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

Petite bouquets…


Eastern Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) shows up voluntarily along paths and roadsides. The flowers are thumbnail sized and bloom in bouquet arrangements tempting passersby to capture their loveliness. Today I brought them home as images saved.

Portrait of Daily Fleabane. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Nature’s bouquet. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Peak into azure joy…


Springtime Spiderwort beginning to bloom. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Earlier in the month Spiderworts (Tradescantia) were in bloom. They are perennials that tolerate both mesic and “wet feet” (to be in damp soil), so it was appropriate for them to be found near Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The leaves can be 12 inches or longer which, in this case, gently hide its opening buds. What a pleasant find during my morning adventure on the pebbly path.

Cheer for Cherry blossoms…


Walking along Lake Michigan’s shores in Chicago Lincoln Park I was graced with the springtime explosion of these bright cheery blossoms. “Hope springs eternal”; but here spring brings forth eternal hope.

Budding Cherry blossom. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Cluster of spring blooms on tree. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Unanticipated happenings…


Bicyclist trekking  south along Lake Michigan's shoreline in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Bicyclist trekking south along Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Winter along Lake Michigan is only for the hardiest. It did surprise me to come across a bicyclist on the path along the Lake’s shoreline. A young family chose throwing snowballs into the lake instead of the traditional pebbles.

Something I would never have done young.  I'll stick to building snowmen. Wow! Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Something I would never have done young. I’ll stick to building snowmen. Wow! Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

“Let’s throw snowballs!” Copyright 201 Pamela Breitberg

Shades of an aster…


Micro view of fall Aster. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Micro view of fall Aster. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Along the lake’s edge, close to where the Frost Asters were abundant, was one cluster of Asters with pale violet hues. They appeared to be a soft purple until looked close and the striped pattern was revealed. I’m unsure of the species and wonder if it might be a hybrid Aster.

Unknown Aster along Lake Michigan's shore. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Unknown Aster along Lake Michigan’s shore. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

 

More context…


Side view of Jerusalem Artichoke. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Side view of Jerusalem Artichoke. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

I first became aware of Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) when I toured a perennial farm outside of Racine Wisconsin. They recommended it as dependable, colorful addition to any perennial Midwest garden. The native plants in this image adjoin the migratory bird preserve in Lincoln Park, along Lake Michigan. Their presence, just a few blocks from our new condo, makes me feel more at home in this bustling urban neighborhood.

These images show more context of Jerusalem Artichoke to their environment and stages of bloom than the previous single image with the spider and dangling petal. Jerusalem Artichokes are one of a multitude of late-summer, early fall, sunflowers.

For those that like to eat what they grow, check out the following site: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/vegetables/growing-jerusalem-artichokes-zmaz10onzraw.

Close up of the back of the Jerusalem Artichoke

Lake Michigan wild blooms. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Changing to seed head. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg