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This photo was taken as my kids and I were picking raspberries at our favorite farm, Rustic Road in Elburn. The grasshopper was enjoying the sunny evening just as we were.
This photo was taken as my kids and I were picking raspberries at our favorite farm, Rustic Road in Elburn. The grasshopper was enjoying the sunny evening just as we were.
Naomi Krodel of Batavia
I took the train to Chicago to attend the Mexican folkloric at Millennium Park, Wednesday, Aug. 30. It was a beautiful night of lively music, enthusiasm, glorious costumes, and dance. And although I did not understand Spanish, and it was entirely in Spanish, I did got goose bumps when the thousands of people there joined in signing traditional songs with the performers. Also the rendition of our national anthem was perhaps the best I have ever heard. I made this photograph with a Nikon D-90 and a Tamron 16-300 millimeter lens. I had a good seat on the aisle in the first section behind reserved seats, and before I left I was allowed to shoot photos from the west side of the stage. It was a wonderful night. I had fun.
I took the train to Chicago to attend the Mexican folkloric at Millennium Park, Wednesday, Aug. 30. It was a beautiful night of lively music, enthusiasm, glorious costumes, and dance. And although I did not understand Spanish, and it was entirely in Spanish, I did got goose bumps when the thousands of people there joined in signing traditional songs with the performers. Also the rendition of our national anthem was perhaps the best I have ever heard. I made this photograph with a Nikon D-90 and a Tamron 16-300 millimeter lens. I had a good seat on the aisle in the first section behind reserved seats, and before I left I was allowed to shoot photos from the west side of the stage. It was a wonderful night. I had fun.
Nina Pulliam of Itasca
My husband and I had the opportunity to see the Tempel Lipizzans perform. It is amazing to see horses fly!
My husband and I had the opportunity to see the Tempel Lipizzans perform. It is amazing to see horses fly!
Sharon Kurth of Elgin
This plant is popularly known as the "golden barrel" cactus, a well known species of cactus in southern Arizona as well as east-central Mexico. I found the best way to accentuate the cactus needles was by zooming in and using photo editing software. The artistic effect I used was able to bring out the exquisite intricacy of nature at work, and added some "pizzazz" as well!
This plant is popularly known as the "golden barrel" cactus, a well known species of cactus in southern Arizona as well as east-central Mexico. I found the best way to accentuate the cactus needles was by zooming in and using photo editing software. The artistic effect I used was able to bring out the exquisite intricacy of nature at work, and added some "pizzazz" as well!
Randy Link of Winfield
Photograph of the Blue Heron was taken at pond located on Diehl Road in Warrenville, across from the movie theater. "Blu" seemed to relish the attention, posing at least five minutes for the camera.
Photograph of the Blue Heron was taken at pond located on Diehl Road in Warrenville, across from the movie theater. "Blu" seemed to relish the attention, posing at least five minutes for the camera.
Mary E White of North Aurora
A ruby-throated hummingbird prepares to feed on a trumpet vine in an Ingleside backyard on August 20.
A ruby-throated hummingbird prepares to feed on a trumpet vine in an Ingleside backyard on August 20.
Marty Krogh of Ingleside
The snow-covered Sierras rise in the distance on a cold and cloudy day in California in the Bodie Hills area in October of 2015.
The snow-covered Sierras rise in the distance on a cold and cloudy day in California in the Bodie Hills area in October of 2015.
Mike Stone of Round Lake Beach
A dolphin jumps out of the pool at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on August 6.
A dolphin jumps out of the pool at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on August 6.
Marci Etienne of Lake Zurich
Toronto runner Darwin Barney beats the throw at home plate to score a run during the August 19 game between the Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Toronto runner Darwin Barney beats the throw at home plate to score a run during the August 19 game between the Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
John Wysocki of Mount Prospect
I took this picture while touring the "picture rocks national seashore" in Upper Michigan. I loved the black and white look of this historic lighthouse.
I took this picture while touring the "picture rocks national seashore" in Upper Michigan. I loved the black and white look of this historic lighthouse.
Gayle Wede of Elgin
A young girl throws some food out to some swans at a pond in Deerfield on August 20.
A young girl throws some food out to some swans at a pond in Deerfield on August 20.
Dennis Heuer of Prospect Heights
The Blue Angels fly past Trump Tower during the Chicago Air & Water Show on Sunday, August 20, as seen from the 30th floor of Sandburg Village.
The Blue Angels fly past Trump Tower during the Chicago Air & Water Show on Sunday, August 20, as seen from the 30th floor of Sandburg Village.
Chris Lajiness of Palatine

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