After spending several hours…

…catching up on comments and e-mails (and almost burning three eggs I was hard-boiling!), I wanted to show you more of Sunday’s wet…

...Canna leaves, the first.

Canna leaves, the first.

 

...Canna leaves, the second.

Canna leaves, the second.

 

...pink Poenies, bending from the rains.

…pink Peonies, bending from the rains.

 

...tiny Lilacs, the first.

…tiny Lilacs, the first.

 

...tiny Lilacs, the second.  Each flower is barely a quarter of an inch across!

…tiny Lilacs, the second.

Each flower is barely a quarter of an inch across!

...flag.  No longer able to proudly wave, this flag remained draped over its pole damply.

…flag. No longer able to proudly wave, this flag remained damply-draped over its pole.

 

...outdoor cafe, where the coffee-lovers normally spend their Sundays reading newspapers and relaxing.

…outdoor cafe, where the coffee-lovers normally spend their Sundays reading newspapers and relaxing.

 

N.B.:  This group of images was given a subtle final treatment with the “Artistic-Plastic Wrap” filter in Photoshop (TM).

Though I normally shy away from this filter, it helped emphasize the standing water droplets quite well.

Sunday afternoon’s wet…

...waning Lilacs

…waning Lilacs.

 

...pink blossoms

…pink blossoms.

 

...young oak leaves

…young oak leaves.

 

peachy-looking Iris blooms

…peachy-looking Iris blooms.

 

...and the wettest of all, these Daylily leaves!

…and the wettest of all, these Daylily leaves!

Everything was damp and glistening on this cold, first Sunday of June here in Rogers Park!

Everything was damp and glistening on this cold, first Sunday of June here in Rogers Park!

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?

Lilacs…

…almost!

(with the Ocean Ripple filter)

(with the Ocean Ripple filter)

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(with the Watercolor filter)

(with the Watercolor filter)

…near a green door!

Lilacs and Green Door-Watercolor(with the Watercolor filter)

…and, at the local tailor shop!

(with no filter at all, just a lot of adjustments in Selective Color)

(with no filter at all, just a lot of adjustments in Selective Color, and heavy use of Burning and Dodging)

More signs of the early Spring

28MAR2012-Lilacs  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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.