Still g(r)o(w)ing strong…

…and looking splendid, don’t you think?

November’s Purple Hydrangeas

November’s Pink Hydrangeas



From an older garden…

…near the Lake Michigan shore.  The only building at this location which may have had a garden was a small lighthouse, which was demolished many decades ago.

Closed Morning Glory, Sweet Alyssum and Fallen Leaves

The Sweet Alyssum is a bit old-fashioned, as the same plant contains both purple and white flowers.

Sweet Alyssum

In a flower pot…

…in a neighboring courtyard, was this beautiful Impatiens.  There was not a “No Trespassing” sign, so I walked in and discovered not only this…

Soft Pink Impatiens

…but also this:

Potful of Rosemary Herb

There are only bits of color…

…here and there so far, but I do love the random patterns on the leaves!



The way I saw it…

…from my east window this morning.  Have a great October!

Morning Light–01OCT2012

P.S.:  This image is straight from the camera…all I did was re-size and sharpen a bit.

There are times…

…when an image just calls out, “Please…Photoshop me!”, and this was one of those times.

State Street Caladiums and Begonias–Original Image

After cropping, adjusting Levels to .81, setting Brightness at 5%/Contrast at 45% and adding Photo Filter #85 (Warming) at 27%, this was the resulting finished image:

State Street Caladiums and Begonias

But…as you know by now, I like to ‘play’…and it was one of those ‘watercolory’ type of days which I feel made the image quite perfect!

State Street Caladiums and Begonias–Digital Watercolor

Was it the wind…

…that emptied the beaches last evening?  It was blowing in at about 25 mph, with gusts to 35 mph…almost toppled me off a pier while taking shots!

Empty Beach

Or…perhaps people were afraid of the low tide?  Yes, Lake Michigan is subject to low and high tides…the result after opening the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959.  I grew up in Milwaukee WI, and never saw evidence of tides until my mid-teens.

Interestingly, at my favorite spot, this particularly low tide revealed an old boat launch; I’ve never seen this much of it in the five and a half years I’ve lived here.  Unfortunately, the boat house at this area of Leone Beach was torn down many years ago.

Low Tide–Old Boat Launch

In late Summer…

…Lake Michigan, like the sky, takes on different colors at the end of the day…a time of peace and beauty.

Leone Beach–Early Evening