Together it’s possible…

The dogs and the bike worked out in unison along Lake Michigan’s edge in Lincoln Park, Chicago. They were unimpeded, leashed together and moving quickly. I was impressed. Couldn’t figure out who was enjoying the Lakefront more. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

No excuses with this couple. A few moments prior they were resting on a nearby park bench, deep in conversation, enjoying each other and their outing. May we all have this drive as we age; all positive motion. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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First Street festival…

This weekend was the Belmont-Sheffield Music (and Art) Festival in Chicago. Summertime is full of festivals in Chicago; the fun is continuous. Enjoy! Note: I had the most fun taking images of people while listening to the music; forgot to capture the musicians.

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg


Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Of course I couldn’t resist a Lilac Bloom! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Oh, the stories that can be told…

Something different for today; I don’t usually steer my attention away from “nature”. But I find this image rich with story possibilities. From the couple in the foreground to the couple in the background (yes, there are two there), to the graffiti. What story comes to mind? I’d love to hear from you. These un-posed, random moments are incredible when so wonderfully self-composed.

Totally unposed candid image! Belmont Harbor, Chicago. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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The bees and the balm…

The Bee and the Bee’s Balm. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of Bee’s Balm. The center here reminds me of tan insect’s compound eye. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

The color and the scent attracts Bees: Bee Balm is a chosen nectar. People find Wild Bergamot tea soothing as well. By any name they are an American favorite. This native perennial has been used by insects, Native Americans and European settlers for centuries. I enjoy it’s unique flower design.

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Observing observers…

The art was creative and diverse in both medium and message. Similarly, diversity was the public attendees of this event. This was a perfect photo opportunity. These images focus on the many dogs taking in the scenes. I can’t help but wonder their thoughts.

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“Well hello!!” Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

“What is going on?” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Stopping to watch and rest. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

“What about me?” Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

“Really??!!” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

“Enough!” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

“Let’s go!” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Different personalities and stamina. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Ready, set,…… Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Spoiled and proud of it! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Seasonal modifications…

Several posts ago I showed images of activities in Lincoln Park after our first measurable snowfall. Here is one more plus some photographs taken last spring. Quite a difference between the two seasons. Each season brings its own recreational happenings.

Snowman building is a team effort. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Another couple with their pet walk along the lakefront path, avoiding the more populated bike/pedestrian path further west. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The lawn areas pf Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

The lawn areas of Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

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urban wildlife…

One of two prairie patches in this area of Cook County Forest Preserve, Miami Woods. I’ve seen deer along the bike (and jogger and walker) trail, but never so close to the trail in the prairie area. Yes, they are fairly comfortable with humans passing by; but never tame.  I still feel lucky after 27 years of observations when they allow me to watch for a while.

Urban deer copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Urban deer copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Appearances aren't what they seem; copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Appearances aren’t what they seem; copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

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Be a part of the whole…

Blue (Butterfly) on Cranesbill copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

He had the genius to make sense of unseen nature and at the same time give amazing insights into the known…. us! Albert Einstein was, like each of us, a complicated person who was able to share his wisdom in uncomplicated terms so all of us could benefit. His wisdom appeared to me as I read today, at the beginning of the chapter, “Life is with creatures” from Urban Homesteading by Rachel Kaplan.

  • “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Those people who have known me a long time know me as a quiet person, easily spending free time in solitary. As a student I never raised my hand, shrinking in embarrassment if called upon in class. My friends never really knew me because I rarely talked; my strength was in listening. Nature was my favorite companion, proof of which is my treasured butterfly collection.

Skipper on Coneflower copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

Many of you who have become my friends the past ten plus years may surprised by this trait. My career has led me to act as leader of learning for both children and adults. I continue to treasure time for myself, it is a way for me to reconnect with myself. But I have learned the richness that life offers when experienced and shared with others. How shallow my life would be if I had not discovered the awesomeness of getting to know the many wonderful persons who’ve crossed my pathway.

My continued passion for nature is more rewarding when I work side-by-side with students in our outdoor “Living Museum” and include a small menagerie of classroom pets for first hand learning experiences. I have come to realize that the joys of planting, harvesting, or observing an insect at work are measureably more fun when shared with others.

Eastern Black Swallowtail on Coneflower copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

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