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This fall photo was taken in 2016 during a visit to St. James Farm, a part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve system. I was drawn to the size contrast between the large, colorful trees and the diminutive dog walker with her dogs walking along the farm's horse path.
This fall photo was taken in 2016 during a visit to St. James Farm, a part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve system. I was drawn to the size contrast between the large, colorful trees and the diminutive dog walker with her dogs walking along the farm's horse path.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles
Mt. FItzroy dominated the scene throughout our trek near El Chalten in the Patagonian region of Argentina. When turning one corner, the stream fed by glaciers from it heights framed this view in spectacular fashion.
Mt. FItzroy dominated the scene throughout our trek near El Chalten in the Patagonian region of Argentina. When turning one corner, the stream fed by glaciers from it heights framed this view in spectacular fashion.
Mark Biernacki of Elgin
This picture was taken in Badlands N.P. this past September. The color was good since it rained earlier in the day. Native Americans fled through the badlands to escape the U.S. cavalry. They reached their safe place south of here. That place was Wounded Knee.
This picture was taken in Badlands N.P. this past September. The color was good since it rained earlier in the day. Native Americans fled through the badlands to escape the U.S. cavalry. They reached their safe place south of here. That place was Wounded Knee.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
While visiting the Graue Mill Museum in Oak Brook, IL I decided to take a close up of the water at the dam that provides the power for the mill.  I think the photo is interesting because of the vivid colors and movement of the water.
While visiting the Graue Mill Museum in Oak Brook, IL I decided to take a close up of the water at the dam that provides the power for the mill. I think the photo is interesting because of the vivid colors and movement of the water.
Gay Nass of Lombard
It was amazing to watch the birds wheel through the air with breaktaking beauty that could only be seen through a lense.
It was amazing to watch the birds wheel through the air with breaktaking beauty that could only be seen through a lense.
Anna-Catherine McGraw of Wheaton
This photo was taken on Sunday, October 15th.  The Glendale Heights Spartans Football team took on Elmhurst at Nazos Park in Glendale Heights after two straight days of solid rain.  The game was deemed the Mud Bowl.
This photo was taken on Sunday, October 15th. The Glendale Heights Spartans Football team took on Elmhurst at Nazos Park in Glendale Heights after two straight days of solid rain. The game was deemed the Mud Bowl.
David Genty of Glendale Heights
The Grist Mill in Babcock State Park in West Virginia on October 22nd. With almost 80 percent covered in natural forest, West Virginia is a great state to visit for "leaf peepers" during the fall.
The Grist Mill in Babcock State Park in West Virginia on October 22nd. With almost 80 percent covered in natural forest, West Virginia is a great state to visit for "leaf peepers" during the fall.
Mark Peschke of Gurnee
Burnt orange leaves from an oak tree are illuminated by the sun creating a sunstar appearing though a hole at the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve in Grayslake in November of 2106.
Burnt orange leaves from an oak tree are illuminated by the sun creating a sunstar appearing though a hole at the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve in Grayslake in November of 2106.
Mike Stone of Round Lake Beach
A leaf in the grass is covered in frost on the first cold day of the fall on Thursday October 26.
A leaf in the grass is covered in frost on the first cold day of the fall on Thursday October 26.
Cindy Spudich of Lake Zurich
A frog stares up from a lily pond at the Cantigny Park pond in Wheaton.
A frog stares up from a lily pond at the Cantigny Park pond in Wheaton.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
A bubble lays on top of grass in a field in Krefeld, Germany on June 11th.
A bubble lays on top of grass in a field in Krefeld, Germany on June 11th.
Katrina Krause of Palatine
Seven-year-old Max Finder enjoys the last vestiges of summer as he runs through the water fountain in Schaumburg's Town Square in August of 2017.
Seven-year-old Max Finder enjoys the last vestiges of summer as he runs through the water fountain in Schaumburg's Town Square in August of 2017.
Marni Finder of Mount Prospect
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