Images: Weekly contest finalists

A cardinal sits in fresh snow on a fence after a spring snowfall in Gurnee. Kim Vander Yacht of Gurnee
The sun sets over Sentinel Peak in Tucson, AZ as the lights of the neighborhood glow last March. Nancy Giardina of Libertyville
The lights of the Eiffel Tower at sunset in July 2010. Heather Kiluk of Libertyville
Six-year-old Ellie Pavletich seems to challenge a lizard in a “who will blink first” contest at the Kids Expo in Schaumburg last February. Jim Pavletich of Elk Grove Village
A hummingbird is frozen in flight in August of 2008 in western Illinois. Bob Esbensen of Palatine
Steve Stapay of Gilberts“The Lonely Road” is actually County Trunk N near Sayner, WI.
Taken last May at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, I thought this close-up view of a bright orange poppy has a soft and bit abstract look. Susan Birr of Carpentersville
This shot of a church bell tower with cross in Sun City West, AZ. was taken in 2008 and edited in Photoshop Elements 9 using the Brush Strokes filter to give it the dark and gloomy look. Randy Link of Winfield
A vacation photo shows a small “intruder” on a street market display in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Lynn Phillips of Glen Ellyn
I used a macro lens to photograph the bristles of a dust pan sweeper brush while sitting on the floor waiting for my dog to come inside. Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream