Miracles Respectfully Preserved tm…

by Pamela Brietberg Words and Photography by a naturalist

Is it a bird’s or squirrel’s…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on April 7, 2014


Is it a bird's or squirrel's...

Why such a big home (nest) on such tiny branches when larger branches nearby? Copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Wider view of nest Copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Wider view of nest Copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

 

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more Crocus poses…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on April 6, 2014


Close-up image of Crocus bloom copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Close-up image of Crocus bloom copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

The lavender toned Crocus has emerged from the neutral tones of winter leaf litter; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

The lavender toned Crocus has risen from the neutral tones of winter leaf litter; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Cool spring hues…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on April 6, 2014


First Crocus of spring copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

First Crocus of spring copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Winter white scenes have been replaced with spring cool vistas of blue sky and pale purple crocus. Cool hues are calming and peaceful. This spring is especially welcome as it signals the end of many treacherous days of extreme cold and snow in Chicago.

One worry I did not have this winter was whether this twenty eight year old bulb would reappear. The record breaking snows were a warm sheltering blanket from the equally record breaking number of below zero days; a natural protector for bulbs and perennials. The bud waited two full days for April showers to pause, and opened this morning to greet the sun and to warm my spirit.

 

Cool colors of spring, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Cool colors of spring, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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While the ground thaws…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on March 24, 2014


Tree reflections in flooded field copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Tree reflections in flooded field copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Record breaking snows and arctic cold temperatures this Chicago winter leads to temporary flooded fields while we wait for the ground to thaw enough to absorb the melted snow. Meanwhile nature’s neutral tones of preserved patterns make for interesting compositions.

View through melted snow and sun glare; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

View through melted snow and sun glare; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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The warmth of spring…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on March 23, 2014


Dwindling winter snow with spring temperatures in 40's for a few days;  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Dwindling winter snow with spring temperatures in 40′s for a few days; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Remaining winter on forest trail, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Remaining winter on forest trail, Interesting that snow remains on land most tresspassed.  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Vernal Spring brings vernal pools…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on March 21, 2014


Wetland's vernal pool copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Wetland’s vernal pool copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

It is officially spring today. Are you unclear about what this scientifically mean? Check out: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/100321-first-day-spring-equinox-2011-vernal-science/ .

In Chicago, spring meant snow flurries this morning. Tomorrow will be 60 degrees Fahrenheit followed by five days in 30′s and 40′s. Spring in Chicago is dynamic, confusing, and ever changing. I try my best each “spring” to wait for warmer days to arrive in May. Then when warmth occurs in April, I feel blessed.

In celebration of the Vernal Equinox. I share images taken this afternoon of “vernal pools” in our patch of Cook County Forest Preserve which is an official wetland area. This designation is best evidenced in the spring. For more information on vernal pools check out: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/vernal.cfm.

Vernal pool copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Vernal pool copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Lost in the details…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on March 10, 2014


Orchids against lace copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Orchids against lace copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Nature's details copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Nature’s details copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Orchid in natural light copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Orchid in natural light copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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March is still winter…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on March 7, 2014


March's snow and fog in Forest Preserve copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

March’s snow and fog in Forest Preserve copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Thought I’d look at my March images from last winter/spring so that I could share some more colorful, spring-like images. Well, there was snow on the ground then too. But only enough to coat the ground and still allow plant remnants to poke through. And look, the dormant shrubby remains have foggy water drops….no frozen snow.

Water drops from passing fog copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Water drops from passing fog copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Ups and downs…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on March 3, 2014


Perspectives vary just as opinions vary. “Snow” evokes different feelings and moods. Children are barely able to remain in their seat when they see snowfall out a classroom window. Anticipation of heavy labor occupies the thoughts of many others. I usually see beauty, though admittedly this winter I’m growing weary of the accompanying COLD. This weekend we have a fresh five inches of glistening white, temporarily hiding the layers of crusted urban-soiled “old” snow.

One image here reveals the vastness of a desolate winter scene. Contrastingly, the bench and bleachers in the background remind the observer that at other times of the year this space activity fills this scene.

Dormant trees make interesting subjects, accentuated against their white background. The sprigs of new growth arising from the top of the mature limb mimics the stand of trees in the background. Repeating patterns complimenting each other and reinforcing the bareness of winter in the Midwest. The touch of sunlight colors the under limb providing a dash of warmth and hope for warmer days.

Chin up, weary winter friends who still, as I have a NEED to wear our boots. Look for fresh perspectives. Look up and down. Your images will be more imaginative and your outlook will stay “up”. March “should” go out like a lamb!

Complimentary tree patterns copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Complimentary tree patterns copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Winter wonderland, Mansfield Park, Morton Grove, IL copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg
Winter wonderland, Mansfield Park, Morton Grove, IL copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Wordless oxymoron…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on February 11, 2014


Wordless oxymoron...

Hydrant (water source) covered with solid water (snow) copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

I show this as an oxymoron example while also realizing the importance of cleared hydrants this time of year when too often homes are ablaze from unsafe heat sources. Be safe everyone.

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