Winter puffiness…

Macro view of these Pampas Grasses shows the tiny seeds that soon will be dispersed in the wind. What I see is the fluffy-ness of the seedheads; I wonder if they would make a worthy insulator from winter’s frigid chill inside a coat lining. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Click the image above for more information on the prolific Pampas Grass. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This stand of grass were blowing in the chilly early winter winds of the upper Midwest Iowa’s Drake University campus. Patience is always a virtue when photographying grasses; they never rest for more than a brief nano-second. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Natural tree skirts…

This tree’s ground “cover” includes purposely planted cool weather Pansies, enhanced with nature’s addition of fallen golden leaves. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Treeskirts are placed around the Evergreen Christmas tree; real or artifical. Here, the Evergreen tree (real) is skirted with a layer of it’s own soft, warm, pine needles and leaves from a few wind blown neighbors. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This time of year I begin thinking about the tree skirt for around the trunk’s bottom of our Christmas tree. We’re going with a table top tree this year; so I am thinking I might want a tablecloth underneath the tree skirt; a double layer under the tree. The tree skirt actually is used to cover the un-decorative tree stand.

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Signs of change ahead…

White clouds, dark clouds and blue skies along Chicago’s Lake Michigan this morning are accompanied by a blowing red warning flag (don’t go swimming) and a mostly bare tree AND row of SNOW fences!! Yep, winter is coming now that it’s November in Chicago. For Southerners, the snow fences help keep the blowing snow from drifting too much (in theory) onto Lake Shore Drive. (There’s a bit of reflection in the image because this was captured through the window during my morning busride!) Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Comforting bouquets…

Sunny, cheery, arrangement seems to smile in the face of winter’s chill. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Lovely bouquet at our table the other night at a nearby restaurant. Helps one forget the cold, grey, January days. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Warm thoughts….

This winter has spread cold and snow in usually warm climates. Here, as a respite, are images of sunny, warmer, Florida. May your thoughts and hearts be warmed. Happy New Year.

Morning walk on the beach. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Tropical sun warmth. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Native abundance…

“This plant is a native, and with true American perspicacity and enterprise has forged his way from

magenta obscurity to the most prominent place in the floral world.”

‘My Garden’ by Louise Beebe Wilder, 1916

Phlox abundance. May you see the wonder all around you. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Artistic natural creations…

The colors of autumn warm the cooler days quickly becoming cold days and nights of the arriving winter season. The stained glass at The Original Pancake House in Lincoln Park compliment the autumn hues of nature. Bundle up and stay warm everyone.

Colored glass pieces mimic nature’s autumn colors. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Peppers and tomatoes in a window box outside The Original House of Pancakes. They were used for summer harvests, but are hearty enough to remain harvest-able while they compliment the fall colors of the surrounding scenes. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Planter boxes are abundant decor for many condominiums of Lincoln Park. This seasonal design rich in autumn color and design interest. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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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

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Seasonal modifications…

Several posts ago I showed images of activities in Lincoln Park after our first measurable snowfall. Here is one more plus some photographs taken last spring. Quite a difference between the two seasons. Each season brings its own recreational happenings.

Snowman building is a team effort. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Another couple with their pet walk along the lakefront path, avoiding the more populated bike/pedestrian path further west. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The lawn areas pf Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

The lawn areas of Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

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Change of pace

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Playtime on Lauderdale by the Sea’s beach in Florida. Copyrght 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Who knew?

January

Here is SUN and SAND and SALTWATER.

Who knew?

January

doesn’t have to mean SNOW and COLD.

Here a beach tractor raking the sand

Replaces the snow plows in the streets of Chicago.

Here families and couples wear light clothing as they play at the ocean’s edge

Forgetting the boots, coats, mittens and hats required for snowmen building and sledding.

Who knew?

January

Here is SUN and SAND and SALTWATER.

Beach is raked each morning, as an ecologically friendly way to "pretty" up last night's high tide's treasures. My goal is to walk the beach to treasure hunt for shells and coral before they are hidden under the sand.

The beach is raked each morning, as an ecologically friendly way to “pretty” up last night’s high tide’s treasures. My goal is to walk the beach to treasure hunt for shells and coral before they are hidden under the sand. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Early morning family play while a couple take a selfie to remember their date on the beach. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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