When the dogs bark…


 

 

Leisurely stroll along Lake Michigan. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Calm before arrival of outsiders. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

View of Navy Pier and Downtown Chicago from Belmont Harbor in Lincoln Park. Believe it or not the weather was cloudy with NO rain or snow! Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Avoiding confrontation with arriving dogs during their afternoon outing with their master. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

All is well. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Welcome back to the World…


The Butterfly World in Coconut Creek Florida seems like a world to itself. Today I am sharing a few images from last winter’s visit. They reopened today: https://www.butterflyworld.com/hurricane-closure-and-preparation/, and will release the butterflies and finches back into their outdoor habitats. There was no damage to the facilities by Irma.

A resting Clipper butterfly. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

Rain drenched stills butterflies; they are unable to fly with wet wings. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of butterfly among the flora. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

White Morpho butterfly. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.

Thoas Swallowtail feeding on bananas in a dish. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg. I am unsure why its “tails” seem to be missing.

Too often ignored…


Lichen on top of cliff’s edge. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

This Lichen lives atop a rock at Lover’s Leap in Starved Rock State Park. Though its tiny, its resilience merits appreciation.

Difference between fungi, lichen, moss and algae: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/you-moss-be-joking-if-you-lichen-this-to-fungi

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

Hardy resilience…


Tough and strong are not the usual adjectives used to describe Daffodils, yet they perfectly describe their nature. Their bulbs are considered lasting in the garden because they are ignored by squirrels who prefer to dig up tulip bulbs. My focus on these spring beauties is on their stem and flowers’ resilience. Warm days followed by snow are typical of Chicago’s springtime weather. This can test both the heartiest Midwesterner as well as spring blooming plants who all seek the warmth and cheer of springtime sunshine.

Over the years I have learned to resist running outside to rescue daffodils lying on the ground frozen in a coat of white. It seemed a kindness to cut them, place them in a vase filled with warm water, and set them nearby to ensure their beauty would last a few more days. I underestimated their resilience.

These images show their falling blooms under the weight of fresh snow and ice followed by their return to upright stance and brilliance the following storm-free day. This analogy serves me well when I feel that trials are weighing me down. They may melt away in time if I stay strong. This spring these blooms have survived three consecutive rounds of sun and snow followed by more sun. Wow!

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Snow toppled Daffodils. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

White Daffodil under frosted snow. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

White Daffodil in the sunshine after the storm. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Yellow Daffodil weighed down with snow. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

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Hardy return of Daffodil’s blossoms. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Pretty persistence…


Submissively aggressive, the Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), has several heavy-duty survival traits. This perennial is quick to spread in the garden, yearly claiming wider and wider territories. If that trait is not enough for its survival, each flower has the ability to move around its base stem when brushed. Passersby, accidently too close, will not harm the flower, ensuring the plants ability to be a prolific seed producer, ensuring future new plants. Try it, the next time you encounter Obedient Plant; see how easy it is to move the location of the flowers around its base!

 

Obedient Plant, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Obedient Plant, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg