posted: 7/11/2014 1:01 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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A couple was engaged with the nature around them as they pass a marsh of reeds at Busse Woods.
Deb Marak of Arlington Heights
The fantastic fireworks show in Libertyville on the Fourth of July made for an unusual display of light and color creating one scene that looked like a bouquet of flowers with pollen blowing off.
Nancy Giardina of Libertyville
A goose takes a break from eating grass to consider the local surroundings on June 8 near Lake Farmington in Kildeer.
Steve Parmelee of Kildeer
Twilight fishing on Long Lake in Ingleside on June 13.
Dawn Mazzuca of Ingleside
Friends Alex Tinaglia, Jimmy Tinaglia, Nick Tinaglia, Connor Solum and Mike Kintzle form a five-man pyramid on water skis on their second attempt ever. It was quite a sight in Princeton, Wisconsin over the Fourth of July weekend.
Christine M. Solum of Arlington Heights
Fred is a very friendly cat who enjoys the surroundings of his Inverness home.
Carol Arnolde of Inverness
I took this picture of my daughter Nicole and her friends, Fiona, Ashley, Courtney and Cara on graduation day in front of St. Charles East High School. I love this picture because the hats show up so nicely against the white ceiling, and you can also see their shadow on the ground all in a row.
Melissa Sciurba of St. Charles
I took this picture of my grandson as he played for hours in our backyard with the hose. I snapped this as he was filling the pool, a task he enjoyed as much as the pool itself.
Don Smith of Hampshire
I took this picture of a lumberjack as he took down the upper-most branch of the tallest and oldest Cottonwood tree in this area of Algonquin
Paul McDonough of Algonquin
I took this photo of a mother keeping her little ones all in a line at Herrick Lake. I titled it Watchful Eye. I have a Nikon camera.
Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove
Standing behind a large 9'x5' 'burial flag' of my fathers, I looked through the blue field with the stars (called the "canton" or the "union"), and saw my smaller flag. It was a moving and patriotic moment. I used the manual focus to focus on the small flag, behind and through the large flag, to capture this great blessing of freedom.
Randy Link of Winfield
On a recent trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, I couldn't believe how heavy the mist was, and how beautiful the rainbow was.
Sandra Shepard of Lombard
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