Winning images of our weekly photo contest

 
 
Posted7/20/2018 1:00 AM
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A Halloween pennant dragonfly hangs onto a purple coneflower. It gets their name because of the orange and black colors and the fact that they perch on plants and wave in the breeze like pennants.
A Halloween pennant dragonfly hangs onto a purple coneflower. It gets their name because of the orange and black colors and the fact that they perch on plants and wave in the breeze like pennants.
Cindy Spudich of Lake Zurich
The picture of this tree was taken in Arches National Park, Utah in 2013. This tree shows that it has lived through some tough times, but it isn't ready to give up on life.
The picture of this tree was taken in Arches National Park, Utah in 2013. This tree shows that it has lived through some tough times, but it isn't ready to give up on life.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
Rural Illinois roadside in July. The photo was taken at the end of our farm driveway July 16. I liked how the mailbox catches your attention and breaks the repetitive line of the road, corn field and sky.
Rural Illinois roadside in July. The photo was taken at the end of our farm driveway July 16. I liked how the mailbox catches your attention and breaks the repetitive line of the road, corn field and sky.
Pat Hartmann of Elgin
Last October on a Sunday while visiting Randall Oaks Zoo the alpaca named Jewels perched himself high up on large rocks so as to keep an eye on all of us visitors. Jewels is still calling the zoo his home so I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
Last October on a Sunday while visiting Randall Oaks Zoo the alpaca named Jewels perched himself high up on large rocks so as to keep an eye on all of us visitors. Jewels is still calling the zoo his home so I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
Mary Lou Roder of Elgin
Family outing on Lake Michigan, July 4. We watched this storm approach as it got dark. I particularly like the blue sky peeking through as the more ominous clouds cover the Chicago skyline and the contrast of light. The rain held off until the fireworks concluded and then the storm broke with rain, wind, thunder and lightning all around us as Nature provided her own (even more spectacular) fireworks show.
Family outing on Lake Michigan, July 4. We watched this storm approach as it got dark. I particularly like the blue sky peeking through as the more ominous clouds cover the Chicago skyline and the contrast of light. The rain held off until the fireworks concluded and then the storm broke with rain, wind, thunder and lightning all around us as Nature provided her own (even more spectacular) fireworks show.
Debra Hruby of Wheaton
Loved his picture of "MAMA & PAPA" leading the ducklings to a safe place in the Sam's Parking Lot on 59. Nothing changed their ways they just kept "strutting"! So protective the parents were.
Loved his picture of "MAMA & PAPA" leading the ducklings to a safe place in the Sam's Parking Lot on 59. Nothing changed their ways they just kept "strutting"! So protective the parents were.
Jolene Arends of Naperville
Yoga, Peace and a tree!
Yoga, Peace and a tree!
Aline Thurler Rondon Möller of Naperville
Molly Braskich from Kildeer and Elise McKenzie from Park Ridge have an emotional trip as they ride the waves on the Chain of Lakes on July 7.
Molly Braskich from Kildeer and Elise McKenzie from Park Ridge have an emotional trip as they ride the waves on the Chain of Lakes on July 7.
Jim Huskey of Libertyville
Reflection of three girls as they admire the lily pond at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe this month.
Reflection of three girls as they admire the lily pond at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe this month.
Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez makes a sliding catch of a foul ball during a game on July 14 between the White Sox against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez makes a sliding catch of a foul ball during a game on July 14 between the White Sox against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.
John Wysocki of Mount Prospect
A butterfly that looks like a large moth extracts nectar from a zinnia flower in an Inverness garden on September 12, 2013.
A butterfly that looks like a large moth extracts nectar from a zinnia flower in an Inverness garden on September 12, 2013.
Doug Fulford of Inverness
A view of Berlin, Germany on June 27 from a restaurant in the TV Tower where two images appear on the window -- a stenciled image of one of the landmarks, the Berliner Dom, and a reflection of the photographer, Ken Simpson.
A view of Berlin, Germany on June 27 from a restaurant in the TV Tower where two images appear on the window -- a stenciled image of one of the landmarks, the Berliner Dom, and a reflection of the photographer, Ken Simpson.
Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights
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