It’s been a dark, dreary day…

…here in Chicago.

I spent quite a few hours digging out old caulk above my bathroom sink and around the tub.

And yes, I am tired…but not too tired to show you the beauties captured the other day in the parkway in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House!

A white Hyacinth, almost fully open

A white Hyacinth, almost fully open

Purple Hyacinth, also ready to burst open

Purple Hyacinth, also ready to burst open

Tulips, color unknown, but looking very elegant...even if they have no buds yet

Tulips, color unknown, but looking very elegant…even if they have no buds yet

Lastly, these were quite a surprise:

Peony sprouts, also color unknown (but I believe they are whitish, with a few deep red flecks), reaching for the sun

Peony sprouts, also color unknown (but I believe they are whitish, with a few deep red flecks), reaching for the sun

As we are in the last week of April, and its flower-bringing showers, I hope all you gardeners out there are also seeing some marvelous Flora…at last!

Be very careful out there!

Icy walkways require extra awareness, even if they’ve been salted!

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Even though it’s easier to see, this purple ice-melting product does guarantee the surface is free of ice!

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In just one day…

…it seems we are closer to Autumn, my favorite season.  Strong northeasterly winds have cooled the city (today’s high temp was only 72 degrees), providing great ‘sleeping weather’ for the first time in several months.  As I walked to the doctor’s office today, I found this beautiful planting…of course, it’s been run through many filters in Photoshop (TM), but the colors of autumn are what prompted me to take a shot.

Autumnal Palette

Some of you know very well I cannot resist ‘playing’.  Here it is after using the Artistic filter Paint Daubs with a ‘Sharp Wide’ brush:

Autumnal Palette–Paint Daubs

I loved what happened here… how the colors became a bit subdued, and much more detail in the shadows was emphasized.

Oh, almost forgot…Autumn officially arrives September 22nd at 9:49 AM (CDT)–I can’t wait!