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