Contrasts at that fountain…

I wasn’t looking for “contrasts” when enjoying the sights and cool breeze at Buckingham Fountain, Chicago. But couldn’t resist these two images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Look behind the large bike and you’ll see the other young lady has a small scooter. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Lifestyle contrasts…

The cats on this quaint street in Miami easily roamed from backyard to sites around the neighborhood. The dog was too large to fit between the fence rails ensuring it’s limited experiences. The differences in their demeanor were striking to me.

Cat trying to hide it’s presence as it birdwatches. It was happy to expose itself when people came near so they could get him/her. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Cat enjoying socializing with passer-bys. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This dear dog looked totally bored and yearning for more in life. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Natural respite…

Wilderness inside Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Wilderness haven inside Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Behind the black wire barrier, a volunteer pulls weeds, non-native species, from an area restricted to non-human entrants. This sectioned-off part of Lincoln Park is one of several “Migratory Bird Sanctuaries” in the park. The designated space has earthen trails around its perimeter providing a wilderness reprieve for the urban weary. The space is comparatively small, but time spent here is relevantly grand.

Beautiful spring wildflower blooming along the trail. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

 

Seasonal modifications…

Several posts ago I showed images of activities in Lincoln Park after our first measurable snowfall. Here is one more plus some photographs taken last spring. Quite a difference between the two seasons. Each season brings its own recreational happenings.

Snowman building is a team effort. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Another couple with their pet walk along the lakefront path, avoiding the more populated bike/pedestrian path further west. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The lawn areas pf Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

The lawn areas of Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

Flowers still bloom in the fall…

Took a leisurely walk around South Pond in Chicago’s Lincoln Park; situated just south of the Zoo. The weather was remarkably warm for mid-November; in the upper 60s. FYI, winter is on the way tonight, just in time for Christmas/Thanksgiving parades. Many perennials continued their bloom while going to seed in preparation for dormant months ahead.

Jerusalem Artichoke still in bloom along the restored prairie surrounding South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Bloom and bud along Lincoln Park’s South Pond. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hardy Hydrangea’s were mostly going to seed as their colors faded to earthen colors; but one bloom still drew it’s own attention. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg.

Irony…

While cooler weather and shorter days lead to fallen leaves and trees beginning their dormancy, some life thrives. Seems like the moss thriving right now on dead wood is mocking the standing trees.

Moss carpeting a fall log. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Moss carpeting a fall log. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

As promised…

Stopping by for a snack at Anglin’s Pier in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, was this juvenille Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). I found it interesting that he (or she?!) was so relaxed and tolerated this non-angler’s determination to take multiple shots while inching closer and closer for a better shot. The contrast between fluffy soft looking feathers and a lloooonnnngggg hooked beak solicited attention.

Just chillin' at Anglin's Pier, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Just chillin’ at Anglin’s Pier, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Active juvenile Brown Pelican, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Active juvenile Brown Pelican, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Brown Pelican scratching an itch? copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Brown Pelican scratching an itch? copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg