posted: 3/16/2018 1:00 AM
The winning images of our weekly photo contest
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I took this photo at Orchids by Hausermann in Villa Park, IL, at their annual orchid show. The picture is a favorite because the orchids look as if they are having a conversation against the rather dramatic backdrop.
Gay Nass of Lombard
I'm tired of winter weather and have dreams of sitting on the dock with my coffee enjoying the quiet, and watching the morning mist burn off. I like this photo as I feel the chairs are beckoning me to enjoy the fresh air and get ready for a paddle on the board.
Deb Solarski of Naperville
After the snowstorm in early February, the sun finally came out and temperatures warmed up. The snow started to melt off the evergreens in my front yard leaving them decorated with tiny water droplets.
Lisa Weier of West Chicago
This is a picture of a Mourning Dove sitting on its nest which contained two eggs. The nest was in a pine tree in my backyard. I used a telephoto lens to avoid getting to near the bird and risk scaring it off the nest. This was taken in April several years ago.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
This squirrel seems unbothered by the weather as he chows down on squirrelfood we put out on our deck each day.
Sandra Wittman of Carpentersville
Last March, these beautiful Crocus plants were just emerging from the soil in a garden in Geneva, IL. I photographed them after a rainy morning in order to capture the raindrops clinging to the petals.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles
A street scene in Chicago's Jewelers Row taken on a warm January 2018 afternoon.
Mike Stone of Round Lake Beach
Reflection of a killdeer in the shallow water of a lake next to Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville last month.
Kristin Kohl of Libertyville
The Arch in St. Louis taken in 2016.
Shawn Killackey of Mundelein
Mick and Mary take pictures of the frozen waterfall from behind the column of ice at Ottawa Falls in Starved Rock State Park on February 12.
Gary Carmichael of Des Plaines
Succulents on display at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago in January.
Aubrie Rodheim of Schaumburg
A magical winter sunrise at Chicago Botanic Garden after a freshly fallen snowfall Sunday on February 18.
Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect
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