Images: Photo contest weekly finalists
Four-year-old Ebony, a labrador mix, plays fetch in a Des Plaines backyard this past March.
Julie Wenk of Des Plaines
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
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