posted: 3/2/2018 1:00 AM
The winning images of our weekly photo contest
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Colorful parasols hang from the ceiling in the greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden highlighting the beautiful orchids on display last month.
Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
I took this picture on the shoulder of Shaffner Rd by Cantigny. I believe the scene is more autumnal than the warm February day it was taken on!
George Martwick of Warrenville
The star lights glow from a pair of deck chairs dusted in snow creating the perfect touch to winter on January 15 in Grayslake.
Kelley Dorner of Grayslake
All the clouds and rain of the last couple of days have me yearning for Florida and sunshine. I loved the bright blue sky and water, and the pop of orange from the kayaks. This beach photo was taken in January. The beach wasn't very crowded as it was a little cool for Floridians -- only in the seventies!
Robin Green of Warrenville
After they put out a house fire, in Sun City West AZ., these brave firefighters returned back to the Engine to clean off the dirt and soot they had on them and their gear. I liked the shot because it shows the load they carry while they perform their dangerous jobs. Thanks for other job well done!
Randy Link of Winfield
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in downtown Chicago with its unique curves and features catches the reflection of the blue sky in portions of the windows in January.
Mike Stone of Round Lake Beach
A Harris hawk flies overhead at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum during the Raptor Free Flight demonstration.
Nancy Giardina of Libertyville
A close-up of a dandelion head taken in September 2017.
William A. Rosewell of Palatine
Senators goalie Mike Condon makes a save on a shot by Blackhawks player Brandon Saad during the Chicago Blackhawks against the Washington Senators game at the United Center on February 21.
John Wysocki of Mount Prospect
I took this photo from our backyard in Pingree Grove I can feel the serenity of February snow.
Arlene Victoria Eckert of Pingree Grove
I took this photo Sunday morning, Feb 18, the result of Saturday's snowfall. The accumulation of snow on the trees was beautiful, as seen on this pine. Mother Nature is an artist.
Marilyn Estes of Dundee
This photo was taken this February at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL, after a two-inch snowfall etched the trees. In order to represent the classic beauty of this scene, I used a Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens to give the image a soft glow, and then converted the original color photo to black-and-white.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles