Gathered gifts…

The weekly Green City Markets just outside of Lincoln Park Zoo, in Lincoln Park, Chicago includes freshly gathered flowers, not to be missed. Come visit it any Wednesday during the growing season. Saturdays have over 32 vendors; Wednesdays over 16. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Couldn’t resist taking some of these beautiful, natural gifts home. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Many choices of natural flora encourages your creative design imaginations to play. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Religiously Royal…

Close up image of the male and female flowers of a Royal Palm (Roystonea regia). The popular, native species, has separate male and female flowers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Cuba and Christians both connect the Royal Palm with religious signifigance. The specie’s primary use is for landscaping in Florida. Copyrightberg.

CLICK image above to become more familiar with the Royal Palm. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

City view…

Yes, that is a passing bird captured as I focused on the camper along the Lake Michigan shoreline just north of downtown. I don’t think it’s legal, but it seemed to work. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

What the ocean blows in…

This is the third day of rough seas thanks for the first “tropical wave” pre-hurricane season. What most fascinating of beach walks is that every single day brings new experiences and finds. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A new treasure on the Lauderdale by the Sea beach in Florida. CLICK image to see LBTS’s EarthCam; it’s the perfect place to relax, even if the seas are rough. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Real reflection…

Eating another delicious lunch at the 15th Street Fisheries in Ft. Lauderdale’s Marina this reflection in the water of the dock caught my attention. The mesh screen between us and the water is there to keep birds away from our food; though they are skilled at grabbing it in the air when Tarpon feeding is happening. When you go plan to feed the Tarpon in this water between dock and restaurant. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

What is real after all…

When a photo is of a painted plant is any of it real? This was on the side of a building on Las Olas Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The plant on the wall is art; the plants on the ground against the wall are real. However since it’s all captured digitally is any of this real?! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mmmm mangos…

I always assumed Mango trees grew about the size of apple and cherry trees. I should know that in tropical climates everything thrives better. We saw this tree on our neighborhood walk the other day. There were a few Mango low enough that I could have sampled one or two; but I was good and just captured these images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Not quite ripe enough to enjoy other than with my eyes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Endangered mascot…

Couldn’t leave out the Bonnet House’s beloved Spider Monkeys from my collection of images. I only saw two of the three remaining monkeys that live freely on this property. They are old and so sighting them is treasured by volunteers and staff and visitors. they are the remaining generation of monkeys brought to the estate by the Bartletts. The Bartletts brought many kinds of tropical plants as well as parrots and monkeys to brighten their summer home, the Bonnett House.

The monkeys will not be replaced because of laws against such practice, of which I have no argument. The volunteers feed them each morning making seeing them easiest in those early morning hours. I will treasure these images more when they are no longer apart of Bonnet House.

Easy to love from a distance. A Bonnet House Spider Monkey. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

One of the treasured Spider Monkeys of Bonnet House, Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Another “egg yolk” variety…

Both varieties of Plumeria (see previous post for other variety) were found on a stroll through a gated community in Ft. Lauderdale. It does seem appropriate to find such beauty in a secure environment; but apparently it is a favorite garden addition in tropical climates.

Taking advantage of a lower branch of this Plumeria tree I was able to get a closer image for your and my enjoyment. This species has the common five petals per bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Plumeria tree with blooms and leaves. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Dingy beauty…

An oxymoron it seems; but someone chose its name, Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum). Orchids are never “dingy”. But this is this dear Orchid’s name.

The Dingy-flowered Star Orchid is considered an endangered native of Florida.

Tiny Orchid blooms have visitors. This flower has no nectar but it’s aroma attracts moths (not shown here) for pollination. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Overall view of the Dingy-flowered Star Orchid. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg