Pre-sunrise yields overall blue tones to this scene. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Dawn brings out the blue tones that quickly dissipate as the sun emerges. This morning’s sunrise was slowed by heavy clouds. Compare the color tones before sunrise and just after sunrise.
The only element that isn’t a shade of blue is sun’s peaking through the cloud cover. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Gradually, as the sun rises and shines through holes in the clouds the setting loses it’s blueish cast. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
The sun’s light warms both the air as well as the color palette. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/publications/corfidi/sunset/ for more information.
This is a member of the lovely vining Morning Glory family, opening its blossoms as the morning light highlights its beauty. However, this species is one of those non-native, Eurasian varieties that is a dreaded invasive visitor in American gardens. Known as Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) I enjoyed taking its portrait during a morning bike ride along a Lake Michigan pathway in Lincoln Park, far from any cultivated gardens. They appeared a fair distance from a prairie restoration area and were isolated from the golf course by a stone wall making their appearance more tolerable to the native purist. This Bind Weed did emulate its name wrapping around other vegetation proliferating this informal, unplanned area of horticulture.
Portrait of an invader (pretty but unfriendly). Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Catching the sunlight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Busy morning on the Bind Weed Morning Glory. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Enjoying my resumption of photography, capturing flowers and the tiny things found with them. No details today, other than to share these were captured in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
Jerusalem Artichoke, copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Monarch Butterfly, copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
Spider on Jerusalem Artichoke, copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
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 on beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
I am finding that the saying “if you don’t like the weather than just wait a little while” is true by the Atlantic Ocean. This has been a daily routine, varied only by the time of day.
Morning storm and sun over beach at Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Always interesting to see how the sun’s light changes by the moment, creating different moods and coloring on one scene. These images were taken within five minutes of each other. I did change the direction that the camera was facing in relation to the sunlight, which is one reason for color shifts.
Backlit Snowball in morning light, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Snowball Bush in morning light, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Front lit Snowball Bush in morning light; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg