Shades of sunshine…

Close up of late summer yellows that are so prevalent in the Midwest prairies. They are beginning to change from flower to seeds. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Reflections from rain drops on the petals. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The open spaces between the tall thin stands of priaire yellows makes it seem that this small space is actually quite large. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Spying a Monarch butterfly is icing on the cake today; soon they will migrate South leaving stands of seedheads and golden grasses. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Comforting bouquets…

Sunny, cheery, arrangement seems to smile in the face of winter’s chill. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Lovely bouquet at our table the other night at a nearby restaurant. Helps one forget the cold, grey, January days. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Evidence Christmas is coming…

 

Ornament booth at The Park at Wrigley’s Christkindlmarket. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wooden ornaments abound at the Christkindlmarket. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peak at the TREE in the Walnut Room of Macy’s (aka Marshall Fields), Chicago. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Looking out the wreathed window of the Walnut Room shows the mural of Muddy Water’s, legendary blues artist, on the wall of Block 37. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

Celebratory window at Macy’s. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

We’ve only gotten a little snow this season, but it was enough for an old fashioned snowball fight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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