The future…

Prairie restoration around a migratory bird sanctuary in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Seed heads feed birds and insects and make dramatic winter compositions. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Prairie grass in seed, assuring sustainability of native species. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

After the first impression…

Wildlife setting at edge of forest, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Wildlife setting at edge of forest, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Closer portrait of perennial’s fall stage of life; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Seed head with seed under already-gone seed pod; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Close up of fuzzy, detail full, seed head; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Close up of fuzzy, detail full, seed head; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

At first glance what is seen is past-its-prime dead weeds in front of the colorful fall foliage. Getting closer shows dried leaves and seed heads standing tall, contrasting with the still alive tree leaves. Still closer shows evidence that the “life cycle” progression of the season varies even on one the single stalk of one perennial. The closest image shows the intricate details of nature.

I am unsure of the exact species shown in these images; the location must be returned to next year during summer’s mid-season for better identification. Such is the fun of being an aspiring naturalist.