Nature’s Starburst in the sky, Key West, Florida. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Key West, Florida is historically renown as a home for crafters and artisans. The unique is highly valued and proudly displayed including this custom designed car decor. Nature takes no back seat to the colors and designs found throughout Key West’s Old Town and perhaps inspires creative urges.
This tree, Starburst, aka Shooting Star (Clerodendrum Quadriloculare), blooms only in the late winter and early spring, so was in full bloom last month during our visit. The large, full, blossoms command attention, which upon closer examination divulge its artistic aptitude.
Starburst tree with many “shooting stars”. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Artist’s tribute to nature. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg
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 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.
Playtime on Lauderdale by the Sea’s beach in Florida. Copyrght 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Here is SUN and SAND and SALTWATER.
doesn’t have to mean SNOW and COLD.
Here a beach tractor raking the sand
Replaces the snow plows in the streets of Chicago.
Here families and couples wear light clothing as they play at the ocean’s edge
Forgetting the boots, coats, mittens and hats required for snowmen building and sledding.
Here is SUN and SAND and SALTWATER.
The beach is raked each morning, as an ecologically friendly way to “pretty” up last night’s high tide’s treasures. My goal is to walk the beach to treasure hunt for shells and coral before they are hidden under the sand. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Early morning family play while a couple take a selfie to remember their date on the beach. Copyright 2017 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
“Let’s throw snowballs!” Copyright 201 Pamela Breitberg
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.
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.