Today’s walk…

…yielded so much beauty it will take two posts.  I began at the Emil Bach House, designed in 1915 by Frank Lloyd Wright, and now owned by James N. Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Military Museum here in Chicago.  The annual tulip display is phenomenal, but they are coming to their end.

Last of the Bach House Tulips  Copyright 2012

Just next door, heading north, is another Wright-era house, also owned by Mr. Pritzker.  There is a grand tulip display, but these lovelies also abide here:

Bleeding Hearts and Dew  Copyright 2012

The morning fog left everything kind of dewy, including these Hosta in the parkway:

Dewy Hosta  Copyright 2012

As I crossed Rogers at Ashland Avenue, I noticed these purple iris getting ready to burst:

Purple Iris Buds  Copyright 2012

Thinking I was finished shooting, I crossed Rogers Avenue…and something bright caught my eye.  I almost could not believe…a poppy!in full bloomon the first of May!

First Poppy  Copyright 2012

If it continues to be warm…

…here in Chicago, it won’t be long before we see this:

Extreme Close-up: Maple leaves  Copyright 2009

I consider this one of the best XCUs I’ve ever taken…the print hangs on my wall.  The central ‘new’ leaves were only about 3/4″ long.

Because of such an early Spring, I am reminded of an old adage:  There will be no more frost once the maples begin to leaf.

Making old look older

Great Lake Tree  Copyright 2012

This marvelous tree grows right above the Lake Michigan shore.  I’m certain it is at least 100+ years old.  With a lot of Photoshop (TM) and several grunge apps, the phot looks as if it may have been taken almost that long ago…doesn’t it?

More signs of the early Spring

28MAR2012-Lilacs  Copyright 2012

With today’s rain, and the warming trend predicted, these will be in full bloom by Sunday…NO April Fool’s Day intended!

28MAR2012-Ivy  Copyright 2012

This ivy is on the western wall of a building about a block and a half north of me.  It is extremely unusual to see ivy in late March here in Chicago, especially this close to Lake Michigan.

Another 80 degree day…

…has brought us these lovelies:

These are blossoming so early, I feel we are being teased…a lot.  This is Chicago, and March is normally a dismal month.  I’m certain we’ll see a heavy snowstorm or three before May.

The real capper is this flowering crab, less than two full blocks from the shore of Lake Michigan:

For the past few moments, there has been distant thunder.  I fear a storm might destroy the delicate magnolias….