Contrasts at that fountain…

I wasn’t looking for “contrasts” when enjoying the sights and cool breeze at Buckingham Fountain, Chicago. But couldn’t resist these two images. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Look behind the large bike and you’ll see the other young lady has a small scooter. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Time to cool off…

The awesomely large, regal, magnificent Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, is most enjoyed on these super hot summer days. One learns quickly where to stand to catch the cool sprays. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Can you feel the cool invigorating sprays? Nighttime is the most incredible show of ever changing colors and spray heights. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A must-do destination, Buckingham Fountain. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Even the Quinciera party chose a few moments at Buckinham Fountain to cool off during great photo ops. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Just ducky…

Out of the water for a bit, this male Mallard tries to hide among the Dandelions. These images were all taken one morning at Lincoln Park’s North Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Grooming is ever a process when out of the water. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Male Wood Duck sunning on a warm spring day. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mallard Duck family enjoying an outing in Lincoln’s Park, North Pond, Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Real reflection…

Eating another delicious lunch at the 15th Street Fisheries in Ft. Lauderdale’s Marina this reflection in the water of the dock caught my attention. The mesh screen between us and the water is there to keep birds away from our food; though they are skilled at grabbing it in the air when Tarpon feeding is happening. When you go plan to feed the Tarpon in this water between dock and restaurant. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Airy resurrection…

This resurrection is an air Fern known for going dormant or dead-like during times of drought and then vibrantly returning with a little rain. The Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodiodes) is an air fern, attaching to live Oak trees and obtaining it’s nutrients and moisture from the air.

Remergence of the Resurrection Fern. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mini ecosystem on this tropical tree including the Resurrection Fern. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Lady of the waters…

The white belly helps identify this as a Louisiana Heron, who contrary to its name is common to Florida. Adubon as given it the nickname of “Lady of the Waters”. This one was near the Great Egret pictured yesterday.

Delicate Louisiana Heron, but a very swift runner when after a fish. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Cropped image to show its white belly. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Not a pigeon…

Ibis resting on a one leg. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Ibis resting on a one leg. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Imagine my excitement to see this Ibis resting on a chain-link fence at the edge of a Best Buy (electronic store) parking lot. My Midwestern self considers such birds as exotic tropical specimens represented in zoos. It is a foreign idea to consider them common wild birds of the neighborhood. Ft. Lauderdale has been called the Venice of the U.S.; though respectfully I doubt that Venice calls itself the Ft. Lauderdale of Italy. What I’m meaning to say is that waterways are prevalent in Ft. Lauderdale.

I “assume” that it is resting between fishing activities in contrast to Chicago parking lot fowls. Chicago parking lots are inhabited by pigeons and much to the surprise of coastal residents, seagulls. Some explain the seagull’s presence with our large water body, Lake Michigan. But many of the seagulls in Chicago prefer the food left in grocery and mall parking lots. No fishy diet for them.

Sunlit textures…

Late afternoon, low angel light shows the textures of one of the Lincoln Park lawns. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The same light on Lake Michigan reveals textures created from Lake depths and wind. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg