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An elk stands under a supermoon in Grand Teton National Park. / Brad Wenger, Your Take

Today's Take 5 is here! Today's roundup of the best reader photos includes haunting night images, the thrill of the open road and a spectacular fireworks display in Seattle. Want to be in our daily Take 5? Submit your top shots at yourtake.usatoday.com.

Contributor Brad Wenger captured this magical moment at Grand Teton National Park during a family vacation. "We ventured down an unpaved, one-lane, hilly road for a few miles. As we rounded a bend, we were immediately presented with the view of this amazing animal framed under the brilliant moon. I couldn't get to my camera fast enough!"

While Michael Gilan rode on the 101 Freeway from Los Angeles to San Francisco, he took this action shot from his bike. "I remember the sun setting behind the hills and turning everything gold and the smell of the nearby wineries," Gilan wrote. "All I could hear was the sound of my bike howling up the freeway, and it all gave me a strong sense of freedom in that moment."

Taken from the Jose Rizal Bridge in Seattle, Stephanie Sinclair snapped this fireworks shot while spending time with friends after a Mariners game July 25. "Since I had never shot fireworks before, I used the black card method from my friend, Mahesh Thapa," Sinclair said. "While counting your exposure time, you uncover the lens completely with the black card stock when you need to capture a firework and cover it when you don't. It can capture the fireworks without overexposing the shot and I loved the result!"

In California's Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Ryan Engstrom changed the mood of the photo by photographing a tree at night, giving the scene an eerie feel. "These trees are so gnarly and other-worldly it is awe-inspiring to be not only in their presence, but to be in the presence of something so ancient."

In Land O' Lakes, Wis., Ann Junker enjoyed a July campfire with friends and ate these delectable s'mores.

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