Places People Moments

Glimpses into moments in life. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Dr. Michael Adkesson, associate veterinarian for the Chicago Zoological Society, checks the vital signs of Bernaard after the aardvark received a CT scan for an infected tooth at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill.
Beth Mackie, left, hugs friend Carol Bachelor as Mackie's daughter Lily, 3, stands in the doorway of the Mackie home on moving day in Wheaton, Ill. The family was forced to leave their home after it fell into foreclosure.
Ryan Moran, 12, reaches out for his twin brother Anthony while the two jump on the trampoline outside their house in Interlachen, Fla. Ryan is severely autistic and cannot sit still or avoid unintelligible outbursts.
Former American Idol contestant Melissa McGhee, center, practices her mermaid swimming technique with the help of Mermaid Manager Vicki Monsegur, top left, and Mermaid Mayor Robyn Anderson at Weeki Wachee, Fla.
Jo Johnson, of McHenry, feeds her daughter Regina, 32 weeks, a bottle of donor breast milk in the NICU at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.
Elizabeth Curley, 10, blows on her balloon while her parents listen to live music during Ybor City's Fiesta Day in Tampa, Fla.
Charles Van Zandt, from left, Calvin Byerly, Jeremy Henderson and C.J. Bettis practice their poses in the weight room before the start of the ninth annual Mr. and Miss Wesley Chapel bodybuilding contest in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Laura Rodriguez, from left, Natalie Rodriguez, center, and Jessica Ocasio check out their makeup after receiving tips at Mary Kay meeting.
Police officers guard a bridge in downtown Chicago during the NATO conference.
An Italian journalist checks the time the day before the start of the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Matthew Peck, 7, reaches away from his mother Cathy Peck as she tries to get him to finish his math lesson. Matthew, who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia and exhibits anger and rage episodes, has trouble concentrating.
Molly Storts frowns as her mother tries to perfect the "Barbie Flip" moments before the 2005 Sweet Pea Pageants National Finals in Cocoa Beach. "Just fix it," said Storts.
Alan Frierson, 24, warms up before competing in the bull riding competition in the 31st Annual Hernando County Rodeo and Barbeque Festival in Brooksville, Fla.
A group of young men take a swim in Lake Pichola as the sun sets in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan in western India.
A deer that recently died lies in the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve near Streamwood, Ill. Chuck Rizzo, a wildlife biologist with the Cook County Forest Preserve, said the doe most likely died of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, which is more common in warmer climates.
Sylvia Neeley, 48, comforts her daughter Jenny, 23, outside of the group home where Jenny now lives in Florida's Pasco County. Jenny clings tightly to her mother two days before Sylvia must report to her prison sentencing. Sylvia Neeley received a 10-year term for shooting Arthur Danner, a man she believed was molesting her mentally disabled daughter when she was 12.
David Salyer, top, and son Shane joke around during a seven-hour visit to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla, for Shane's cancer treatment. "You never know what's going to happen," said David Salyer, who said Shane might have a clot in his heart.
Brett McCarthy, 8, left, and his sister Brandy McCarthy, 10, play in the sand at Pine Island, Fla.
Monica Eng clutches her shotgun while listening for deer during her first hunting season in northern Illinois.
Laying hens stand on and around Dennis Stoltzfoos' yellow pickup truck after the hens were let out of their egg mobile on Stoltzfoos' organic farm near Mayo, Fla.
Altar boys Edward Shontz, 10, Dean Kotakis, 12, Fotie Spiliotopoulos, 12, wait to be called to perform in the parade before the diving of the cross at the 99th Annual Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Marissa Hawk, 6, front left, laughs while Katie Hedges, 7, pretends to be an alien in a park in Spring Hill, Fla.
Fred Selinsky, left, and Glen Heald, center, share a laugh on their way to march in the Santa Parade of Red Suits at the International Real Bearded Santa Claus convention in Branson, Mo.
Tommy Kirkland, 73, kisses his soon-to-be wife Louise Wheeler, 83, while visiting with her at the Hernando Hospice House in Brooksville, Fla., before their wedding ceremony.
All images are © Keri Wiginton, Tampa Bay Times or Chicago Tribune.