Wild beauty….

These were another favorite in my garden; now I enjoy them during my walks in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Macro photograph of the delicate, small, Cranesbill flowers and buds. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Wild Geranium (Cransebill) is late spring/early summer perennial native to the Chicago area. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Shooting stars in Lincoln Park…

Feel the warmth of the late springtime air. The grasses are green and the Shooting Star is in bloom by North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. This delicate beauty is a native perennial for Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close up of the small, too often unnoticed, Shooting Star. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Native wild in Chicago…

These delicate spring blooms are the only Columbine native to Illinois: Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). These blooms were prolific today in Lincoln Park’s best kept secret, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.

Abundant spring Wild Columbine brighten the shady Caldwell Lily Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close up image of one of the Wild Columbine flowers. These flowers are visited by insects but avoided by larger animals who find them poisonous. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Restorative scene with Wild Columbine inviting one’s restful enjoyment. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

For more information on this Illinois native CLICK the image above. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Dingy beauty…

An oxymoron it seems; but someone chose its name, Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum). Orchids are never “dingy”. But this is this dear Orchid’s name.

The Dingy-flowered Star Orchid is considered an endangered native of Florida.

Tiny Orchid blooms have visitors. This flower has no nectar but it’s aroma attracts moths (not shown here) for pollination. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Overall view of the Dingy-flowered Star Orchid. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Blushing beauty…

I am sharing one more image of one of my Peonies in bloom. The slightly rosy hue on the innermost petals provide a hint of the delicacy of the bloom. The layers of this bloom seem to go on and on, fashioning opulent complexity in this single flower.

Blushing Peony layers. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Blushing Peony layers. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Love is…

Rose bud for budding love, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Rose bud for budding love, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Worthy, strong, powerful define “valens”, the Roman origins for the name Valentine. Valentine’s Day has come to symbolize love, stemming from the martyrdom of St. Valentine. Though St. Valentine’s identity is vague and speculative, his (their) impact is profound every February 14th.

The combination of worth, strength, and power mixed with love evokes a robust image of fervent attention. Roses symbolize the love offered on Valentine’s Day. The delicate, sweet smelling flower, seemingly blushes when given as a token of unspoken as well as celebrated love. How artful for the lover to give such a gentle gift as indication of his (her) robust desire.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

White delicates…

 

Top side of Daisy after rainfall, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Top side of Daisy after rainfall, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Close-up topside and underside views of a Daisy after the rain. Whites show detail best in photographs when the sky is overcast and lighting is uniform. In such a setting both the highlights and shadows of white subjects are able to present their particulars.

Under side looking toward brightening sky, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Under side looking toward brightening sky, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

This Daisy was recently planted in a large pot by our front door, within reach of rainfall so that this gardener can use less hosed water. There was no tag on it when purchased but my thought is that it is the popular perennial Shasta Daisy and not the OxEye Daisy.

 

 

Delicate wild beauty…

Queen Anne's Lace copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

    Queen Anne’s Lace copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Queen Anne's Lace 2 copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Queen Anne’s Lace 2 copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

                                                               “Wild” versus “Lace”; these words bring completely different impressions to mind. Descriptors make a difference on one’s impression. Both words describe this non-native prairie plant, Queen Anne’s Lace (daucus carota), aka Wild Carrot. Both names fit this subject perfectly. The name you choose to call it depends on your perspective. Though it is an invasive Eurasian weed I find it hard not to appreciate the delicate floral arrangement on each stem. Even the seed head is amazingly intricate and delicate in design.

So if I creeped you out too much with the last post, enjoy some of nature’s beauty.

Seed head of Queen Anne's Lace copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Seed head of Queen Anne’s Lace copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Queen Anne's Lace in bloom copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Queen Anne’s Lace in bloom copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg