Lighting the way…

The morning light snuck into this narrow passageway between apartment buildings; a common element in Chicago’s residential areas. Usually one goes down a few steps to get from one place to another and finishes by walking up a few more steps. When walking past such entraces it’s important to pay attention so you don’t accidently mis-step into one of these stairways. My eyes caught the colors and textures in this small scene including the moss on the bricks adding a contrast to the neutral tones. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Reflecting on reflections…

These images were taken of a blank chalkboard that was about to be used to write or drawing our ideas of “hope” during last week’s first Sunday in the Advent season. My eyes led my mind to focus on the board’s reflections made from sunlight coming through our colored window panes. A blank canvas (chalk board) actually was full of colors and energy and HOPE.

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

HOPE shows itself, if one pays attention. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Changes percieved…

Green tints the “great tree” in Chicago’s infamous Walnut Room on the 7th floor of Macy’s loop location. However, soaking up the wondrous view over time shows changes happening in the room. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Now untraditional, cool, blue lights shine on the tree and ceiling emphasizing a star covered ceiling. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Red is a primary color of the Christmas season. It is a prominent color this holiday season at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) Walnut Room in Chicago’s loop. We managed to get a lunch seat under the tree; a treasured spot. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Ever changing…

Confused by seeing very dark cloud above white clouds. In awe of nature and God. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

View from a 16th floor shows a complete range of the ever changing Ocean weather in Florida’s East coast. Always breathtaking. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Of course I chose to take a walk one day when I “thought” rain was moving away from me; heading toward Anglin’s Pier, Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The Power in nature; ever changing colors as well as weather. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Capturing the full moon surrounded by large Cumulus cloud and Palm leaves. Ahhhhh……Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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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

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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.

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Welcome back to the World…

The Butterfly World in Coconut Creek Florida seems like a world to itself. Today I am sharing a few images from last winter’s visit. They reopened today: https://www.butterflyworld.com/hurricane-closure-and-preparation/, and will release the butterflies and finches back into their outdoor habitats. There was no damage to the facilities by Irma.

A resting Clipper butterfly. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

Rain drenched stills butterflies; they are unable to fly with wet wings. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of butterfly among the flora. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

White Morpho butterfly. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

Thoas Swallowtail feeding on bananas in a dish. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg. I am unsure why its “tails” seem to be missing.

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Natural harmony…

Mexican Sunflower is joined by the similarly colored Long wing butterfly. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Brilliant blooming colors in abundance successfully camouflaged a multitude of tropical butterflies. Butterfly World in Florida’s Coconut Creek is all that the name implies plus more. It could just as aptly be named Butterfly, Bird and Bloom World. The Piano Key or a related “long wing” (Heliconius Melpomene or Heliconius Erato) butterfly here has lighted on a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia). These two butterfly species often crossbreed, so I am unsure of this one’s specific identity.

For more information check out:

  • Butterfly Jungle’s blog: http://thebutterflyjungle.blogspot.com/2011/07/piano-key-butterfly.html
  • Butterfly World: http://butterflyworld.com

Butterfly World in action. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Like the flowers, follows the leaves…

As the Hydrangea flowers turn to earthy colors, so do the leaves. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Macro view of Hydrangea leaves. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Strong leaf pattern and texture enhanced by late in the day lighting. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Strong leaf pattern and texture enhanced by late in the day lighting. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

 

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