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

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

Just ducky…

Out of the water for a bit, this male Mallard tries to hide among the Dandelions. These images were all taken one morning at Lincoln Park’s North Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Grooming is ever a process when out of the water. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Male Wood Duck sunning on a warm spring day. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mallard Duck family enjoying an outing in Lincoln’s Park, North Pond, Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Brilliant fuzz…

Seeds shining brilliantly in the late afternoon sun at Lincoln Park's. North Pond, Chicago. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Seeds shining brilliantly in the late afternoon sun at Lincoln Park’s. North Pond, Chicago. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Red ear slider turtles sunning near edge of North Pond, Lincoln Park.  Setting for this tree in fuzzy seed stage. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Red ear slider turtles sunning near edge of North Pond, Lincoln Park. Setting for this tree in fuzzy seed stage. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Seeds or finished blooms…

The more I know, the more I know I don’t know. I’m unsure what kind of tree this is and if what I’m looking at are stamens and pistols or newly forming seeds. Ugh! But interesting still.

What is this tree? What stage of growth..seeds or spent flowers?  Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

What is this tree? What stage of growth..seeds or spent flowers? Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Spring tree activity at North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Spring tree activity at North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg