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On a misty night in Chicago, the beacon light warns ships on Lake Michigan traveling in the dark night that land is nearby.
On a misty night in Chicago, the beacon light warns ships on Lake Michigan traveling in the dark night that land is nearby.
James Kristof of Lake Barrington
A large explosion occurred during the July Fourth fireworks display at Community Center Park in Rolling Meadows. The event took place at the end of the show causing intense heat but luckily no injuries.
A large explosion occurred during the July Fourth fireworks display at Community Center Park in Rolling Meadows. The event took place at the end of the show causing intense heat but luckily no injuries.
Ronald Coulter of Palatine
A butterfly latches onto a woman's pant leg at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last month. She walked around with it until it was attracted to someone else.
A butterfly latches onto a woman's pant leg at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last month. She walked around with it until it was attracted to someone else.
Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
Extraordinary weather created vibrant colors this past winter on February 15 in Genoa City, Wis.
Extraordinary weather created vibrant colors this past winter on February 15 in Genoa City, Wis.
Tracy Parker of Ingleside
Semi-trucks are submerged in water during the recent flooding in Libertyville in July.
Semi-trucks are submerged in water during the recent flooding in Libertyville in July.
Terry Weppler of Libertyville
I photographed a bird I had never seen before today. I had to go home and look it up. This was taken in Oakbrook.It is a female belted kingfisher. Unlike most female birds it is more colorful then the male.
I photographed a bird I had never seen before today. I had to go home and look it up. This was taken in Oakbrook.It is a female belted kingfisher. Unlike most female birds it is more colorful then the male.
Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove
Taken at Morton Arboretum with an iPhone 7. I was interested in the beautiful colors of the echinacea, but in reviewing the image was pleasantly surprised to see the great detail of the bee working hard.
Taken at Morton Arboretum with an iPhone 7. I was interested in the beautiful colors of the echinacea, but in reviewing the image was pleasantly surprised to see the great detail of the bee working hard.
Grace Braband of Naperville
I took this picture of two ring-tailed lemurs at Disneyworld's Animal Kingdom. I was quite surprised when one of them suddenly leapt on the tree branch making this an exciting action shot.
I took this picture of two ring-tailed lemurs at Disneyworld's Animal Kingdom. I was quite surprised when one of them suddenly leapt on the tree branch making this an exciting action shot.
Bill Burlison of Winfield
I took this photo of a hummingbird enjoying the nectar of a black & blue salvia in our backyard.
I took this photo of a hummingbird enjoying the nectar of a black & blue salvia in our backyard.
Paul McDonough of Algonquin
I took this photo of Nana & our youngest grandbaby heading to our lake in the northwoods.
I took this photo of Nana & our youngest grandbaby heading to our lake in the northwoods.
Diane Eadler of Hampshire
This picture was taken from our hotel room in Monterosso, Italy, overlooking the other four cities of the Cinque Terre along the Mediterranean coast.
This picture was taken from our hotel room in Monterosso, Italy, overlooking the other four cities of the Cinque Terre along the Mediterranean coast.
Hal Burgeson of St. Charles
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