Today’s walk in misty showers

Days like today are supremely enjoyable…warm and Spring-like before noon!

After two days of thunderstorms, this morning there was a medium fog and wet streets…the perfect time to photograph, as the colors are deeper.

In the parkway in front of the Emil Bach House, I found these dead Hosta…in strangely captivating, ‘returning-to-earth’ tones.

They brought to mind Miss Havisham and her wedding cake in Dickens’ “Great Expectations”.

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Here’s a closer look at this one; I prefer the composition here, but had to first let you view the whole:

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Just next door is Cat’s Cradle Bed and Breakfast, where I found a good angle to capture raindrops!

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About three blocks up, in an alleyway, was this HUGE puddle, reflecting a large tree.  I rotated the image, because I felt it needed to be really looked at:

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A very gray day, indeed…within an hour of returning, the temperature dropped and it began snowing–TWO seasons in one day!

Well…that’s Chicago!

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A Community Garden…

…in its ‘drying and dying time’.

Squash vines, which are drying and dying so very gracefully

Squash vines, which are drying and dying so very gracefully

One last leaf left on the Swiss Chard

One last leaf left on the Swiss Chard

Once-lovely Tomatillos can now return to the soil...and enrich it for the new season to come

Once-lovely Tomatillos can now return to the soil…and enrich it for the new season to come

These images were processed using the Palette Knife filter in Photoshop (TM) as I knew it would bring out some very interesting textures.

It is sad, to me, to watch a new garden drying and dying at the end of its first season…but it was a great success for the gardeners, and I thank them for the marvelous opportunity to photograph their efforts and post them here for all of you!