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A pair of Macaque monkeys show some affection at The Milwaukee Zoo.
A pair of Macaque monkeys show some affection at The Milwaukee Zoo.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
Fireworks on eve of July Fourth celebrations at Community Park in Hawthorn Woods.
Fireworks on eve of July Fourth celebrations at Community Park in Hawthorn Woods.
Donald E Bolstad of Hawthorn Woods
St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square of Moscow.
St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square of Moscow.
Thomas J. Carbery of Mount Prospect
This was an average-sized Great Blue Heron (about 4 ft. tall) eating the biggest bullfrog I have ever seen! Took him over 20 minutes to swallow it.   Taken at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, IL on 8-7-17.
This was an average-sized Great Blue Heron (about 4 ft. tall) eating the biggest bullfrog I have ever seen! Took him over 20 minutes to swallow it. Taken at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, IL on 8-7-17.
Joan Campbell of Downers Grove
This was taken at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. I love this picture because it brings out the vibrancy and the colors of the State Fair. It speaks of the happy mood people have when they visit the fair.
This was taken at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. I love this picture because it brings out the vibrancy and the colors of the State Fair. It speaks of the happy mood people have when they visit the fair.
Saral Gupta of Aurora
I took this photo while in a gondola in Venice, Italy. I wanted to capture the brightly painted houses that lined the canals.
I took this photo while in a gondola in Venice, Italy. I wanted to capture the brightly painted houses that lined the canals.
Maci Yelaska of Naperville
A mountain is reflected in the lake in Yellowstone Park last month. The photographer, Joan Hammel, took the picture after returning from her Artist in Residency where she composed new music for the National Park Service.
A mountain is reflected in the lake in Yellowstone Park last month. The photographer, Joan Hammel, took the picture after returning from her Artist in Residency where she composed new music for the National Park Service.
Joan Hammel Of Wildwood
A boat sails on Bangs Lake in Wauconda for the first time after the flood.
A boat sails on Bangs Lake in Wauconda for the first time after the flood.
Sharlene Harjung of Wauconda
Chicago jazz greats Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin perform at the Deer Park Wine & Jazz Festival.
Chicago jazz greats Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin perform at the Deer Park Wine & Jazz Festival.
Kevin T. McDermott of Palatine
This photo was taken inside the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, TX. this past June. It shows the area where 40 million pages of LBJ documents are in climate controlled storage. I liked all the rectangle shapes creating the bigger picture. The black granite monument pulls the viewer up the staircase to the document wall.
This photo was taken inside the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, TX. this past June. It shows the area where 40 million pages of LBJ documents are in climate controlled storage. I liked all the rectangle shapes creating the bigger picture. The black granite monument pulls the viewer up the staircase to the document wall.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
The weather didn't cooperate here in Geneva for the eclipse, but I was able to get at least this ethereal image of its beginning among the gathering clouds. I used a polarizer filter on my Fujifilm HS10 camera and set the aperture to f8.0 for the digital exposure.
The weather didn't cooperate here in Geneva for the eclipse, but I was able to get at least this ethereal image of its beginning among the gathering clouds. I used a polarizer filter on my Fujifilm HS10 camera and set the aperture to f8.0 for the digital exposure.
Ron Rawson of Geneva
This is a photo of Bryce Amphitheatre in Bryce National Canyon (Utah). While on a road trip last month there were plenty of chances to snap photos of landscapes, sunsets, and petroglyphs. This is one of my favorites.
This is a photo of Bryce Amphitheatre in Bryce National Canyon (Utah). While on a road trip last month there were plenty of chances to snap photos of landscapes, sunsets, and petroglyphs. This is one of my favorites.
Michael Bone of Geneva
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