The perfect blend…

…of Autumn’s colors!

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Ornamental Cabbage…

…is quite beauteous in autumnal floral displays, don’t you think?

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It seems to become an even more attractive plant when it is combined with another delightful Autumn tradition: the simple, yet always gorgeous, Chrysanthemum!

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NOTE:  The above images were processed in Photoshop (TM) utilizing the Watercolor filter overlaid with the Diffuse Glow filter (using pure white as the glow color).

Last evening began…

…with a look toward the east, from my studio window…

...as a storm alert had been issued.

…as a ‘storm alert’ had been issued.

I moved to my north window and began watching the skies, as heavy clouds moved in.

I moved to my north window and began watching the skies, as heavy clouds moved in.

After a drenching but brief downpour, the weather settled a bit as the sun, almost at its northwest quadrant peak, commenced its 'end of another day' light show.

After a drenching but brief downpour, the weather settled a bit as the sun, almost at its northwest quadrant peak, commenced its ‘end of another day’ light show.

Colors warmed, from yellows to golds...

Colors warmed, from yellows to golds…

...and finally to soft pinks, softer oranges and deep umbers, signifying the first day of meteorological Spring was, indeed, a glorious day!

…and finally to soft pinks, softer oranges and deep umbers, signifying the first day of meteorological Summer was, indeed, a glorious day!

Compared to other areas, Chicago ‘got off easy’ in the last forty-eight hours, for which we should be truly thankful.

Please…remember the residents of Oklahoma City and its surrounds in your thoughts and prayers.

Their losses are painful, as they sift through rubble, seeking remnants of Life.

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!

In less than four and half hours…

…the New Year finally arrives here in Chicago!

It’s been a very sobering year for me, health-wise, and yet, an extremely exciting year, as I’ve gained so many wonderful followers…some of whom have become great friends!!!

Though thousands of miles, and different continents separate us, I wish you all the blessings I possibly can put out there for a very much more prosperous and happy 2013!

My graphic may seem a bit somber, as 2012 certainly spun by quickly, almost too quickly, but I hope you can feel the celebratory undertones in the lovely golds!

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I send you all my best regards,

and thank you all so very much…

for making this a very successful year for my work!

After all…each one of you helped, so give yourselves a little pat on the back for that!

I truly appreciate ALL of you!

This tiny tree…

…sits on the window sill of a local restaurant named “Jamaican Jerk”…I’ve had some of their food in the past, and it IS delicious!

It looks to be hand-made, and I feel it's a perfect symbol for this, the "Season of Giving"!

It looks to be hand-made; I feel it’s a perfect symbol for this, the “Season of Giving”!