Appreciate the little ones…

Ah, the little Skipper butterfly. Too often ignored or considered a moth. If you look closely it’s antenna’s is hooked backward; a trait unique to the Skippers. The antenna on the top (left side) shows this feature. Coincidence that it is feeding on the also underappreciated Dandelion. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Local wildlife…

In North America, a common wild animal is the Eastern Grey Squirrel. Technically a “rodent”, the Grey Squirrel is considered either a beloved neighbor or an unwelcome rat. I fall into the first group; when I had my own garden I enjoyed watching them dine on spilled birdseed laying under the feeder. CLICK on the image for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Love the thick, furry tail. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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When a cat is also a dog…

Cattail, aka Corndog perennial native blown by Lake Michigan’s cooling winds. Click on the image for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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More goosey antics…

What looks like a racing goose is just one trying to clean all those layers of feathers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

It takes a lot of energy to bath all those goose feathers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The contrast between the ripple design in the harbor waters and the feathered pattern of the geese seemed to compliment each other. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Flexibility! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Appropriately named boat in Belmont Harbor. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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When the dogs are away…

While the dogs are away

The geese will play

In the waters of

Belmont Harbor’s Dog Beach

(image copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Natural fears…

Just outside the lion den at Lincoln Park’s Zoo was this scary creature. Nature’s addition to the zoo’s Fall Festival of creepy things! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Good-morning stretch before naptime. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Take a gander…

Mates for life; a pair of Canadian Geese. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Shaking it’s tail feathers while hunting for a meal. It’s all in a day’s work. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Canadian Geese live in communal groups, migrate in groups, and depend upon community. These Canadians summer in North America; they are prolific immigrants to the Chicago area. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Final days of Chicago flight…

The Black Swallowtail butterfly resting on a remaining Marigold summer bloom. For more information on this Illinois native CLICK on the image above. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

As the colors of the Coleus plant fades due to cooler days and fewer hours of sunshine, an aging Black Swallowtail feeds and rests. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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