Suggestion of sustainability…


Decomposing garden remnants pushed aside by emerging daffodil leaves. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Decomposing garden remnants pushed aside by emerging daffodil leaves. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Spring brings to mind a myriad of thoughts. Positive, optimistic hopeful. Creative sparks of energy take hold and get us moving forward.

“We had heavy, long lasting snow again this winter, which results in matted down garden beds. Nevertheless, spring’s sun and warmth becomes stronger, longer, and less sporadic, gently inviting us all to stretch and wake up.

Sustainability is manifest in this image. The rise of a cluster of daffodils ensues as the sun’s warmth provides the energy for growth. Last year’s leaves and stems provide support and soon will add nutrients to bear health in the perennials. Unseen life will aid this process and sustain themselves in the process.

My energy grows too as I find myself outside more discovering signs of spring’s arrival.

Midwestern stamina…


And winter returns with 5 plus inches of snow this week. The crocus reflects our Midwestern, optimistic perseverance nature. I look at it and remind myself to stay strong and patient.

And winter returns with 5 plus inches of snow this week. The crocus reflects our Midwestern, optimistic persevering nature. I look at it and remind myself to stay strong and patient. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Upright Crocus in spite of winter's refusal to retreat. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Upright Crocus in spite of winter’s refusal to retreat. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Chopped cut Crocus…


What caused our Crocus to be sliced across the top? The leaves are also cropped off and no gardening has begun yet. So it happened underground?!?   copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

What caused our Crocus to be sliced across the top? The leaves are also cropped off and no gardening has begun yet. So it happened underground?!? copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Another view of top-cropped Crocus. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Another view of top-cropped Crocus. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Still life…


A richly covered, moss laden log on top of matted leaves, showing clear signs of springs awakenings.

The emerald green moss on this log lying atop a forest floor of drying matted leaves, seems to silently shout for attention: a clear sign that Springs awakens.  copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Spring’s varied habitats…


Two micro habitats on forest floor. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Two micro habitats on forest floor. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Two very different habitats though inches away in location. In the first image, the forest floor still has some un-melted snow while the top side of a decaying log resting on the same floor hosts a warmer habitat’s greening moss. The second image shows more green moss atop two logs resting in a typical vernal pool. Vernal pools are temporary springtime micro-habitats created when the still frozen ground has not yet absorbed the melted snows of winter.

Vernal spring pond with moss laden logs, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Vernal spring pond with moss laden logs, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg