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A Merganser takes off from open water near a dam in South Elgin. The bird is a fish-eating duck of freshwater lakes.
A Merganser takes off from open water near a dam in South Elgin. The bird is a fish-eating duck of freshwater lakes.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
I saw a flock of birds moving around in a small tree at the Morton Arboretum. Turns out they were hungry Cedar Waxwings. Cedar Waxwings are one of the most beautiful birds, not a feather out of place.
I saw a flock of birds moving around in a small tree at the Morton Arboretum. Turns out they were hungry Cedar Waxwings. Cedar Waxwings are one of the most beautiful birds, not a feather out of place.
Bonnie Graham of Lombard
I took this photo in January overlooking the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac, WI. I really like this picture because of the interesting snow pattern on the ice
I took this photo in January overlooking the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac, WI. I really like this picture because of the interesting snow pattern on the ice
Ken Olp of Wheaton
"Eye of the Cactus" This is a straight down, close up shot, of the very the top of a cactus in Arizona. I was told it is a Argentine Grand or Argentine Hedgehog. The biological name Echinopsis. When you look close this small cactus very intricate and geometric plant.
"Eye of the Cactus" This is a straight down, close up shot, of the very the top of a cactus in Arizona. I was told it is a Argentine Grand or Argentine Hedgehog. The biological name Echinopsis. When you look close this small cactus very intricate and geometric plant.
Randy Link of Winfield
The Murrow family is reflected in the daughters goggles last weekend during a ski trip in Granite Peak Ski Resort in Wausau Wis.
The Murrow family is reflected in the daughters goggles last weekend during a ski trip in Granite Peak Ski Resort in Wausau Wis.
Mike Murrow of Mundelein
The trees were covered in snow on the edge of Lake Zurich February 9, after a big snowfall.
The trees were covered in snow on the edge of Lake Zurich February 9, after a big snowfall.
Cindy Spudich of Lake Zurich
A snowfall blankets a park bench and surrounding trees in a Round Lake area park last month.
A snowfall blankets a park bench and surrounding trees in a Round Lake area park last month.
Mike Stone of Round Lake Beach
A drop falls from an icicle as it melts outside the window of a Palatine home on February 11, 2017.
A drop falls from an icicle as it melts outside the window of a Palatine home on February 11, 2017.
William A. Rosewell of Palatine
An American flag glows on the front porch of a Buffalo Grove home after a snowfall on Saturday, February 17.
An American flag glows on the front porch of a Buffalo Grove home after a snowfall on Saturday, February 17.
Drew Kapinos of Buffalo Grove
I took this picture of my Flat Coated Retriever Merlin playing in the snow in our yard.
I took this picture of my Flat Coated Retriever Merlin playing in the snow in our yard.
Andy Scherf of Elgin
I took this picture of my favorite tree on one of the really foggy mornings this past week. Looking at it, it's like the only tree in the world.
I took this picture of my favorite tree on one of the really foggy mornings this past week. Looking at it, it's like the only tree in the world.
Tom Nicol of Geneva
Mike Weimer of St. Charles I took this photo on February 15 in Chicagoland when it was a very foggy day. I visited the Morton Arboretum's Spruce Plot because I knew the tall, straight trees would be interesting to photograph in the fog. A jogger added some scale and a human touch in the otherwise mysterious landscape.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles I took this photo on February 15 in Chicagoland when it was a very foggy day. I visited the Morton Arboretum's Spruce Plot because I knew the tall, straight trees would be interesting to photograph in the fog. A jogger added some scale and a human touch in the otherwise mysterious landscape.

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