Just chillin’…

New public lessons for Lincoln Park Zoo’s polar bears. Makes them look harmless except for audience instructions to stay quiet and behind the rope. Very cool; pun intended!

They practice being touched, opening their mouth and doing different poses so that vets can check their health. They are behind a grid-like gate, but are able to touch the trainer.

Eat a fish for being cooperative. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

HUGE paw of polar bear. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Open wide! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Gimme paw sweet cool guy. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

A favorite miracle…

My favorite Hydrangea is the “snow ball”, it brings out the kid in me. But these are wonderful too: Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Multi-blossom flowers in one bloom are one of God’s awesome miracles; layers and layers of exquisiteness.

Oak leaves and blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Oak Leaf Hydrangea buds and blooms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Close up of Oak Leaf Hydrangea. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

Layers of loveliness…

Layers and layers of Dahlia petals. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Took a walk this morning and was stopped still by these blossoms. They appear to be the treasured tuber-growing Dahlias. Their dainty charm requires that tubers be dug and preserved carefully during cold winters and replanted in the warming spring days.

The Dahlia you brought to our isle
Your praises forever shall speak

‘Mid gardens as sweet as your smile
And colour as bright as your cheek.

–Lord Holland (1773–1840)

The flower reminds me of layers of petticoats worn in days of yore. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

Ahhhhh……the lovely Dahlia. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Different perspectives…

Miami Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve in autumn  copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Miami Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve in autumn copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Perspective can provide a change in focus and impression of a scene. These images show the same scene, one view from my bicycle versus a view from the ground. The first a striking scene easily visible by many, the second perception needs to viewed from a place one usually avoids on cold, wet days, the ground.

The ground level view brings to focus the layers of leaves blanketing the forest floor, adding cover and warmth for soon-to-be hibernating insects and perennials. The scene reminds me that nature’s ways are self-sufficient, needing no artificial fertilizers or canned nutrients. The cycle of life as it enters the winter season is preparing for spring’s abundantly rich renewal.

New perspective of forest "fall" copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

New perspective of forest “fall” copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Awesome, was my first thought when reaching this area of vast golden color during my morning ride. I was somewhat surprised because until a few days ago it seemed we might not see a colorful fall. All I had seen until then were brown leaves falling from the skies. As a science teacher, I am aware of the proven technical explanations for this amazing scene; but I cannot help but appreciate the genius behind such creations. Thank you God …..again!!