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).

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)!

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.

I hadn’t realized…

…that these had been planted in front of my building last Autumn…I just thought the mangy-looking grass was going to be re-seeded.

To my surprise, Tulips popped over the last two weeks, and I wondered what color they would be.

Well, I found out soon enough!

Building Tulips...in the sun

Building Tulips…in the sun…

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...and in the shade.

…and in the shade.

I have no idea of their name, but after shooting these extreme close-ups, I’ll simply call them “Blaze Tulips”!

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Wouldn't you agree...because they do look very fiery!

Wouldn’t you agree…because they do look very fire-like!

Chinatown: More Street Food

Oranges...lots of oranges!

Oranges…lots of oranges!

 

A type of Chinese Cabbage...very reasonably-priced!

A type of Chinese Cabbage…very reasonably-priced!

 

Live fish, waiting in a tank to be sold!

Live fish, waiting in a tank to be sold!

 

Cauliflower and other vegetables, bagged and displayed...ready to take home and stir-fry in the wok!  Just add rice noodles, right!

Cauliflower and other vegetables, bagged and displayed…ready to take home and stir-fry in the wok! Just add rice noodles, right!

 

I may be wrong, but this looks like some mighty fine, spice-rubbed pork shoulder...already cooked, just slice and heat!

I may be wrong, but this looks like some mighty fine, Spice-rubbed Pork Shoulder…already cooked, just slice and heat!

From my window: Sunrise…Sunset

This morning, A nice, warm glow, summoned me to my east window, and of course, I took the camera with!

This morning, A nice, warm glow, summoned me to my east window which overlooks Lake Michigan, and of course, I took the camera with!

This was the view to the north, overlooking Farcroft and the City of Evanston high-rise.

This was the view to the north, overlooking Farcroft and the City of Evanston high-rise.

N.B.:  The two images above are ‘straight from the camera’…all I did was crop them a bit.

Now is the time of year when the rising and setting sun reflect perfectly in the windows of Evanston’s tallest buildings.  It’s just barely touching the CBRE Building, (where the Chase Bank is located…the dark one above), which looked like this at sunset just four evenings ago, on the 15th:

Believe me, it is a sight to behold, and only lasts for a few minutes!  But, I do look forward to these displays, and happy I was here to catch this one, in particular!

Believe me, it is a sight to behold, and only lasts for a few minutes! But, I do look forward to these displays, and happy I was here to catch this one, in particular!