom still, making him a challenge to photograph. He almost seemed to pose for a brief second, then went back to work.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker stops by the bird feeder occasionally, but he is much more interested in the tree nearby. His bright red cap makes him easy to spot, though he is seldom still, making him a challenge to photograph. He almost seemed to pose for a brief second, then went back to work.
Robin Green of Warrenville
A colorful neighborhood in Trinidad, Cuba on May 7.
A colorful neighborhood in Trinidad, Cuba on May 7.
Paul Snead of Mount Prospect
Two gray squirrels chase and play with each other and then they settled into an embrace in Elk Grove Village on June 11.
Two gray squirrels chase and play with each other and then they settled into an embrace in Elk Grove Village on June 11.
Bill Merrick of Elk Grove Village
A macro close-up of a dandelion on May 26.
A macro close-up of a dandelion on May 26.
Cindy Spudich of Lake Zurich
Two Canada geese protect their nest with three goslings on Channel Lake near Antioch on May 8.
Two Canada geese protect their nest with three goslings on Channel Lake near Antioch on May 8.
Jim Huskey of Libertyville
A rowboat is nestled among the lake flora near a small landing in Grayslake on July 3, 2016.
A rowboat is nestled among the lake flora near a small landing in Grayslake on July 3, 2016.
Kelley Dorner of Grayslake
Mike Weimer of St. CharlesDuring an April trip to Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL, I photographed these colorful tulip beds with the backlight highlighting the petals. I appreciated how the gardeners had planted some cool purple tulips to complement the main warm orange and yellow tulips.
Mike Weimer of St. CharlesDuring an April trip to Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL, I photographed these colorful tulip beds with the backlight highlighting the petals. I appreciated how the gardeners had planted some cool purple tulips to complement the main warm orange and yellow tulips.
Emily Ortmann of AlgonquinThis was taken downtown Chicago a week or so ago.
Emily Ortmann of AlgonquinThis was taken downtown Chicago a week or so ago.
Tami Bone of GenevaI took this picture of the beautiful lilies at my daughter's house this week. I had been there three days earlier and they were not blooming at all. What a difference three days can make. I like the difference in coloring between the blooms at the top of the picture and the blooms at the bottom due to the way the sunlight hits the petals.
Tami Bone of GenevaI took this picture of the beautiful lilies at my daughter's house this week. I had been there three days earlier and they were not blooming at all. What a difference three days can make. I like the difference in coloring between the blooms at the top of the picture and the blooms at the bottom due to the way the sunlight hits the petals.
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