Ornamental Cabbage…

…is quite beauteous in autumnal floral displays, don’t you think?

Orn Cabbage-WM

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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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Orn Cabbage and Mums-2-WM

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Orn Cabbage and Mums-1-WM

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).

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Autumn along Morse Avenue

We’re only two and a half weeks into Autumn, so there’s not much color here in the northernmost neighborhood of Chicago, but there certainly is beauty, as proven during a short walk to the grocer’s on Tuesday.

A burst of gold was the only major color change...as the weeks move on, there'll certainly be more!

A burst of gold was the only major color change…as the weeks move on, there’ll certainly be more!

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Smallish white Roses...

Smallish white Roses

...continue to blossom in the parkways...

…continue to blossom in the parkways…

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...interspersed with the pinks.

…interspersed with the pinks.

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..and bounteous Oak leaves displayed their undersides in a breezy south wind.

..and bounteous Oak leaves displayed their undersides in a breezy south wind.

The weather has been perfect this week, with warm, sunny days followed by crisper nights.

Oh, how I wish this could go on forever!

Early Autumn Color

These over six feet high Canna plants reside in two huge pots along an entry walk to an apartment building on Eastlake Terrace here in Rogers Park.

Unlike many Cannas, these produce no evidence of flowers, but each mature leaf is approximately two and a half feet in length, and very impressive.

I found that utilizing the Canvas Texture filter in Photoshop (TM) also enhanced the sumptuous colors–see for yourselves!

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At the Emil Bach House parkway…

Leaves on the trees are yellowing...

…leaves on the trees are yellowing…

...the daisies lose color and petals in stages...

…the Daisies lose color and petals in stages…

...and the Hostas fade gracefully.

…and the Hostas fade gracefully.

As for the renovation of the 1915 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the new layer of stucco is being applied, and I’m certain there is work going on inside as well.

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A closer look:

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In certain gardens…

…it seems Summer lingers on…

...as Gardenias continue to bud...

…as Gardenias continue to bud…

...and slowly transform...

…and slowly transform…

...into full blossoms, perfuming the air...

…into full, creamy blossoms, perfuming the air…

...while orangey Hibiscus display as singles...

…while orangey Hibiscus display themselves as singles…

...or surprise the gardener as doubles!

…or surprise the gardener as brilliant, showy doubles!

The Last of Summer

How happy I am that this Summer is at an end!

The final moon of Summer, taken last night at 9:12 PM (CDT) from my studio window.

The final moon of Summer, taken last night at 9:12 PM (CDT) from my studio window.

The last sunrise of Summer, taken at 6:33 AM (CDT) this morning, also from my studio window.

The last sunrise of Summer, taken at 6:33 AM (CDT) this morning, also from my studio window.

Autumn…ah, the quiet of Autumn…arrives officially at 9:29 PM (CDT) tonight!

It’s been a horrid Summer for me, what with the invasion of bedbugs which required so much extra labor I never got much of a chance to enjoy relaxing along the shore of Lake Michigan. nor did I get much of a tan.

Every day was work, work, WORK!“think like a bedbug” and caulk and patch every single crack and crevice one could find–only to discover there were severe ‘mistakes’ (shortcuts?) taken by the carpenters who rehabbed this building some years ago, leaving HUGE gaps where moldings did not join walls and floor.

Noise from morning to late afternoon, as the gas company workers dug up streets to replace ancient gas pipes, followed by water department workers who dug up other parts of the street to replace ancient water mains.

Oh, it has been an ugly Summer for me!

I welcome Autumn with the lens cap off, clicking then processing each image, relishing the beauty of the season.

Lte Summer Grasses

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Sunflower Underside

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Fading Hosta-1 Diffuse Glow

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Autumn…so very welcome!

Almost-Autumn Hydrangeas

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Multi Hydrangea-1 Diff Glow

These subtly colored blooms were given an added treatment with the Diffuse Glow filter using pure white as the background/glow color, which also adds an overblown quality to the whites, allowing for a softer, more romantic look.

The Grain was set at “3” to give a fresher look to these very old-fashioned favorites.

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Just a note:

Although I have no knowledge as to whether any of my copyrighted images have been ‘stolen’ by others, I decided to add a watermark and process them in a smaller pixel format.

I work diligently to present fine photography to all viewers, and to have another place their name on my images is simply untoward!

You can always ask for permission in the Comments to use an image, which I usually grant as long as I am given credit.

Thank you!