The Lowly Dandelion

Yes, most people consider the "Daisy-dine" (as my youngest son called them so may years ago) a pesky weed...

Yes, most people consider the “Daisy-dine” (as my youngest son called them so many years ago) a pesky weed…

...any loving mother, whose toddler has presented her with even just one...

…any loving mother, whose toddler has presented her with even just one…

...will feel she's received the most beautiful flower in the world!

…will feel she’s received the most beautiful flower in the world!

I know I did!!!

I know I did!!!

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Searching and searching…

…on my mile and a half walk in the cold today, all I could find were these Crocus, at two different places.

Cheerful Yellows!

Cheerful Yellows!

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Brilliant Whites and a few Deep Purples!

Brilliant Whites and a few Deep Purples!

And, at a different place, tiny, hardy Snowdrops!

Seven Pure White Snowdrops!

Seven Pure White Snowdrops!

The flowers are trying, really trying to grow…but the Canadian air sweeping down is So.  Very.  Cold!

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.

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!

Yellow and orange and more yellow, oh my!

Two blocks to the north of my building is the Emil Bach house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1915.  In Spring, the front garden is a riot of tulips, but now it looks like this:

 

 

 

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