As the last few minutes of Autumn wind down…

…these Hostas have also decided to succumb to Winter, which officially arrives at 11:11 AM (CST), just twenty-five minutes from now!

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Winter's Hosta-5 WM

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Winter's Hosta-4 WM

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Winter's Hosta-2 WM

Happy Winter Solstice!

(Already, I can’t wait for Spring!)

As I walk the neighborhood…

…many different things catch my eye.

For instance, the other day I saw…

...a two-toned Hosta, which I turned into a watercolor...

…a two-toned Hosta, which I turned into a watercolor…

 

...a cat in a window, searching for the sun...

…a cat in a window, searching for the sun…

 

...a tree full of snowballs, which are known as Viburnum...

…a tree full of snowballs, which are known as Viburnum

 

...a swan-shaped planter with artfullly-arranged deep red flowers...

…a swan-shaped planter with artfully-arranged deep red flowers…

 

...windows with a few sad-looking broken blinds...

…windows with a few sad-looking broken blinds…

 

...and a burst of lilacs perfuming the air!

…and a burst of lilacs perfuming the air!

It’s definitely Spring here…what’s it like in your neighborhood?

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  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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

Dewy Hosta  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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

Purple Iris Buds  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com