FUN scary night…

I don’t share many “people” images, but thought those not in Chicago might enjoy seeing how one section of Chicago celebrated Halloween last night. Halsted Street’s 22nd Annual Halloween Parade begins with a flash mob doing Thriller. It was a celebratory, unusual warm 50’s, so prime party weather which brought out MANY participants and viewers. This parade is adult oriented; multiple events for children happened over the past weekend. Because sometimes adult need to play!! ALL images copyright 2018 Pamela Beitberg

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

Enjoy the wonders of each new day…

Happy New Year to all my followers. YOU make this blog fun to continue. May you SEE all the beauty and miracles in the details of every day life.

Wonder-filled details of a Waterlily. One of many daily miracles around us. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The buck stops here…

I try to avoid clichés and puns in my posts. Nevertheless, guess I am just in a silly mood today. We have two bucks visiting our yard to dine on the Yews and Hostas and Lilies. This one is the larger and older of the two. Always a joy to watch.

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Buck visiting our garden from neighboring Forest Preserve. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Joys in new learnings…

Last summer I posted a request for help with identifying this oft seen flowering vine along the shore of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The flower resembles a petunia, but the leaves do not seem to belong to the flower I know by this name. My appetite for learning about this environment, so different from Chicago, has me slowly concocting a Southern Florida reference section to our library. In spite of seemingly limitless internet reference sites, I find I still turn to old-fashioned BOOKS as a way to double-check my online learning. (Besides BOOKS are great when one is not “connected”). Now my job becomes matching my observations to specific referenced species.

Meet the Railroad Vine a native to southern Florida beaches, unlike myself. This plant is actually a variety of Morning Glory. The long vine and succulent leaves help this plant thrive amidst the strong winds and inconsistent moisture of beaches and dune. Blooms, typical of its family, open in the morning and last only one day. However, this vine is prolific in flower production, so each morning new flowers open to bring tropical color to the otherwise neutral beach setting.

 

Railroad Vine copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Railroad Vine copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Railroad Vine on beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Railroad Vine on beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg