It’s been a week of storms…

…and hot weather here, with some beautiful images taken from my windows.

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There have been some wondrous sunsets…

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…and I managed to capture a beauty of a beginning twilight.

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I’ve been extremely busy trying to get mundane things done during this steamy weather…it tires me so that I must lay down for a short nap in the afternoons, then awake groggily only to try and sleep again a few hours later.

Sleeping in ‘shifts’ is not my forte!

In addition, we had a power outage late Wednesday afternoon for about an hour and a half, which gave me the opportunity to walk over to the next street and see how the apricot-colored Lilies were coming along.

Here are a few…you be the judge!

Of course, I had to apply some of Photoshop's filters...this is Watercolor.

Of course, I had to apply some of Photoshop’s filters…this is Watercolor.

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Poster Edges

Poster Edges

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Fresco

Fresco

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Vertical Grain

Vertical Grain

Sumi-e

Sumi-e

Shooting these helped bring me out of my ‘funk’, and after working it, the last image will become a 24″ x 30″ painting!

After last evening’s glorious sunset…

...the temperature, which had been around 88 degrees F., had suddenly dropped over thirty degrees!

…the temperature, which had been around 88 degrees F., had suddenly dropped over thirty degrees!

 

This morning, it was 55 degrees F. at hal past 5:00 AM, when I awoke to rain, fog, and a chilling north wind!

This morning, it was 55 degrees F. at half past 5:00 AM, when I awoke to rain, fog, and a chilling north wind!

 

Breakfast time, and what better way to ward off the chill than a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, with fresh blueberries and a good-sized dollop of Greek yogurt!

Breakfast time, and what better way to ward off the chill than a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, with fresh blueberries and a good-sized dollop of Greek yogurt!

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I hope your weather is greater than this, a typical June day here in Chicago!

Though here and there…

…a late Daffodil blooms…

Late Daffodil

…the first week of June has brought the first of Summer’s beauty!

The first Hosta blossoms I've come across

The first Hosta blossoms I’ve come across

A Hosta stalk, its blossoms still hidden

A Hosta stalk, its blossoms still hidden

This Hosta stalk has made a bit more progress

This Hosta stalk has made a bit more progress

Wednesday evening, though it had begun to rain, I took a short walk to a nearby courtyard I had never entered and found these beauties among a wide variety of other Flora:

Pale Pink Roses

Pale Pink Roses

Deeper Pink Roses

Deeper Pink Roses

Salmon-colored Roses

Salmon-colored Roses

They’re all a bit late in blooming, due to a cold and somewhat wet, cloudy Spring…but it’s only two more weeks until Summer officially begins, at 12:04 AM (CDT) on the 21st of June–the Summer Solstice…and perhaps our Chicago weather will warm up some before then?!?

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!

Sure signs…

…that it truly is Spring, even if today was cold, windy, and extremely ugly!

Leaf buds, reflected on a car's rear window

Leaf buds, reflected on a car’s rear window

Looking up toward the clouds, there are more leaf buds!

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Here’s a closer look!

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Another sure sign?

The lilac bushes at the corner have begun to set leaves...

The lilac bushes at the corner have begun to set leaves…

...and the Spring rains will hopefully assure us of wonderful amounts of sweet-smelling lilacs this year!

…and the Spring rains will hopefully assure us of wonderful amounts of sweet-smelling lilacs this year!

Hopefully!?!

Today’s walk in misty showers

Days like today are supremely enjoyable…warm and Spring-like before noon!

After two days of thunderstorms, this morning there was a medium fog and wet streets…the perfect time to photograph, as the colors are deeper.

In the parkway in front of the Emil Bach House, I found these dead Hosta…in strangely captivating, ‘returning-to-earth’ tones.

They brought to mind Miss Havisham and her wedding cake in Dickens’ “Great Expectations”.

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Here’s a closer look at this one; I prefer the composition here, but had to first let you view the whole:

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Just next door is Cat’s Cradle Bed and Breakfast, where I found a good angle to capture raindrops!

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About three blocks up, in an alleyway, was this HUGE puddle, reflecting a large tree.  I rotated the image, because I felt it needed to be really looked at:

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A very gray day, indeed…within an hour of returning, the temperature dropped and it began snowing–TWO seasons in one day!

Well…that’s Chicago!