Precious signs of springtime…

Springtime at Caldwell’s Lily Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Non-crabby looking Crab Apple blooms Mark the new beginnings of springtime. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Awesome beauty; every spring my mind believes this is most beautiful season of the year in Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Spring sprung awake…

A clear sign that I’ve observed over my many years, is that when the Chipmunk sits still for a portrait it means it has just awoken from it’s winter sleep. They may sit in a patch of sunshine for quite awhile and gradually stretch to loosen it’s unused muscles. Next week it will be very unusual to catch such a long pause; portrait capture will be a challenge. This one was at Lincoln Park’s Caldwell Lily Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Native wild in Chicago…

These delicate spring blooms are the only Columbine native to Illinois: Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). These blooms were prolific today in Lincoln Park’s best kept secret, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.

Abundant spring Wild Columbine brighten the shady Caldwell Lily Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close up image of one of the Wild Columbine flowers. These flowers are visited by insects but avoided by larger animals who find them poisonous. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Restorative scene with Wild Columbine inviting one’s restful enjoyment. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

For more information on this Illinois native CLICK the image above. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Springtime in Chicago…

Close up image of spring bloom arrangement. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The apartment buildings along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago host beautiful spring floral arrangements in their windowboxes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Flaming into Spring…

Another eye-catching spring blooming tree is the African Tulip Tree (Spathadea campanulata). The bright red/orange tulip shape blooms appear in clusters up to 80ft. high above the place one usually admire Tulips.

Flame of the Forest” is another name for the African Tulip Tree. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Natural bouquets of Tulips; a little difficult to collect. Best observed uncut. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The rims of the petals are fringed appearing more orange than the rest of the bloom. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Eventually, like all blooms the petals rest of the Earth. Here petals are accompanied by a Blue Dasher Dragonfly. It was a fun surprise evident only upon reviewing my saved images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Trumpeting new beginnings….

Spring enters with revelry. Passover and Easter are the religious celebrations of “new” and “born again”. This Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia caraiba) seems to shout out to any passer-bys that renewal is happening in nature once again. Hope for us all.

Close-up image of a Trumpet Tree bloom high up in the skyline; trees can grow to 40ft x40 ft. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Renewal underway. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Striking, attention grabbing Trumpet Tree. For more information CLICK the image above. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Spending hours studying a miracle…

Japanese Anemone. I make NO claim on being a master artist who is able to capture the full wonders of this flower. Copyright 2018 Pamela

Enclosed courtyard at the Bonnet House, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In the far right you can see the area set aside for art classes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

For some this seems very hoaky I’m sure. But yesterday I spent six and a half hours at the Bonnet House’s lovely enclosed courtyard working on my second painting. I chose, as my subject, a photograph I took a few years back of one of my garden Japanese Anemones. I can easily say I was exhausted when I got home; my brain was worn out.

I literally spent the day thinking, studying this tiny flower. Every petal, every shadow, every curve and curl was studied and mentally dissected for detail. The leaves in the background were studied just as intently for color and light/shadow. My teacher showed me how to make the other buds and blooms fade out of focus. Hours were spent on each petals. The flower showed pollen spilling onto the pedals; it would soon be time for it to enter it’s next stage of life as a seedhead.

As I spent this time I appreciated the beauty, the gracefulness of this creation. It is one of the last of season’s blooms in Chicago along with the Asters. The Japanese Anemone is an agressive plant requiring me to tame it’s appearance in my garden to places of my design. Over the years I removed many “volunteers” that tried entering other areas of the garden. But the quiet beauty, the graceful elegance of the flowers always overcame any bad aspects of the plants.

I no longer have a private garden; we downsized to a lovely condominium. Fortunately Chicago’s Lincoln Park includes Japanese Anemone in it’s mix of perennials.

While I sit here in Florida gazing at this Japanese Anemone I still a drawn to it’s subtle, simple, design. Evidence of one more miracle. The painting has elements of being done by a beginner. For me the joy was the process of creation, trying to capture it’s natural beauty and specialness.

A blessed Passover and Easter to all.

Shells in bud…

Close-up image of Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) in the morning sunlight. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

At the entrance to Flamingo Gardens was this beautiful Shell Ginger in bud stage. The name comes from the shell-like flowers that will soon emerge from the prolific buds. The plant can grow, hedge-like to 4-8 feet tall. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

I am hoping the black tips of these buds do not mean that the plant is stressed from drought that is happening right now in Florida. This is Florida’s 4th driest start to a year. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Berry bounty…

Unsure of the specific Palm variety here, but the berries were prolific and in all stages of ripening. Also unsure if these are edible. They were part of the foilage in the Bonnett House Courtyard, Ft. Lauderdale Florida.

Palm Tree rich with hanging clusters of berries.Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

‘Tis the season for berries. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg