Miracles Respectfully Preserved tm…

by Pamela Brietberg Words and Photography by a naturalist

Establishing roots…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 21, 2014


Coreopsis, aka Tickseed, is known to be a happy garden member; a no-fail perennial. My experience has been the opposite, leaving me to wonder how I could improve my hosting abilities. This year two clusters have returned without my need to “begin again”. I cannot boast that they are thriving; but their delicate beauty is a bright spot in my garden, seeming to award my greening thumb.

Coreopsis is so named from a combination of Greek words for bug and seed, as its’ seeds resemble bug. Tickseed derives its’ name from having seeds that look like ticks; perhaps a more specific identification of the “bug”. One can understand why both names have been used for a variety of flowers.

I have planted so many Coreopsis in my garden over my 28 years of care that I no longer record specific varieties into my gardening journal. So unfortunately, I cannot share the specific name for this survivor. The garden catalogs offer quite a few similar looking species, each with a clever, attention-grabbing name.

Photography note: When photographing small things, such as a flower, close-up, it is usual that the depth of focus is very shallow. These blooms were close together, yet only the center one is crisply in focus. This can help the viewer clearly understand your intended subject in a crowded scene. Focus is a photographer’s tool, mastered over time with trial and error and patience.

Coreopsis copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Coreopsis copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

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Self-imposed challenge…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 17, 2014


Directing focus on the unnoticed is an amusing challenge. A macro setting on my camera was used to create these images; however, this theme could be accomplished using any lens. The eye and an open mind are critical tools in addition to a camera. Patience helps as well, because it takes a moment or longer to focus on the drops instead of the usual plant subjects.

I was weeding and cutting spent perennial blooms when I spotted these raindrops caught by several spider webs. After-rain is my preferred time to weed; as any ardent gardener knows that the weeds are easy to remove root-and-all when the ground is soft and moist. No spiders rested on their webs, though one Daddy Long Leg was observed quickly retreating when spotting my camera. Chore time was double that morning, these glorious late summer days merit deviating attentions.

 

Rain dops on Spiderweb on Pachysandra, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Rain dops on Spiderweb on Pachysandra, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Spiderweb and Rain on Lily of Valley, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Spiderweb and Rain on Lily of Valley, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

 

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Quiet peace…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 17, 2014


Quiet peace, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Quiet peace comes to mind when I view this image of one of my favorite perennials, the Japapese Anemone;  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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More low tide patterns…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 14, 2014


Shoreline tide pattern, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Shoreline tide pattern, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Pattern and design, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Pattern and design, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Shells arranged by the tides, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Shells arranged by the tides, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

Natural beach design, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Natural beach design, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Unexpected pleasures…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 14, 2014


I feel like “bee”ing spontaneous today and post two images I took just a little while ago, though I do have some older images awaiting my attention. It is always fun for me to “see” new things in my images after they have been created. Most often, I “see” new subjects in my creations when looking through a day’s work on the laptop. Today I had two surprises. The most obvious is the bee in flight. Then I spied a larva on the backside of a flower; the antennae drew my curiosity, leading me to see an attached body.

The anole lizard image was from this summer; it had had enough of my encroaching presence and managed to land safe and dry on the further rail.

 

Busy bee, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Busy bee, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Look at the back of the flower - who is peeking out? copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Look at the back of the flower – who is peeking out? copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Anole lizard mid-jump; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Anole lizard mid-jump; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Natural design…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 9, 2014


I often focus on the little things of life that too often go unnoticed. While taking these images a beach walker confided in me that she was very confused about my attention to what seemed to her like “nothing to photograph”. When I pointed out the patterns of seaweed caused naturally by the receding tide, she was receptive and felt “enlightened”. She pulled out her phone (camera!) and began creating her own images of patterns. Watching her as she paused periodically in her stroll down the beach was almost as much fun as making these images.

I wonder which fabric designers have gotten inspiration from such patterns in nature.

Nature-created pattern, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Nature-created pattern, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Receding tide patterns, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Receding tide patterns, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Random design from low tide, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Random design from low tide, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Natural defense…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 9, 2014


Sea Oats Grass (Uniola paniculata) are valued for their tenacious ability to survive and even thrive in harsh coastal settings. This sparrow relishes the “oats”. Environmentalists appreciate its natural capability to hold the sand in place, effectively combatting salty winds’ erosion attempts.

Sea Oats Grass, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sea Oats Grass, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Lauderdale by the Sea's Anglin Pier with Sea Oats Grass in foreground. Notice the sparrow enjoying a meal. copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Lauderdale by the Sea’s Anglin Pier with Sea Oats Grass in foreground. Notice the sparrow enjoying a meal. copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

For more information check out: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_unpa.pdf

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Nature’s cobwebs…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 4, 2014


Would somebody please dust !!

Yellow Coneflower, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Yellow Coneflower near North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Stabilizing beauty…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 1, 2014


Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis), aka Cucumber-leafed Sunflower was found at the south end of the Galt Mile stretch of the Ft. Lauderdale beach, at the Oakland Park Blvd. entrance to the beach. This is a plant that endures a setting of frequent drought and salt. Stabilizing rapidly, this beautiful flower becomes a sizeable groundcover, helping control beach erosion.

Sun on the beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sun on the beach, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Groundcover of Beach Sunflower, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Groundcover of Beach Sunflower, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Beach Sunflower bloom, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Beach Sunflower bloom, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

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All kinds of weather…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on September 1, 2014


Stormy, sunny day; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Stormy, sunny day; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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