244: Beginning to feel like summerPosted: May 25, 2011
One of my favorite photographic subjects is back in the water. The rowboat often seems to have a personality, especially as it somehow slips free and floats around the pond on its own.
With both boats and the swim platform back in the water, and the umbrella and furniture back on the deck, it almost feels like summer around here. The temperature, close to 80 today, helps with that feeling.
Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.
~ Indra Devi
The water irises are starting to bloom. I’ve noticed there are some making their way up the hillside, away from the pond. They are probably confused by how boggy it is, even on the hillside.
The woods are a dark green with a damp and dank smell to them. It looks like both the mosquitoes and the poison ivy are going to flourish this year. I don’t think I’ll spend much of my summer outdoor time in the woods. Between the poison ivy and the mosquitoes, it could turn out to have uncomfortable consequences.
The humidity and the lushness of the greenery make me feel like I’m in a terrarium at times. All that’s missing is the glass.
I spent most of my outdoor time today working in the garden. The weeds are growing like, well, weeds. I am hoping to do a better job of keeping up with the weeds this year. I say that every year. Perhaps this really will be the year it happens.
I also took care of the asparagus beetles. Hand picking them from the plants was not an easy task as the beetles were not particularly cooperative. I eventually got them all which turned out to be about 15-20.
On my way back to the house I came across the injured dragonfly pictured above. Poor thing is missing a wing.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thanks for visiting!