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

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

Sometimes it’s best to go with the wind…

I remind myself

Many times a day, a week,

To accept what I can’t control.

To accept what I can’t change.

I remind myself to let life flow

To take advantage of winds of change

And use change to move forward.

I remind myself life is richer

When I embrace the flows of my life.

Sturdy enough to handle the winds of incoming weather changes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Skilled at using the winds to move to and from as a community. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Seminole wet prairie…

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Cypress Swamp Dome, thin as itis. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Outside the AhTahThiKi Museum on the Seminole Reservation in Florida is a mile-long boardwalk through a Cypress Swamp Dome. Prior to engineered draining of the Everglades in the 1930s this land was wet enough to canoe the wet prairie land, swamp. Seminoles canoed for hunting. This means of provision is no longer available, cattle farming is now the main product of the land. The floor is wet seven to ten months of the year, which is then the growing season for the Cypress trees. The Dome appears sparse allowing enough sunlight to sustain its lush fern ground cover.

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Fern rich floor. Copyright 2018 Pamela Bretberg

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Looking to the heavens. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Images copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Not what it seems…

Spanish moss adds mood o the scene. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

It is a prolific plant in Florida. Visitors are told that Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an invasive, choking pest, harming trees and other plants that it inhabits. Its dense clusters do seem to cover its hosts. The strange truth is that it is a member of the pineapple family; with tiny flowers that I have yet to see because to see them requires a microscope. I have tried zooming in on the photographs I’ve taken but have yet to find any flower; so perhaps my timing was off, and I did not capture them during their bloom time.

Truth is that Spanish Moss, aka Grandpa’s Beard, is an air plant getting its food and water from the atmosphere. Its host plants provide only a resting place though it has been known to be so dense that the host plant does not enough sunlight and therefore suffers. Folklore is that the plant, “The Meanest Man That Ever Lived”, was from an old man’s hair that grew very, very long and caught on the trees. Things are often not what they seem. But the stories are fun.

Grandpa’s Beard?! Coyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Beautiful and eerie. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Close-up Spanish Moss. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Tree enveloped by Spanish Moss. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Seeds or finished blooms…

The more I know, the more I know I don’t know. I’m unsure what kind of tree this is and if what I’m looking at are stamens and pistols or newly forming seeds. Ugh! But interesting still.

What is this tree? What stage of growth..seeds or spent flowers?  Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

What is this tree? What stage of growth..seeds or spent flowers? Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Spring tree activity at North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Spring tree activity at North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Caught in the fall…

Recently fallen Maple leaf, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Recently fallen Maple leaf caught by Barberry Bush, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Joe Pye Weed caught this Maple leaf, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Joe Pye Weed caught this Maple leaf, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Fallen leaf caught by Purple Coneflower Seed head, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Fallen leaf caught by Purple Coneflower Seed head, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Fallen Maple leaf caught by Joe Pye Weed, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Fallen Maple leaf caught by Joe Pye Weed, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Oak leaves caught on shrubs, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Oak leaves caught on  Barberry shrubs, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg