The future…


Prairie restoration around a migratory bird sanctuary in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Seed heads feed birds and insects and make dramatic winter compositions. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Prairie grass in seed, assuring sustainability of native species. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Subtle reminders…


The fuzzy seed heads are Goldenrod, whose flowers were a short while ago bright golden yellow. The background is the golden flowers of Jerusalem Artichoke, unintentionally reminding us of the recent blaze that was Goldenrod.

Goldenrod in seed, Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The long lens allowed for a short depth of field making the Goldenrod in focus and the background Jerusalem Artichoke to fade in detail. Despite the strong yellow color in a large portion of the image, the contrast in focus makes it clear to the viewer that the attention belongs to the seed heads in this image.

On the move…


Seeds ready to be dispersed, ensuring continuation of the cycle of life. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Empty brackets. Now is the time of winter’s dormancy. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Final show of the roses…


One of the last Rose blooms in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

One of the last Rose blooms in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Macro view of Rose prior to the formation of the “hip”. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Catching the fallen…


Fallen tree leaves caught by Decorative Cabbage. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Accompanying the Cabbage are purple Chrysanthemums with dried fallen leaves nestled around the hardy blooms. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Like the flowers, follows the leaves…


As the Hydrangea flowers turn to earthy colors, so do the leaves. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Macro view of Hydrangea leaves. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Strong leaf pattern and texture enhanced by late in the day lighting. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Strong leaf pattern and texture enhanced by late in the day lighting. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

 

Flowers still bloom in the fall…


Took a leisurely walk around South Pond in Chicago’s Lincoln Park; situated just south of the Zoo. The weather was remarkably warm for mid-November; in the upper 60s. FYI, winter is on the way tonight, just in time for Christmas/Thanksgiving parades. Many perennials continued their bloom while going to seed in preparation for dormant months ahead.

Jerusalem Artichoke still in bloom along the restored prairie surrounding South Pond in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Bloom and bud along Lincoln Park’s South Pond. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Yellow bouquet among the drying prairie grasses. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hardy Hydrangea’s were mostly going to seed as their colors faded to earthen colors; but one bloom still drew it’s own attention. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg.