Same but different…

Graceful,gentle,quiet beauty. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Each flower, each petal different yet the same. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Resilient Autumn bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Summer’s farewell…

The soft colored, delicate, yet hardy, Japanese Anemone is a welcome, graceful contrast from the bright yellows of many summer flowers. For me, I know that summer is on it’s way out, allowing for Autumn’s entry. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

While the most common Japanese Anemone in gardens is white with a pinkish tinge, this Rosy colored find is equally beautiful. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

From bud to bloom to seed, this flower draws attention throughout it’s arrival in late summer. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Gentle, quiet loveliness. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

When a rose is not a rose…

Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
is a perennial Hibiscus species native to Illinois. This is a rose with no thorns, no arresting fragrance, but a striking presence indeed.

These images look at the subject from the side and rear which draws attention to the patterns and details of this giant blossom.

Beauty in the details. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Details of a large “Rose“. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Swamp Rose Mallow bud and flower. Copyright 207 Pamela Breitberg


Buoyant beauties…

Before roses wake up for their summer display at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Peony blooms welcome springtime with their bright fragrant colors. My Peonies bloom in several see-from-my-window perennial beds.

These beauties were rain soaked adding to drama of the scene. The blooms are heavy, so along with their own mass the added raindrops insured the bloom’s relaxed statue.

Rain soaked  Peonies. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Rain soaked Peonies. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Love is…

Rose bud for budding love, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Rose bud for budding love, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Worthy, strong, powerful define “valens”, the Roman origins for the name Valentine. Valentine’s Day has come to symbolize love, stemming from the martyrdom of St. Valentine. Though St. Valentine’s identity is vague and speculative, his (their) impact is profound every February 14th.

The combination of worth, strength, and power mixed with love evokes a robust image of fervent attention. Roses symbolize the love offered on Valentine’s Day. The delicate, sweet smelling flower, seemingly blushes when given as a token of unspoken as well as celebrated love. How artful for the lover to give such a gentle gift as indication of his (her) robust desire.

Happy Valentine’s Day!