Images: Photo contest weekly finalists

A man makes his way across the ocean near Lankai Beach at Mokulua Islands, Oahu. Bob Denaro of Long Grove
A sea shell found at Zoni Beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico last month. Molly Moroney of Grayslake
Three jockeys ride side-by-side at Arlington Park on Arlington Million Day in last year. Matt Dempsey of Mount Prospect
A red ant crawls on Queen Ann’s Lace in western Illinois in September 2008. Bob Esbensen of Palatine
The Japanese Quince bush is in full bloom at a farm southwest of Springfield. Colleen Walker of Round Lake Beach
A dog enjoys the sunset on the beach at Hilton Head, SC. Kelly Salt of Wheaton
Lightning outlines the Volcano Agua in Antigua, Guatemala. Daniel Price of Glen Ellyn
A laid back and obviously well-fed rabbit sits for a portrait at Elmhurst College. Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
While on vacation, we visited a cove in La Jolla California where Harbor Seals were raising their new born. This little one was laying on a rock, close to the waves, with it’s mother. It looked like they were both sleeping, but just as a wave was about to hit the rock they would both raise their heads and let the water roll under them. Bob Williams of Huntley
This well-hidden Mourning Dove can be seen on it’s nest in my Hampshire yard, through the branches from a spot only I know about. Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
We’ve had numerous birds nests in our yard but never before has one looked more elegant. Simple and well constructed, this Robin is a master craftsman. Tony and Cathy Pocewicz of Carpentersville