In certain gardens…

…it seems Summer lingers on…

...as Gardenias continue to bud...

…as Gardenias continue to bud…

...and slowly transform...

…and slowly transform…

...into full blossoms, perfuming the air...

…into full, creamy blossoms, perfuming the air…

...while orangey Hibiscus display as singles...

…while orangey Hibiscus display themselves as singles…

...or surprise the gardener as doubles!

…or surprise the gardener as brilliant, showy doubles!

The Last of Summer

How happy I am that this Summer is at an end!

The final moon of Summer, taken last night at 9:12 PM (CDT) from my studio window.

The final moon of Summer, taken last night at 9:12 PM (CDT) from my studio window.

The last sunrise of Summer, taken at 6:33 AM (CDT) this morning, also from my studio window.

The last sunrise of Summer, taken at 6:33 AM (CDT) this morning, also from my studio window.

Autumn…ah, the quiet of Autumn…arrives officially at 9:29 PM (CDT) tonight!

It’s been a horrid Summer for me, what with the invasion of bedbugs which required so much extra labor I never got much of a chance to enjoy relaxing along the shore of Lake Michigan. nor did I get much of a tan.

Every day was work, work, WORK!“think like a bedbug” and caulk and patch every single crack and crevice one could find–only to discover there were severe ‘mistakes’ (shortcuts?) taken by the carpenters who rehabbed this building some years ago, leaving HUGE gaps where moldings did not join walls and floor.

Noise from morning to late afternoon, as the gas company workers dug up streets to replace ancient gas pipes, followed by water department workers who dug up other parts of the street to replace ancient water mains.

Oh, it has been an ugly Summer for me!

I welcome Autumn with the lens cap off, clicking then processing each image, relishing the beauty of the season.

Lte Summer Grasses

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Autumn…so very welcome!

Busy buzzers

There’s a tiny raised bed in Rogers Beach Park up the road, planted by a woman I met two years ago.

I haven’t seen her since, but obviously she’s still tending this small space.

Earlier in the week, I walked up there and found these little guys/gals, humming away and, thankfully, not interested in me at all!

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Though the temperatures are still warm…

Fallen Ivy leaves

Fallen Ivy leaves

…Autumn is truly in the air–and in the quality of light.

After catching that chill on Labor Day, I felt really out of sorts health-wise…and the news of the past few days has been even more chilling and very depressing, what with all the ‘war chatter’!

Perhaps a little beauty can brighten our mood?

This is the best macro I've ever gotten of Hibiscus...the light was just right!

This is the best macro I’ve ever gotten of Hibiscus…the light was just right!

Adding the Diffuse Glow filter, using pure white as the glow color, seems to give this deep Pink a much ‘dreamier’ look.

Deep Pink Hibiscus XCU Diffuse Glow

There have been only a few flowers still growing, mostly Marigolds and other annuals…I’ll miss these beautiful Hibiscus, but of course, I’ll always have the images!

Labor Day 2013

A change in weather gave us the cloudiest, coolest Labor Day in many years.

With a northeast wind off Lake Michigan, the shoreline wasn’t as packed with people as it has been in the past.

In fact, it was downright chilly as I took these images and hurried for cover from the wind.

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But by the end of the afternoon, it became pretty obvious that there had been plenty of picnics!

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I had my own little ‘picnic’ meal–some nice homemade soup, flavored with Thai garlic chili sauce, which warmed me quite nicely!

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Also, I was informed that this is my ‘anniversary’–my second year at WordPress is complete!

It’s sure been a great ride…and I hope you’ll all come along for the next year!

The cloud formations…

…from Friday evening’s storm were exceptional.

Thankfully, there were no tornadoes, as these mammato-cumulus clouds are frequently accompanied by one or two!

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Regretfully, I never seem to be able to capture the lightning!

 

Yesterday’s fog…

…rolled in and out throughout the day.

Take a look…and just enjoy!

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On my walk back home, I took this shot of the top of the recently renovated Farcroft building’s north facade.

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That statue in the lower middle always looked like a camel to me until I walked farther east on Fargo Avenue, zoomed in as far as I could, and caught this:

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Phoenix?  Goony bird?  I do know it’s not a cockatoo!

I’ve found no documentation as to what it is, but it’s definitely a pretty incredible, huge sculpture sitting atop that thirteen story building!

Monday’s Roses

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These have been processed with the ‘Diffuse Glow’ filter in Photoshop (TM), also utilizing a pure white background (Glow) color.

The result?

Very romantic, I feel!

It occurred to me the other day…

…while walking to the grocer’s, that I hadn’t kept you informed of the progress in the renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House here on Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The west and south facades

The west and south facades

Lots of building supplies clutter the front yard, and the scaffolding remains while the fascias are being strip-sanded and repainted, and the walls are being prepared for the application of a new layer of stucco.

The west facade

The west facade

A pile of rubble next to an already-full Dumpster is all that remains of the old roof–I don’t know if this was the original.

Mr. Wright did have a reputation for creating leaky roofs, such as those at the Johnson Wax Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The front Tulip garden

The front Tulip Garden

I’m not certain if the fabulous Tulip Garden will be brought back, but the garden will be smaller with the addition of about six feet of sod laid as a buffer between bushes and the rich-looking soil.

The deck and rear entryway

The deck and rear entryway

The former sunroom walls have been removed to expose the original deck, which at the time of construction (1915) overlooked the shore of Lake Michigan.

Sadly, the lake was filled in, and the rear of the Bach House is now a half-block west of the shoreline.

The backyard

The backyard

This was a complete and beautiful surprise!

A curving hand-laid stone pathway now surrounds a short retaining wall and flower beds.

This area was originally several feet high and quite ‘wild-looking’.

The structure on the right (a guest house?) is not original to the property–it was built, if I correctly recall, in 2008 and is attached to the two-car garage, which I also think is not original.

The building permit

The building permit

It’s posted on the temporary cyclone fence at the alleyway, and gives you a pretty good idea of what is being added/renovated By Tawani Enterprises, Inc., which is headed by billionaire J. N. Pritzker.

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Tawani Enterprises also has bought the parking lot just north of my own building and the Shambhala Meditation Center just north of that.
Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished--I don't look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

Beginning October 1st, this building will be demolished–I don’t look forward to the noise and dust right outside my living area window!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure...except that this rendering is in very forced perspective--the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

The corner will supposedly look something like this after construction of the four-story Sheridan-Sherwin Parking Structure…except that this rendering is in very forced perspective–the length of the Sheridan Road footage is only about 160 feet +/-!

That’s my building sticking up behind the structure–I hope I don’t lose my view !

Meterological Autumn…

…is just a week away, so I thought I’d show you some of the food neighbors have grown in their small plots in the community garden.

A walkway between the raised beds

A walkway between the raised beds

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Iron-laden Swiss Chard

Iron-laden Swiss Chard

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Purple Cabbages, coming along nicely

Purple Cabbages, coming along nicely

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Fresh Dill, to add to a potato salad for a nice lift

Fresh Dill, to add to a potato salad for a nice lift

Physalis philadelphica, or Tomatillo, is a great addition to Salsa Verde

Physalis philadelphica, better known as Tomatillo, is a great addition to Salsa Verde

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Cheery Cherry Tomatoes...I almost wanted to pick the ripest and pop it in my mouth, but I did not--I didn't grow it!

Cheery Cherry Tomatoes…I almost wanted to pick the ripest and pop it in my mouth, but I did not–I didn’t grow it!

Don't know about this...it IS a Tomato, perhaps a newer variety?

Don’t know about this…it IS a Tomato, perhaps a newer variety?

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Small Acorn Squash...they'll be ready to pick in about two weeks

Small Acorn Squash…they’ll be ready to pick in about two weeks

And lastly, at the far end of the garden…

...tiny Crabapples are ripening, just waiting to be pickled and served for Thanksgiving dinner!

…tiny Crabapples are ripening, just waiting to be pickled and served for Thanksgiving dinner!

One huge plus at this location:  There is a water tap, so the gardeners do not have to rely on Mother Nature, who didn’t provide quite enough rain this Summer!

There’ll be some great, fresh meals in a number of homes in the neighborhood–the gardeners’ hard work certainly paid off!