Arrangements…

…in the key of Winter.

Here are the originals, straight from the camera, as taken last Friday at the entrance of The Breakers on Sheridan Road, where my doctor’s office is located.

The lighting is sodium vapor, which does nothing for the colors–so I knew this would be a fun project!

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After taking a good, long look at them, I began by flipping a few, then processing in Photoshop (TM) and giving them a final touch of the Diffuse filter, using pure white as the Background color.

Hope you like the results!

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What better way could there be to spend a ‘freezy-beezy’ afternoon?

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Monday’s Roses

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These have been processed with the ‘Diffuse Glow’ filter in Photoshop (TM), also utilizing a pure white background (Glow) color.

The result?

Very romantic, I feel!

Yesterday’s surprises

Sunup, over the clouds at 8:26 AM (CDT)

Sunup, over the clouds at 8:26 AM (CDT)

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Next door, at the Shambhla Meditation Center, the landscaper had just planted these yellow Pansies...

Next door, at the Shambhala Meditation Center, the landscaper had just planted these yellow Pansies

...and deep purple Balloon Flowers, which may not survive a sure-to-come frost

…and deep purple Balloon Flowers, which may not survive a sure-to-come frost

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Further on were pale purple Crocus, which I photographed just several days ago...when the tiny blue Star Flowers were nowhere in sight

Further up the street were pale purple Crocus, which I photographed just several days ago…when the tiny blue Star Flowers were nowhere in sight

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As I neared my destination, the train station, another neighbor had been busy during the weekend…planted these romantic pale pink Pansies!

08APR2013 Soft Pink Pansies

Oh, yes!

Spring has finally arrived!

I wouldn’t say it’s officially Winter…

…but the City of Evanston has already decorated their street planters in a wintry, cheery holiday style, don’t you think?

Evanston Street Planter, Winter 2012

Drinking lots of coffee…

…so I can stay awake to watch election returns tonight, and feeling a bit patriotic, as I already voted a week ago Friday.  Just thought I’d present a few flags of the United States of America…to get in the mood.  You may hum “America the Beautiful” as you see fit!

Flag in a flower pot, outside my building

Flag at Lake Shore Nursing and Rehab facility, across the street and also the local polling place

The lake winds have left this flag in tatters…it is only two years old!

Flag in the lobby of the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago’s Loop