A time out

As pretty as the balloons are, my eyes were becoming a little tired of looking at them so I grabbed my camera and took a walk around the pond to see, and perhaps capture, what’s going on out there.

The day lilies are pretty much finished although there are a few stragglers who are still maintaining their shape and petals.  The sunflowers and zinnias are just beginning to bud and in a few cases, flower.  We started them a little late this year so they’re lagging behind the sunflowers and zinnias in most of this area.  The goldenrod is just beginning to open up its tiny yellow flowers.  Queen Anne’s Lace has taken over large areas of the meadows (and parts of my vegetable garden).

A few weeks ago I was hanging laundry out to dry on the line when I noticed that some of the birds had already begun flocking together.  Flashing briefly through my mind was the thought, “I wonder if they think winter is coming early this year?”  This week we’ve had great gatherings of crows.  I haven’t been able to see them because they are holding their conference back in the woods, but the sound of their cawing drifts over the water and into the house.  The pond is a great conductor of sound.

It’s been a cool summer here in the Bogs.  I’m not complaining, mind you.  I enjoy cool weather.  It’s been the kind of cool that reminds me of what local people told us when we moved here:  You won’t need air conditioning.  That turned out to be untrue as we experienced summers when there were record highs beginning in May and carrying over into those hot and humid days of July and August.  There hasn’t been much of that this summer, just the occasional hot day here and there.  Rumor has it that heat and humidity will be moving in from the south to warm up our weekend.  Perhaps it will be warm enough to go for a swim.

It’s quiet here in the Bogs this morning.  As I recently tweeted, not a rooster crowing, a cow mooing, or a horse neighing.  Even the birds have silenced their songs and chatter (something that lasted no longer than it took for me to type that out).

I enjoy these short quiet spaces in life.  They don’t last long, but long enough to close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and soak in some peace before the sounds of life kick in again.

(085:  Flowers in the cattails.)


18 Comments on “A time out”

  1. BiblioMom says:

    I enjoy the quiet as well. It’s not something that I have here much with a 3 year old but I’m trying to appreciate that chatter since I know those days fly by so quickly and I will have all the silence that I want. I love the new feet avatar by the way.

    • Robin says:

      BiblioMom: Yes, those days fly by all too quickly. It’s good that you’re trying to appreciate them (and the chatter!).

      Thanks. 🙂

  2. Marcie says:

    Exquisite..extraordinary color!!!

  3. Anna Surface says:

    It has been a coolish summer for even here in mid Kansas. I like it when the birds stop suddenly all the chirping and chattering and there is a stillness almost thick. Well, anyway, got a little reflective after reading your post. LOL I like how you popped the day lily. Cool spindly spider and nice shots. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Anna.

      I thought perhaps Kansas had been warmer since your sunflowers are blooming long before ours were.

      Reflective is good. 😀

  4. Brian says:

    Such a purdy place you live in. 🙂

    I think that murder of crows was down here last week.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    Hasn’t this weather been something. We haven’t had the A/C on once. So if it’s this cool in the summer, what happens in the winter? (Inquiring minds want to know…)

  6. Beda says:

    All these were a joy, especially flowers in the cattails. Down to earth after the balloons, for sure.

  7. alittlediddy says:

    We have also had a cool summer. Spent this week in W-PA with my grandson. The weather there was at least 20 degrees cooler than ours in central PA. The forecast for us is hot & humid for the next week. Your photos captured what I experienced this past week, even seeing trees changing colors. I believe our seasons have changed since I was a young child. Love the photos Robin! D

    • Robin says:

      It’s going to be hot and humid here too, Alittlediddy. I believe the seasons have changed too. They just seem different somehow. Not that I have anything to back up that feeling/belief. Perhaps after a few years of blogging I can go back to the archives and see if there are any real changes.

      Thanks! 🙂

  8. amuirin says:

    That was a beautiful photo essay. The spider was fascinating… I wonder what kind it is. But even just the bunches of flowers look really artistic in this, that one looks like a bunch of white flowers springs from the forehead of a carpet of blossoms.

    Isn’t that how Aphrodite was born?

  9. Corina says:

    What a treat! I haven’t been out much because of our heatwave so I don’t know what is blooming locally. I haven’t seen much color but your photo essay has inspired me to get out and look for color locally.


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