Nature in Closeup

Yellow 5Yellow 2Japanese AnemoneAnt HunterLawn OrnamentsPoppy and Bees
Fungus CatchallNative Plants, British Columbia, CanadaGreen Spring GrowthMallow BlossomShadow StudyOrange Parrot
Gold and FuschiaColumbine HoodPink HeartsShooting StarOrange CrushPollen Gatherer
Illinois WildflowerScarlet ParasolSpring WorkerCatkinsStriped CrocusPale Hellebore

Nature in Closeup, a set on Flickr.

It may be March and the nominal beginning of meteorological Spring here in Illinois, but the forecast calls for more of the late-in-season snow.

This album contains macros and closeups of a variety of seasonal natural elements, from the springtime crocus to bright winter lichens.

Winter Street, Oak Park

Grove Ave, Oak Park by Petirrojo
Grove Ave, Oak Park, a photo by Petirrojo on Flickr.

There is something about the early morning light after a snowstorm, and the quietness of the empty street.

Today’s snowfall brought the most we’ve had in a single storm (it’s still snowing) so far this snow-starved winter. Maybe not as much as we had the day I shot this photo in 2006, but at least 5 inches.

I never thought that I’d be marveling such a paltry amount (for Chicago), but that’s the kind of season it’s been!