Posing while waiting for a treat…

The Pelicans are waiting patiently for a fisherman to drop some bait. They are young, thus their brownish colors. These were sitting on the rail of Anglin’s Pier in Lauderdale by the Sea, allowing me to capture some images. They are amazing creatures to observe. I was able to get close enough to capture the details in the feather patterns.

Cousins calmly holding this pose for me. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Drop of water hanging on the tip of this bird’s beak. It must have just landed after a fish dive in the water. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The shades of brown feathers indicate this is a young Pelican. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Layers and patterns courtesy of nature. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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The whole picture…

I am finding that the saying “if you don’t like the weather than just wait a little while” is true by the Atlantic Ocean. This has been a daily routine, varied only by the time of day.

 

Morning storm and sun over beach at Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida;  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Morning storm and sun over beach at Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Promise of spring…

Paperwhite and lace copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Paperwhite and lace copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

The beginning of this new year I opened a waiting Christmas gift from a thoughtful neighbor. I gently placed my waiting bulb, into a small pot filled with moist soil. The sun through a north window added warmth. Then I waited. Waiting is easy to do in the frigid temperatures of winter in Chicago; easier than ever this sub-zero January. This mid-month week, with daily snow and sub-zero forecasts the delicate Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) flowers emerged yielding a light sweet aroma. Promises of spring; reward for patience and faith. What a wonder-ful gift.

My bulb was prepared and ready for growth. If you want to force your own bulbs for early arrival, to warm the cold gray days of winter, check out these instructions:  https://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-paperwhite-narcissus-bulbs.html

Paperwhite bloom copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Paperwhite bloom copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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