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A peacock shows off its plumage in Darlington, Wisconsin.
A peacock shows off its plumage in Darlington, Wisconsin.
Viveca Skyles of Lakemoor
Daniel and Sebastian Dorszewski mark their Blackhawks spirit with a chalk drawing on a Palatine driveway of the Chicago Blackhawks logo.
Daniel and Sebastian Dorszewski mark their Blackhawks spirit with a chalk drawing on a Palatine driveway of the Chicago Blackhawks logo.
Wes Dorszewski of Palatine
A gull eats a cracker on a cruise ship balcony in Victoria, British Columbia on June 1.
A gull eats a cracker on a cruise ship balcony in Victoria, British Columbia on June 1.
Patty Hefferan of Hawthorn Woods
A wood duck swims at sunset on Cuba Marsh Pond near Lake Zurich.
A wood duck swims at sunset on Cuba Marsh Pond near Lake Zurich.
Bob Warren of Lake Zurich
The sun rises over Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve near Long Grove last month.
The sun rises over Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve near Long Grove last month.
Kevin Joyce of Long Grove
A white butterfly lands on a stalk with a red cluster of flowers in the Butterflies and Bloom Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden on June 20.
A white butterfly lands on a stalk with a red cluster of flowers in the Butterflies and Bloom Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden on June 20.
Jeff Pietroski of Buffalo Grove
Here's a picture I took at the Morton Arboretum with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel.
Here's a picture I took at the Morton Arboretum with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel.
Paul P. Didzerekis of Wheaton
This photo was taken at the 2013 Carol Stream Summer Fest. I used a tripod and shutter release for this long exposure photo of "The Edge" ride. The United States flag as well as the Illinois and Carol Stream flags can be seen in the background.
This photo was taken at the 2013 Carol Stream Summer Fest. I used a tripod and shutter release for this long exposure photo of "The Edge" ride. The United States flag as well as the Illinois and Carol Stream flags can be seen in the background.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
Up close and personal with a hawk.
Up close and personal with a hawk.
Randy Link of Winfield
The other morning I was driving past some houses that backed up to Turnberry Country Club in Lakewood. I shot this photo between two of the houses as the sun came up through the fog.
The other morning I was driving past some houses that backed up to Turnberry Country Club in Lakewood. I shot this photo between two of the houses as the sun came up through the fog.
Marc Moxon of Woodstock
I took this picture while on a tour of the Meramec Caverns in Missouri. While coming home from Arkansas, and seeing a dozen billboards telling us to see the caverns, my wife an I said "why not". The tour was well done, and the caverns beautiful.
I took this picture while on a tour of the Meramec Caverns in Missouri. While coming home from Arkansas, and seeing a dozen billboards telling us to see the caverns, my wife an I said "why not". The tour was well done, and the caverns beautiful.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
This photo was taken in Chicago in a fountain near the bean. This duck got really close to us and stayed there for about 5 minutes. Of course I zoomed in a little bit but I was amazed that this picture was actually taken by me.
This photo was taken in Chicago in a fountain near the bean. This duck got really close to us and stayed there for about 5 minutes. Of course I zoomed in a little bit but I was amazed that this picture was actually taken by me.
Emma Olsberg of Hampshire
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