Cultural Christmas Tree Diversity…

All were part of the collection at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, celebrating Christmas traditions around the world. The museum also had exhibits on other cultural and religions holidays happening this time of year. I highly recommend a visit to see ALL the trees. My husband paused awhile at the tremendous train exhibit of course too. They had turned one of their trains into a Christmas train.

  • What countries do you recognize?
  • Which decorations were favorites in your childhood?
  • Which decorations surprise you?

Entryway Christmas Tree at Museum of Science and Industry. Breathtaking! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peaceful. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Paper ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Diorama ornament! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wooden and straw ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Native American celebration. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Origami ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Ho ho ho! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Under-valued communities…

Fungi (mushrooms) and algae produce lichen on this dead tree stump. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Yesterday’s post of Lichen was witness to what happens when fungi and algae live together. The fungi benefit from algae that make food through photosynthesis. These images show the lush diversity within these miniature communities. I always feel the presence of a superior entity (God, to me) when I observe such creations.

Colony of mushrooms appear after rains; on less moist days the fungi thrives underground. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Never seen this kind of fungi. The variety at Starved Rock after a few days of rain were many and diverse. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Fungi ring around the tree stump. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

This tree hosts a prolific, rich community. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

The moist walls of the canyon supports more miniature communities. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

Restorative reflections…

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) began its long bloom period a little early this summer in St. Louis. Actually, it began blooming in early June, at the end of springtime. This allowed me to create these images in a garden I passed during a morning walk. Such walks and encounters dispel anxieties and remind me of their triviality. Daisys also remind me of my mother; they were her favorite flowers. So many emotions worked through me during this particular walk; therapeutic reflections of life as I admired these mid-life blooms.

Singled out of a crowd. All the same, yet different. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Shasta Daisys in abundance. This image has a few in focus in the lower part of the image so that you can grasp the full abundance of this Daisy garden. Copyright 2027 Pamela Breitberg

Inconspicuous entrance…

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond lies just outside the far north end of Lincoln Park Zoo. One discreet turnstile entry connects the two. This morning it was a welcome respite in our five miles walk through Lincoln Park. The water fell softly down the stones and leaves gently fell into the pond. Newer fallen leaves floated above the water logged older leaves collecting at the bottom of the shallow pond.

Waterfall in Caldwell Lily Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Albert Caldwell Lily Pond adjoining Lincoln Park Zoo. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Albert Caldwell Lily Pond adjoining Lincoln Park Zoo. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Floating and sunken autumn leaves. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Floating and sunken autumn leaves. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Autumn reflections. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Autumn reflections. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

 

Calming moment of closeness…

 

Prolific vine on estate's antique fence. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Prolific vine on estate’s antique fence. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Some Chicago neighborhoods are host to turn-of-the-century town homes. Many have established gardens, possibly of similar age, at least the perennials appear to belong to the established homes. This image was taken in Wicker Park neighborhood, which though rich with condominiums still had several blocks of stately town home mansions on generous sized lots.

The cautioning black iron fence surrounding one property was softened with this vine bursting with feathery white blooms. Closer views show the delicate beauty of the flowers. White on white with tender shades of green lend for a calming moment of focus during an otherwise city walk.

Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Portrait of a blossom. Copyright 201, Pamela Breitberg

Portrait of a blossom. Copyright 201, Pamela Breitberg