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.
White Morpho, equally as strikingly beautiful as the Blue Morpho. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Blue Morpho at rest, which is a rare sight. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
“Morph” means change, yet for this family of butterflies it has a different connotation. The Morpho butterflies are so named for their beauty and shape, in reference to Aphrodite. Images of these creatures require patience because when they are visible, they spend most time in the air, rarely settling on a plant long enough to focus and capture (photographically).
This site goes into details of the variety of Morpho butterflies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morpho
Fresh snow and newly arrived sunshine in Harms Woods, Skokie, Illinois. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Yesterday was all grey as the we received the first measurable snowfall of this winter, 7.5 inches. Today, as I drove past my old Forest Preserve stomping grounds I saw the sun peaking in and out of the clouds. Look closely and you can see a round disk in the sky that at first appears to be the moon; but it’s the sun bringing an array of color to the monochrome scene.
Sharing a pretty “weed”, the common White Clover (Trifolium repens). Pretty in the park lawn as well as in chain links as necklaces.
Macro look at White Clover, copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
More familiar view of White Clover, copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
On this suddenly-wintery, ice-stormy day, I found myself browsing through images of warmer fall days. This Hydrangea portrait struck me as appropriate to share with you as I send belated, but warm Christmas greetings (the bloom looks tree-like to me!) and wishes for a wonder-ful New Year.
…..Christmas tree – ish….
Fall blooming Hydrangea at Chicago Botanic Garden. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg
Diablo Ninebark (Physocarpus) shrub with emerging buds and fully open flowers. This shrub reinforces my purple and white shades in my springtime perennial garden. The leaves and the white flowers both have purple undertones. This species is also suitable to my sustainable plans; it is heat and drought resistant. I take advantage of perennial’s deep roots and keep my watering to only once or twice each year. Newly planted perennials are pampered with weekly deep watering as their root systems become established.
Budding Diablo, copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg
Prolific blooms of Ninebark, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg