Awesome details…

Look closely and you can see the tiny florets changing to berries. The growing season is coming to a close for the year. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The background flower compliments the main subject in this close up photograph of a wonderful cluster of unique beauty. God’s creativeness continues to awe me. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Summer acrylic attempts…

Still learning. I chose an old wall along Lake Michigan’s pathway to challenge myself this summer. I began plein air and spent quite awhile finishing indoors using photographs for support my memory. Why choose the wall? Because I think it has character; and I love characters. Hmm…..

The Red-wing Blackbird is an old favorite pal on my prairie adventures. Was able to take a good photograph of him, so painted him from the photograph.

And finally, two paintings were after I listened to a two part “20 brush strokes” class online. These were two projects, choosing five brush strokes learned (any 5 of 20). One is the wall (straight horizontal view) and the other is a field with trees in background. Just fun.

Enjoying retirement! Comments/critiques are always welcome and encouraged!

copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Nature’s skyscraper…

Jerusalem Artichokes nod to distant man-made skyscrapers as they reach to the sky around Lincoln Park’s North Pond. The John Hancock is the high building with the two antennas. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Obediant Plants seemed to mimic Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers in design and statue. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Resilience in the clouds…

Foggy, drizzly, morning at Lake Michigan’s edge ….can you see downtown Chicago? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Resilient determination to enjoy time at Lincoln Park’s Lake Michigan’s edge. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Keep on keeping on! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Random observations…

Ok or not?! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

What does it mean when the geese cross the path? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Leisure time for Grandmother and grandchild and man’s best friend. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Workout time for MANY young mothers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Ah…..summer time. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Lincoln Park icon. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Summer home. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Pathway between to and from. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Urban wilds…

Chicago’s downtown looking south from Lincoln Park’s South Pond and prairie-land. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Native prairie perennials, Bee’s Balm are apart of this restored prairie land. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Two Green Heron enjoy the South Pond along with either a Painted turtle or a Red Ear Slider. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Prairie perennial, Rattlesnake Master. Ouch!! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Prairie Cup Plant reaches out to the sun. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Yellow is the color of the late summer prairie. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Restored prairie-land around Lincoln Park’s South Pond; an effort for a sustainable ecosystem. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Creative designs…

Some of Summer’s outdoor enjoyment are the gardens of flowering colors and shapes and smells. Lincoln Park explodes this time of year with a bounty of gardens not to be missed! Here is just one small sample of summer perrenials found in Lincoln Park.

Purple Coneflower gently leans on a rail along North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Summer prairie perrenials, Black Eyed Susan, complement this bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A cluster of Red Bee’s Balm makes a simple, yet, profound floral arrangement. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A moment of calm…

Hiding amongst the Coneflowers (Echinacea) is the wondrous Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly. Here one rests on the Conflower, but it’s preferred food is grasses while it lays eggs on the Milkweed plant. Monarchs in Chicago (and other northern places) and then travel over 3000 miles to Mexico for the winter. It will be a new generation that travels North next summer. CLICK the image above to track migration via “Journey North”. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Years of butterfly observation have taught me that Monarchs toward the end of their life fly slower and slower making them easy to catch by hand and hold for a short time before setting them free. They are fascinating to observe close up. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Seasonal traveler…

Green Heron

Careful observation at Lincoln Park’s North Pond can reveal unique birds. This Green Heron (Butorides virenscens) probably wintered in the southern States or Central America. In the South they frequent coastal areas or Mangrove swamps. In the Midwest they are content to residency by ponds and wetlands. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg