Beauty in a weed…

Delicate, dainty Cornflower, aka Chickory, aka weed. One of my favorite weeds with it’s sky blue flowers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This weed is appreciated by a neighborhood spider. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Just after a summer shower. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Shades of ocean blue…

The ocean showed layers of colors this past windy week. I wasn’t sure if the camera would capture the many variations, but it did so fairly well. It’s not unusual to see color change during the days but we don’t usually see such variety at one time.

Overall view of Pier and the wondrous Atlantic Ocean. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Recent winds have created waves over the coral reefs that Lauderdale by the Sea is famous for; best shore diving in the U.S. Great snorkeling for myself. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Early morning blues…

Pre-sunrise yields overall blue tones to this scene. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Dawn brings out the blue tones that quickly dissipate as the sun emerges. This morning’s sunrise was slowed by heavy clouds. Compare the color tones before sunrise and just after sunrise.

The only element that isn’t a shade of blue is sun’s peaking through the cloud cover. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Gradually, as the sun rises and shines through holes in the clouds the setting loses it’s blueish cast. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The sun’s light warms both the air as well as the color palette. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Check out:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/publications/corfidi/sunset/ for more information.

Peak into azure joy…

Springtime Spiderwort beginning to bloom. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Earlier in the month Spiderworts (Tradescantia) were in bloom. They are perennials that tolerate both mesic and “wet feet” (to be in damp soil), so it was appropriate for them to be found near Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The leaves can be 12 inches or longer which, in this case, gently hide its opening buds. What a pleasant find during my morning adventure on the pebbly path.

Elusive beauty…

White Morpho, equally as strikingly beautiful as the Blue Morpho. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Blue Morpho at rest, which is a rare sight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

“Morph” means change, yet for this family of butterflies it has a different connotation. The Morpho butterflies are so named for their beauty and shape, in reference to Aphrodite. Images of these creatures require patience because when they are visible, they spend most time in the air, rarely settling on a plant long enough to focus and capture (photographically).

This site goes into details of the variety of Morpho butterflies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho

 

Cheery blues…

Blue skies invited me to venture out after last week’s record setting snowstorm. The large clumps of snow clinging to branches were fresh evidence of the day-before’s blizzard conditions. The color blue is used to represent sadness and gloom. For me, nothing is cheerier in January than the brightness of snow against a clear blue sky. A stroll in the crisp air cures cabin fever quickly; after donning multiple layers of attire. No room for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) here! Tip: Hot cocoa goes well with winter’s blue skies.

Heavy laden branches, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Heavy laden branches, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Fresh snow stuck on highest limbs, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Fresh snow stuck on highest limbs, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Even the shade is bright and inviting, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Even the shade is bright and inviting, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Cool silent graces…

 

False Indigo in bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

False Indigo in bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Cool violet blues, pale greens, back lit by the calm afternoon sun. Soothing tranquility sets the mood as I enter. Silence is a respite, and this Friday afternoon, after several weeks of trying to work patiently through an unrelenting minor health issue while unsuccessfully attend to work like the professional I consider myself, the scene in my garden settles the chaotic voices in my mind.

My False Indigo has risen and bloomed. The smooth oval leaves and small pale flowers manage to remind me of life’s beauty and my multitude of blessings. Life is perspectives and I choose to embrace these grace-filled moments.

Indigo bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Indigo bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Indigo leaves in sunlight, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Indigo leaves in sunlight, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

For information on the False Indigo, see my “Complimentary Accents…” post of May 30, 2012