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A "Super Moon" sets over the Elk Grove Village rooftops in the early morning hours as temperatures hover below zero on January 2. The visual size of the moon is highlighted by the smoking chimney, roof lines and trees in the foreground.
A "Super Moon" sets over the Elk Grove Village rooftops in the early morning hours as temperatures hover below zero on January 2. The visual size of the moon is highlighted by the smoking chimney, roof lines and trees in the foreground.
Bill Merrick of Elk Grove Village
Not even a full week of the new year and I was already getting cabin fever. So, I decided to go along the Fox River and check out the Bald Eagles. Although the temperature was still in single digits, it felt great to be outdoors. And I didn't have to do much walking. I saw about 15 Eagles that day, including this immature Bald Eagle, who seemed to be enjoying the warmth of the sun.
Not even a full week of the new year and I was already getting cabin fever. So, I decided to go along the Fox River and check out the Bald Eagles. Although the temperature was still in single digits, it felt great to be outdoors. And I didn't have to do much walking. I saw about 15 Eagles that day, including this immature Bald Eagle, who seemed to be enjoying the warmth of the sun.
Bonnie Graham of Lombard
A photo of a Blue Linckia Sea Star taken while visiting the Fiji Islands. I found this starfish, and many others like him, on a sunny area of a coral reef. It is was such a surprise to see a blue starfish! I like the picture because of the unusual color of the starfish and the detail of the coral and snails.
A photo of a Blue Linckia Sea Star taken while visiting the Fiji Islands. I found this starfish, and many others like him, on a sunny area of a coral reef. It is was such a surprise to see a blue starfish! I like the picture because of the unusual color of the starfish and the detail of the coral and snails.
Gay Nass of Lombard
I took this picture on New Year's Eve while trying to capture some of my Christmas lights and inadvertently got the flag with the lights shining through.
I took this picture on New Year's Eve while trying to capture some of my Christmas lights and inadvertently got the flag with the lights shining through.
George Martwick of Warrenville
One of the many fireworks displayed on July Fourth over Lake Zurich.
One of the many fireworks displayed on July Fourth over Lake Zurich.
Bruce Burrow of Lake Zurich
A hard working bee gathers pollen from daffodils at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle last March.
A hard working bee gathers pollen from daffodils at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle last March.
Donald Bolstad of Hawthorn Woods
A long stretch of road disappears into Sierra Nevada as the sun sets outside of Coleville, Calif. in October 2017.
A long stretch of road disappears into Sierra Nevada as the sun sets outside of Coleville, Calif. in October 2017.
Mike Stone of Round Lake Beach
A close up of a peacock at the Real Alcazar in Seville, Spain.
A close up of a peacock at the Real Alcazar in Seville, Spain.
Ryan Bayerle of Arlington Heights
A Taveta golden weaver lands on a branch at Brookfield Zoo last November.
A Taveta golden weaver lands on a branch at Brookfield Zoo last November.
Doris Krandel of Palatine
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