Images: Weekly photo contest finalists

A colorful lilly. Barbara Nice-Miller of Bloomingdale
A color filter accentuates the pinks and blues of an echinacea plant at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last September. Susan Birr of Carpentersville
The sun filtered through the trees on the path at Apple Caynon Lake in Thompson, IL. Donna Haage of Huntley
A Tamron macro lens on a Canon D-SLR was used to make an abstract photograph of my cat’s favorite toy. It is a plastic ball with slits and a jingle bell inside. Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
A colorful tulip in bloom. Sherry D’Marco of Naperville
A poison dart frog sits on a leaf on Bastimentos Island in Panama last month. This frog is the size of a pinky fingernail. Linda Lenhardt of Tower Lakes
A lightning bolt streaks across the nighttime sky in Rolling Meadows during a storm this past summer. Phil V. Rybarczyk of Rolling Meadows
A cactus is in full bloom in the desert in Phoenix, AZ last month. Jane I. Simmerman of Palatine
These geese pair up during mating season in the spring at The Glen in Glenview. Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect
An American Bald Eagle can be seen in a tree on the left as the sun sets over Lake Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park in October. Paolo Stefani of Vernon Hills
It took 30 minutes for Ryan Whelan, 11, and Evan Schaefer to reel in a four-foot, 38-pound carp from the pond on Lagoon Drive in Hawthorn Woods on April 23. Amy Whelan of Hawthorn Woods