From my window: Saturday morning bonus

Last evening’s sunset was, I feel, the most spectacular I’ve photographed in the almost-six and a half years I’ve lived here.

What do you think?

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The tall church spire is approximately three miles away (as the crow flies)...and my little Nikon did its best, with a bit of help from Photoshop (TM)!

The tall church spire is approximately three miles away in downtown Evanston (as the crow flies)…and my little Nikon did its best, with a bit of help from Photoshop (TM)!

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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.

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!