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The diamond ring effect from the solar eclipse in Makanda, Ill. on August 21.
The diamond ring effect from the solar eclipse in Makanda, Ill. on August 21.
Michael W. Noonan of Arlington Heights
A bumble bee lands on a purple cone flower near a field in Lake Zurich.
A bumble bee lands on a purple cone flower near a field in Lake Zurich.
Cindy Spudich of Lake Zurich
A photo of Trixie, our rescue cat, intently watching in the window for me to bring in her catnip.
A photo of Trixie, our rescue cat, intently watching in the window for me to bring in her catnip.
Nancy Willford of Lombard
The male mandrill is surprised at the Milwaukee County Zoo last month. The mandrill is a primate of the old world monkey family.
The male mandrill is surprised at the Milwaukee County Zoo last month. The mandrill is a primate of the old world monkey family.
Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
A blue-footed booby taken in Galápagos Islands recently. And with a blue-footed booby baby. Try saying that five times!!
A blue-footed booby taken in Galápagos Islands recently. And with a blue-footed booby baby. Try saying that five times!!
Sue Hervey of Wheaton
We visited California recently, and spent a couple of days in San Francisco. The first day was pretty foggy, but we were lucky enough to have a clear day when we visited the Presidio. I was fortunate enough to get a completely clear shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from the north end.
We visited California recently, and spent a couple of days in San Francisco. The first day was pretty foggy, but we were lucky enough to have a clear day when we visited the Presidio. I was fortunate enough to get a completely clear shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from the north end.
Robin Green of Warrenville
A player takes to the air after catching a pass during a scrimmage match between Elmhurst College and Aurora University last month.
A player takes to the air after catching a pass during a scrimmage match between Elmhurst College and Aurora University last month.
Christine M Solum of Arlington Heights
A Dalmatian named Scout takes in the sun at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota last month.
A Dalmatian named Scout takes in the sun at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota last month.
Leslie Coslet of Wauconda
A blue heron flies over a coyote near Red Top Park in Libertyville.
A blue heron flies over a coyote near Red Top Park in Libertyville.
Cheryl Salerno of Libertyville
Tamra Sengstock of ElginLast August my husband and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana for the 100th year anniversary of the National Parks. We had the chance to see this most spectacular sight on Lake Josephine during our Glacier Park boat tour!
Tamra Sengstock of ElginLast August my husband and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana for the 100th year anniversary of the National Parks. We had the chance to see this most spectacular sight on Lake Josephine during our Glacier Park boat tour!
This photo was taken last week (August 27, 2017). I was sitting on my backyard patio and saw something run through my yard. As I tried to see where it went, I realized he went under the neighbors deck. I ran back to get my iPhone and next thing I know he's posing his head from underneath the step. It was a huge groundhog out during the middle of the day! I live on the east side of Batavia in a totally residential neighborhood and not in the country.
This photo was taken last week (August 27, 2017). I was sitting on my backyard patio and saw something run through my yard. As I tried to see where it went, I realized he went under the neighbors deck. I ran back to get my iPhone and next thing I know he's posing his head from underneath the step. It was a huge groundhog out during the middle of the day! I live on the east side of Batavia in a totally residential neighborhood and not in the country.
KEITH JACOBI of Batavia
Early evening in the garden.   Always so peaceful to watch the bees absorbed in going from flower to flower in their quest for nectar. I love summer.
Early evening in the garden. Always so peaceful to watch the bees absorbed in going from flower to flower in their quest for nectar. I love summer.
Marilyn Estes of Dundee Township
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