January’s Seed Pods

The bush on which these open seed pods reside is really unidentifiable to me...I cannot recall the shape of the leaves, but the pods are situated only at the top of each branch.Nonetheless, I find them very beautiful...and somewhat mysterious!

The bush on which these open seed pods reside is really unidentifiable to me…I cannot recall the shape of the leaves, but the pods are situated only at the top of each branch.
Nonetheless, I find them very beautiful…and somewhat mysterious!

 

Another group of seed pods I can't seem to identify!  These are not quite as open as those above...some still contain small seeds encased in a hairy-type fiber.Yet again they are beautiful, when drying and dying!

Another group of seed pods I can’t seem to identify! These are not quite as open as those above…some still contain small seeds encased in a hairy-type fiber.
Yet again they are beautiful, when drying and dying!

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They’re chock full of Vitamin C…

…but don’t plan on using them unless you know for a fact they haven’t been sprayed with any type of insecticide!

Rose Hips-1

From Wikipedia:

The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.

Rose Hips-2

During World War II, the people of Britain were encouraged through letters to The Times newspaper, articles in the British Medical Journal, and pamphlets produced by Claire Loewenfeld, a dietitian working for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, to gather wild-grown rose hips and to make a vitamin C syrup for children. This was because German submarines were sinking many commercial ships: citrus fruits from the tropics were very difficult to import.

Rose hips are (also)  used to help prevent colds and influenza.

You can read the entire article here.

In late Summer…

…Lake Michigan, like the sky, takes on different colors at the end of the day…a time of peace and beauty.

Leone Beach–Early Evening

A little different feel…

…and a little different color!

Some may remember my ‘Best Hancock’ image, shot in 2005 with my Olympus 3.2 Megapixel point and shoot camera:

Best Hancock

I was ‘playing’ in Photoshop (TM) one day and decided to re-work it…then came up with this version, which I decided to use on my new business card:

NEW Best Hancock

I also printed it as an 8.5 x 11 and am very pleased with the variety of colors!  Normally, every image of the Hancock is dreary deep, not-quite-black  grays.  I prefer this and it’s a lot more fun to look at!