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A hummingbird stops in midair at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
A hummingbird stops in midair at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
This photo was taken in my garden. Beautiful Dragonfly visitor.
This photo was taken in my garden. Beautiful Dragonfly visitor.
Keren Cinzio of Naperville
The sun sets during night baseball at Wrigley Field in Chicago on September 12.
The sun sets during night baseball at Wrigley Field in Chicago on September 12.
Cindy Madson of Grayslake
It was taken by me about 4 p.m. on September 7, 2017. My wife and I had just arrived at a house that we had rented for a long weekend getaway in South Haven, Michigan. The house was located less than a block from the Lake Michigan shoreline, so after unpacking the auto I decided to walk down to the beach. Fortunately, I grabbed my Sony RX100 camera. When I got to the beach it was obvious that a storm was brewing over the lake. I took two photos while on the beach. I am only a casual amateur photographer but even I was amazed at how one of them turned out.
It was taken by me about 4 p.m. on September 7, 2017. My wife and I had just arrived at a house that we had rented for a long weekend getaway in South Haven, Michigan. The house was located less than a block from the Lake Michigan shoreline, so after unpacking the auto I decided to walk down to the beach. Fortunately, I grabbed my Sony RX100 camera. When I got to the beach it was obvious that a storm was brewing over the lake. I took two photos while on the beach. I am only a casual amateur photographer but even I was amazed at how one of them turned out.
Bob Hohlman of Naperville
A bald faced hornet leaves a nest at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle on August 21.
A bald faced hornet leaves a nest at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle on August 21.
Bill Merrick of Elk Grove Village
An acrobatic squirrel hangs from a giant sunflower and prepares to eat a seed in a Des Plaines garden.
An acrobatic squirrel hangs from a giant sunflower and prepares to eat a seed in a Des Plaines garden.
Ken Juranek of Des Plaines
Water lilies stand against the dark reflection in the water last month at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Water lilies stand against the dark reflection in the water last month at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Perry G. Downs of Grayslake
Old World Wisconsin near Eagle, Wisconsin showcases several of the state's early settler communities. It has many historic buildings, gardens, and animals, including this horse and barn.
Old World Wisconsin near Eagle, Wisconsin showcases several of the state's early settler communities. It has many historic buildings, gardens, and animals, including this horse and barn.
Robert M. Sharp of Gilberts
The corrals by me on the east side of Elgin are mowed regularly while the horses are out. To my surprise last week when a mower started mowing the center corral a horse in each side corral raced to the fence to watch him. I'm not sure which fascinated the horses the most, the mower or the driver.
The corrals by me on the east side of Elgin are mowed regularly while the horses are out. To my surprise last week when a mower started mowing the center corral a horse in each side corral raced to the fence to watch him. I'm not sure which fascinated the horses the most, the mower or the driver.
Mary Lou Roder of Elgin
Two nighttime adventurers look at the Milky Way on August 11 in Merrimack County, NH on top of Mount Kearsarge.
Two nighttime adventurers look at the Milky Way on August 11 in Merrimack County, NH on top of Mount Kearsarge.
Gray Dragin of Antioch
While going out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage was in awe at the early morning sky.
While going out on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage was in awe at the early morning sky.
Colette Parzygnat of Lombard
We visited Portland Oregon during the last week of July. Due to wildfires in Canada, it was overcast and hazy. The temperature was abnormally warm, averaging in the high nineties. To escape the heat we visited Mulnomah Falls, thirty miles east of Portland. The Falls are the tallest in the state at 620 feet high. Just as my husband made it up to the bridge, the sun peeked out. Although Henry was barely visible, the view was stunning! I took a photo from below to capture one of our favorite memories of the trip.
We visited Portland Oregon during the last week of July. Due to wildfires in Canada, it was overcast and hazy. The temperature was abnormally warm, averaging in the high nineties. To escape the heat we visited Mulnomah Falls, thirty miles east of Portland. The Falls are the tallest in the state at 620 feet high. Just as my husband made it up to the bridge, the sun peeked out. Although Henry was barely visible, the view was stunning! I took a photo from below to capture one of our favorite memories of the trip.
Joanne Gurion of Dundee
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