It’s beginning to happen…

The leaves don’t lie, Autumn is arriving and the next stage of life for our plants and many animals is underway. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

In less than a day this tree went from one yellow leaf to clusters of yellow I’m hoping that our soaking rains will insure a colorful fall. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Evidence Christmas is coming…

 

Ornament booth at The Park at Wrigley’s Christkindlmarket. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wooden ornaments abound at the Christkindlmarket. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peak at the TREE in the Walnut Room of Macy’s (aka Marshall Fields), Chicago. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Looking out the wreathed window of the Walnut Room shows the mural of Muddy Water’s, legendary blues artist, on the wall of Block 37. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

Celebratory window at Macy’s. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

We’ve only gotten a little snow this season, but it was enough for an old fashioned snowball fight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Sign of the season…

Corn on maze set up for Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Kernels of corn on maze. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Prairie splendor…

The vibrant purple Aster draws attention in this golden prairie sea of drying grasses and blooming Goldenrod. This was taken at Chicago’s Northerly Island restored prairie. This end of season scene seems to defy the feeling of the “end” of fair-weather times that the MIdwestern autumn often signals.  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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On the move…

Seeds ready to be dispersed, ensuring continuation of the cycle of life. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Empty brackets. Now is the time of winter’s dormancy. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

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Flowers still bloom in the fall…

Took a leisurely walk around South Pond in Chicago’s Lincoln Park; situated just south of the Zoo. The weather was remarkably warm for mid-November; in the upper 60s. FYI, winter is on the way tonight, just in time for Christmas/Thanksgiving parades. Many perennials continued their bloom while going to seed in preparation for dormant months ahead.

Jerusalem Artichoke still in bloom along the restored prairie surrounding South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Bloom and bud along Lincoln Park’s South Pond. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hardy Hydrangea’s were mostly going to seed as their colors faded to earthen colors; but one bloom still drew it’s own attention. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg.

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End of summer…

Macro view of Hydrangea bloom and seeds. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Macro view of Hydrangea bloom and seeds. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

Drying on-the-vine Hydrangea

Color-fading blossoms

Flowers turns to seed

Perennial preparation for

A season’s passing days.

 

NOTE: The pink, or blue, color of the Hydrangea is known to be controllable. See the following information: www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/colorchange.html

Closeup of Hydrangea bloom changing to seed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Closeup of Hydrangea bloom changing to seed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

Hydrangea seeds in Lincoln Park, Chicago. copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hydrangea seeds in Lincoln Park, Chicago. copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Light and shadow of a macro view of Hydrangea. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Light and shadow of a macro view of Hydrangea. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

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Beginnings of what comes next…

End of summer, beginning of fall. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

End of summer, beginning of fall. Copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Morning walks take me along this foot path between abandoned railroad tracks and a frontage road. The air has cooled, the ground is dry. Fallen berries signal the beginning of autumn. Soon the red berries will joined by red, orange, and yellow leaves.

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