Contrasts at that fountain…

I wasn’t looking for “contrasts” when enjoying the sights and cool breeze at Buckingham Fountain, Chicago. But couldn’t resist these two images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Look behind the large bike and you’ll see the other young lady has a small scooter. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Time to cool off…

The awesomely large, regal, magnificent Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, is most enjoyed on these super hot summer days. One learns quickly where to stand to catch the cool sprays. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Can you feel the cool invigorating sprays? Nighttime is the most incredible show of ever changing colors and spray heights. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A must-do destination, Buckingham Fountain. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Even the Quinciera party chose a few moments at Buckinham Fountain to cool off during great photo ops. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

First Street festival…

This weekend was the Belmont-Sheffield Music (and Art) Festival in Chicago. Summertime is full of festivals in Chicago; the fun is continuous. Enjoy! Note: I had the most fun taking images of people while listening to the music; forgot to capture the musicians.

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg


Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Of course I couldn’t resist a Lilac Bloom! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Under-stimulated…

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Engaging, dynamic art in one of 70 Wynwood District art galleries in Miami. I focused on some patrons. Couldn’t resist capturing this striking scene of energetic art above these bored individuals. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

I highly recommend a visit to Wynwood District including Wynwood Walls whenever you visit Miami, Florida.

 

 

A Daddy’s excitement…

Ahh…….this man in the dark trunks made this to welcome his daughter’s visit to him!

Dad’s welcome for daughter, Sammy Joe. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

All the details included. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Lovely love! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Vigor in change of direction…

I am adding a new category to my blog this year to acknowledge a change in lifestyle, called retirement. Nature will always be my primary focus in this blog, it is a large part of what keeps me excited about life and living. Travel has entered my life, so I will occasionally share images and insights from my experiences outside of nature.

Recently music was the travel theme going from Memphis to New Orleans. Did not make it to the Gibson Factory; so need to return to Memphis again. Ahh….

My intent is to show the color, mood, and culture of areas I encounter. I want to celebrate the diversity and excitement in various environments. Both New Orleans and Memphis were FULL of vibrancy and love.

As always, I’d love to hear your insights and critique. That’s what makes blogging fun! So, in no particular order….

The “stuff” needed to reveal your fortune in New Orleans? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A simple bouquet forgotten? Or a memorial bouquet; it was unclean. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Sparrow enjoying a fountain shower! I couldn’t resist!! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

So much talent to applaud! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Hand made instrument, based on a South African musical instrument. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Yes! It works. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

New Orleans art for sale. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Directional help. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Just chillin’. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Taste of street art in Memphis. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Ceiling full of guitars….famous guitar usuage? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Never thought of graffiti on the light fixture! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Variety store that’s hard to resist. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Shriner’s “car” for parade in Memphis. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Cultural Christmas Tree Diversity…

All were part of the collection at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, celebrating Christmas traditions around the world. The museum also had exhibits on other cultural and religions holidays happening this time of year. I highly recommend a visit to see ALL the trees. My husband paused awhile at the tremendous train exhibit of course too. They had turned one of their trains into a Christmas train.

  • What countries do you recognize?
  • Which decorations were favorites in your childhood?
  • Which decorations surprise you?

Entryway Christmas Tree at Museum of Science and Industry. Breathtaking! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peaceful. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Paper ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Diorama ornament! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wooden and straw ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Native American celebration. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Origami ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Ho ho ho! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Glimpses of city life ….

 

Montrose Harbor’s Dog Beach; enjoyed by people too! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Morning walk through Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Traffic in front of Chicago Art Institute included Chicago Police on bicycles. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Appropriate dress for Chicago shopping? Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

All styles fit city life. Practically is always the best option. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Sweet is in the eyes of the beholder…

Here are a few different views of downtown Chicago, this time from South Pond in Lincoln Park. The naturalized prairie grasses are prominent in the scene. After a leisurely walk through the park we lunched at the delicious Café Brauer; this time dining was a bit of a challenge. This time of year, worker bees are instinctively anxious to gather as much energy (sugar/nectar) and protein (pollen) as possible to store for the coming winter months. So, as my eyes admired the sweet view from our table, they were eyeing my lunch. And typical of me, I watched with love and allowed them to feast in between my bites and sips.

Warning: If you aren’t fond of bees then don’t look at last two images!

View of downtown Chicago and South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

View of South Pond and Chicago from Cafe Brauer. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Worker bee gathering sweetness from my jam. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wine and cocktails were not off limits for the bees, much to the dismay of the diners. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

For more on bee behavior during the autumn:
https://phys.org/news/2012-10-bees-wasps-busy-autumn.html