Wonder-filled wishes…

On this suddenly-wintery, ice-stormy day, I found myself browsing through images of warmer fall days. This Hydrangea portrait struck me as appropriate to share with you as I send belated, but warm Christmas greetings (the bloom looks tree-like to me!) and wishes for a wonder-ful New Year.

…..Christmas tree – ish….

Fall blooming Hydrangea at Chicago Botanic Garden. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Buoyant beauties…

Before roses wake up for their summer display at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Peony blooms welcome springtime with their bright fragrant colors. My Peonies bloom in several see-from-my-window perennial beds.

These beauties were rain soaked adding to drama of the scene. The blooms are heavy, so along with their own mass the added raindrops insured the bloom’s relaxed statue.

Rain soaked  Peonies. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Rain soaked Peonies. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Positive trait becomes liability…

Nature’s camouflage protection method almost put this toad in danger as I walked through drizzle from the parking lot to the visitor’s center at the Chicago Botanic Garden a few weeks ago. Fortunately there was enough of a difference in the patterns of the walk and the toad that I noticed it. At first I thought it a rock which should be avoided; luckily for him/her I did not choose to kick it to the side.

Wet  toad camouflaged  on wet path. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Wet toad camouflaged on wet path. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg