Freedom to bind…

This is a member of the lovely vining Morning Glory family, opening its blossoms as the morning light highlights its beauty. However, this species is one of those non-native, Eurasian varieties that is a dreaded invasive visitor in American gardens. Known as Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) I enjoyed taking its portrait during a morning bike ride along a Lake Michigan pathway in Lincoln Park, far from any cultivated gardens. They appeared a fair distance from a prairie restoration area and were isolated from the golf course by a stone wall making their appearance more tolerable to the native purist. This Bind Weed did emulate its name wrapping around other vegetation proliferating this informal, unplanned area of horticulture.

Portrait of an invader (pretty but unfriendly). Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Catching the sunlight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Busy morning on the Bind Weed Morning Glory. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg


Portrait of Chicago…

These Allium are ornamental yet apropos to be a statement in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. These Allium are a variety of onion. Chicago means “wild onion”, so fitting they are among the wild animals.

The single bright bloom is complemented by the just-past-prime flowers surrounding it, keeping attention on itself.

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

Seasonal modifications…

Several posts ago I showed images of activities in Lincoln Park after our first measurable snowfall. Here is one more plus some photographs taken last spring. Quite a difference between the two seasons. Each season brings its own recreational happenings.

Snowman building is a team effort. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Another couple with their pet walk along the lakefront path, avoiding the more populated bike/pedestrian path further west. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The lawn areas pf Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

The lawn areas of Lincoln Park are often too wet for people to use in the early spring. While people stay on pathways this time of year a pair of ducks relax in one of many vernal pools.

Sunlit textures…

Late afternoon, low angel light shows the textures of one of the Lincoln Park lawns. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

The same light on Lake Michigan reveals textures created from Lake depths and wind. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Thanks for you…

Well, the snow is in the air in Chicago, later than normal, but it means that winter’s season is upon us. Soon I’ll share images from this summer and spring that I have yet to share because of an unusually busy time in my life. All good things; but less time for side projects like this blog.

November bloom in Lincoln Park, Chicago. This late in the season even a tiny bloom is a precious find. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a Thanksgiving that provided good times and many loving moments. Below is one last bloom from this past warm November. Thank you for your comments and “likes”. You make my days more meaningful.

Pathways through…

Stone stairs that show the wear of decades of tread down from Grant’s statue in Lincoln Park. The statue was supposed to be placed in Grant Park but proved too costly to move once the placement error was revealed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Stone archway leading from Lake Shore Drive to the “Farm” south of Lincoln Park Zoo. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Pathway around Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Another stone pathway leading to somewhere special in Lincoln Park. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg


Invitation to relax in Lincoln Park. The low benches allow you to stretch out and rest one’s weary feet, a comforting respite along the miles and miles of pathways through the park. Early in the morning it is possible to find a cluster of empty benches. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg