Just around the corner…

…is a yellow Magnolia tree, which I’ve photographed for the past six years.

Here it is last Spring, in all its glory:

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And this is how it looked this afternoon:

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The building on the right has a new tenant and, apparently, they decided to decorate…and it so cheers me to see!

(Tried to get a shot of their flower box, but could get a good enough angle, as the third floor is quite high.

It’s filled with greens and several large ball ornaments like these on the tree.)

MERRY CHRISTMAS to them, and all of you, too!

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For some reason…

…I find great hope as the sun rises.

Sunday morning

Sunday morning

This morning, just one week before Christmas!

This morning, just one week before Christmas!

Wishing all my followers the happiest Christmas ever, and an extremely prosperous New Year!

It’s been BRRR!

Condensation on my windows has been a real problem this year, and because it’s been such a very cold Autumn-into-Winter season here in Chicago, most days the windows have been iced up, perhaps because I was very thorough when caulking…but then, there are no drafts at all!

Yet, the iciness is truly fascinating.

I hope you’ll agree?

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Mmm, mmm, YUM!

On Washington Street just west of Michigan Avenue, Toni’s La Patisserie windows are filled with Christmasy edibles!

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Okay, you can all stop drooling!

(I think I gained five pounds just taking these shots!)

Yesterday’s Watery Walk

It was raining yesterday…then it was snowing…and it went back and forth like that all day!

My first stop was up the street at the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, the Emil Bach House, where the Cineraria were not only wet, but pretty creepy-looking as well!

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The bushes just inside the wrought iron fence were pretty wet also!

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At the Gateway Centre, where the grocer is located, the Hydrangeas looked like this:

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And the nearby rose bushes were full of water droplets also, though it was snowing at the time!

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Thankfully, in about five hours, Winter makes way for Meteorological SPRING (officially, Spring (the vernal equinox) arrives on March 20th at 6:02 AM CST)…and I am so very happy to ‘shoo away’ all these gray days of Winter!

I’ll be buying a bunch of daffodils tomorrow…that’s how anxious I am to get back to photographing flowers!

Some people…

…feel rather negative about the snow we’ve been getting, so I thought I might ‘get negative’, too!

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There really hasn’t been that much where I live, right around three inches…and because it began again today as rain-snow, with the temperature above freezing, it’s all melty and slushy!

In case you’d like to see them, here are the originals, which I processed as black and white images:

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It was so very pretty, though…so I guess I’d rather beĀ  ‘positive’, huh?

From my window: Today’s newfallen snow

It began with rain, then some sleet, followed by that white stuff!

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The sky became grayer, a bit darker, then it just kept snowing…but not a lot, only about two inches!

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We’ll probably have a little more by morning; I was out earlier and it was beginning to flurry again.

I guess I’ll have to savour these images, because by next winter, the Shambhala Center will be demolished, and the entire corner will be filled with a four-story parking structure.

No more Pumpkin Lot or Christmas Tree Lot or images of these beautiful trees…all I’ll see when I look down will be either cars or a flat roof!