Is it the water…

These giant, graceful Orchids were in full bloom next to Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. A must see!

Beautiful, graceful Orchids are an easy find in Grant Park, Chicago. CLICK on image above for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The Two Orchids reach for the sky. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago with Two Orchids on the southern end of the fountain, with the magnificent skyline in the background. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Shooting stars in Lincoln Park…

Feel the warmth of the late springtime air. The grasses are green and the Shooting Star is in bloom by North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. This delicate beauty is a native perennial for Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close up of the small, too often unnoticed, Shooting Star. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Natural inspiration…

Nature's Starburst in the sky, Key West, Florida. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Nature’s Starburst in the sky, Key West, Florida. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Key West, Florida is historically renown as a home for crafters and artisans. The unique is highly valued and proudly displayed including this custom designed car decor. Nature takes no back seat to the colors and designs found throughout Key West’s Old Town and perhaps inspires creative urges.

This tree, Starburst, aka Shooting Star (Clerodendrum Quadriloculare), blooms only in the late winter and early spring, so was in full bloom last month during our visit. The large, full, blossoms command attention, which upon closer examination divulge its artistic aptitude.

Starburst tree with many “shooting stars”. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Artist’s tribute to nature. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

As promised…

Stopping by for a snack at Anglin’s Pier in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, was this juvenille Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). I found it interesting that he (or she?!) was so relaxed and tolerated this non-angler’s determination to take multiple shots while inching closer and closer for a better shot. The contrast between fluffy soft looking feathers and a lloooonnnngggg hooked beak solicited attention.

Just chillin' at Anglin's Pier, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Just chillin’ at Anglin’s Pier, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Active juvenile Brown Pelican, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Active juvenile Brown Pelican, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Brown Pelican scratching an itch? copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Brown Pelican scratching an itch? copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg