Cultural Christmas Tree Diversity…


All were part of the collection at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, celebrating Christmas traditions around the world. The museum also had exhibits on other cultural and religions holidays happening this time of year. I highly recommend a visit to see ALL the trees. My husband paused awhile at the tremendous train exhibit of course too. They had turned one of their trains into a Christmas train.

  • What countries do you recognize?
  • Which decorations were favorites in your childhood?
  • Which decorations surprise you?

Entryway Christmas Tree at Museum of Science and Industry. Breathtaking! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peaceful. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Paper ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Diorama ornament! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wooden and straw ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Native American celebration. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Origami ornaments. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Ho ho ho! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Glimpses of city life ….


 

Montrose Harbor’s Dog Beach; enjoyed by people too! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Morning walk through Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Traffic in front of Chicago Art Institute included Chicago Police on bicycles. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Appropriate dress for Chicago shopping? Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

All styles fit city life. Practically is always the best option. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Sweet is in the eyes of the beholder…


Here are a few different views of downtown Chicago, this time from South Pond in Lincoln Park. The naturalized prairie grasses are prominent in the scene. After a leisurely walk through the park we lunched at the delicious Café Brauer; this time dining was a bit of a challenge. This time of year, worker bees are instinctively anxious to gather as much energy (sugar/nectar) and protein (pollen) as possible to store for the coming winter months. So, as my eyes admired the sweet view from our table, they were eyeing my lunch. And typical of me, I watched with love and allowed them to feast in between my bites and sips.

Warning: If you aren’t fond of bees then don’t look at last two images!

View of downtown Chicago and South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

View of South Pond and Chicago from Cafe Brauer. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Worker bee gathering sweetness from my jam. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wine and cocktails were not off limits for the bees, much to the dismay of the diners. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

For more on bee behavior during the autumn:
https://phys.org/news/2012-10-bees-wasps-busy-autumn.html

It’s a dog’s life…


Ok, so since I teased you on the last post, mentioning my visit to Montrose Harbor’s dog beach I thought it honorable to show you a few images! Though it was a weekday, still activity abounded. This is the largest dog beach in Lincoln Park so great space for all dog personalities.

Dog beach at far north end of Montrose Harbor’s public beach area. You can see the dividing fence in the background separating dogs and THEIR people from other people. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Enjoying the waves. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

All join in! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

It’s mine!! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Dogs are a good excuse to play!! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Relaxing is also allowed. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Oh, the stories that can be told…


Something different for today; I don’t usually steer my attention away from “nature”. But I find this image rich with story possibilities. From the couple in the foreground to the couple in the background (yes, there are two there), to the graffiti. What story comes to mind? I’d love to hear from you. These un-posed, random moments are incredible when so wonderfully self-composed.

Totally unposed candid image! Belmont Harbor, Chicago. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Hunger has been satiated….


Chicago is FLAT unless you include concrete overpasses and underpasses. Starved Rock State Park is a short two-hour drive west from my hometown flatland. The change in environment is extreme and refreshing. Also, it is exhausting for Chicagoans’ muscles used to walking flatland. So, while I rest my arthritic knee and other stressed body parts, I will share some this area’s splendor. My aches are welcome remnants of time well spent; my body will heal and my memories will last for ages.

Some images are from the nearby Matthiessen State Park which we visited as well thanks to the strong recommendation of our daughter. Both Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks in Illinois are results of glacial movement south and then melting and retreat. These parks are witness to natures’ strength and constant change.

Warning to anyone that thinks venturing off marked paths would be fun! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Canyons of Matthiessen State Park. The people in the background give you an idea of its grand perspective. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

That bridge is partway down into the canyon. Awe inspiring views. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Wild Cat Canyon in Starved Rock State Park. One of many canyons in the preserve. Waterfalls were very small because of lack of rain recently. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

100 steps down from the Lodge was the “beginning” of many more steps down into canyon bottoms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg