Maple Lake, in Willow Springs, Ill.
Maple Lake, in Willow Springs, Ill., is one of Fortino’s favorite places thanks to its beautiful views and diverse wildlife. Sunrises there, such as this one captured in June 2018, are a favorite way to start her day.


Naomi Fortino is an amateur photographer from the Chicago suburbs. Surrounded by forests while growing up, she has always had a passion for nature and wildlife. Capturing and sharing her love through her photos has become her life’s path, believing that no matter where you are, there is nature and beauty. Naomi’s photo “Sunshine Makes My Soul Shine” was the Forest Close-Ups category winner in American Forests’ 2017 Forests in Focus photo contest. Find more of Naomi’s work on Facebook @photosbynaomi140.