Hardy…


Not all wildlife migrates south for the winter. Like people, some species acclimate to the many Midwest climate changes during the year. Here are some native Northerners enjoying the cooler days of autumn in Chicago.

The hardiest Heron do not migrate to Florida for the winter but remain at Lincoln Park’s assorted ponds. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Always on public display, grooming is never private. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Squirrels squirreling away nuts is easily witnessed this time of year in preparation for winter’s long season. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

The Grey Squirrel is a personal favorite on my walks though parks. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Friends in the pond community. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

More grooming, this time by a duck. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Spring is not the only time of birth for the turtles of South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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

Light rain jaunt…


 

South Pond, Lincoln Park Chicago view toward downtown in a drizzle. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Our weather forecasters say we’re three inches behind in rain levels for this fall season. So the constant drizzle the other morning was welcome in spite of our planned six mile walk beginning at South Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago. As the weather cleared a bit we came upon this gorgeous Hydrangea with one last new bloom. I enjoy both them all, even the fading ones.

Taking a break from the rain and what else ?….. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Silver bicycle; an art statement or just locked to a random post in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

My bicycle on a ride a day later to Montrose Harbor’s dog beach area. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Time’s a changing…


Fall mums in mass across from Lincoln Park, in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

While most perennials are going to seed a few new blooms brighten the landscape. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breirberg

Autumn brings a physical change in the weather and Midwest landscape. This week a nearby condominium replaced summer flowers with these hardy Mums. They are hardy officially but still considered as annuals in the Chicago area; they aren’t “hardy” enough for Lake Michigan’s winter temps. Other flowers are in their final bloom cycle as blossoms fade in color and turn to textured seed heads bringing a new element of design and pattern to the garden. During this time of change, pods begin bursting so that puffs of feathery seeds are dispersed in hopes of ensuring future generations. Among the fading petals and growing seeds there are some late bloomers adding perennial colors to the scene.

Embrace the changes in the season. Embrace changes that are natural. At this time of year, it’s easy for me to be reflective and to realize changes in my life and myself during the past year. Somehow this “end” of season time of year brings renewed energy and purpose to me. May you marvel and feel empowered from your own changes this past year. May you find energy and passion to be able to embrace changes in your life. May change be positive and meaningful for each of us.

I write all this realizing it’s a challenging time as we strive to come to terms with other’s choices and decisions. Other’s choices can make us feel dis empowered and hopeless. We always have a choice in how we react to others and their actions. The fact that we have our own power and choice is what keeps me optimistic.

 

Milkweed seed has been temporarily caught by a spiny seed-head. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Fading Hydrangea bloom; many collect dried flowers for their continued beauty. 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

Freshly fallen…


Still lovely, as it’s freshly fallen off the stem. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Multiple stages of life appear on this perennial. Flowering averages three weeks on summer perennials. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Today there was an abundance of fallen flowers. What surprised me was the falling of complete flowers; usually petals fall one at a time. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

The bees and the balm…


The Bee and the Bee’s Balm. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of Bee’s Balm. The center here reminds me of tan insect’s compound eye. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

The color and the scent attracts Bees: Bee Balm is a chosen nectar. People find Wild Bergamot tea soothing as well. By any name they are an American favorite. This native perennial has been used by insects, Native Americans and European settlers for centuries. I enjoy it’s unique flower design.