244: Beginning to feel like summer

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.

Yesterday's view of the pond

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.

Rowboat at sunset

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

Water iris

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.

Another water iris

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.

Moss and flowers near the woods

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!

24 Comments on “244: Beginning to feel like summer”

  1. eva626 says:

    great photos!!! do you ride in the boat often or was it just for the picture??..the flowers color is so attractive

  2. The last picture of the boat definitely has a summer feel to it.
    Temperatures around 80 are perfect if you ask me. Unfortunately, we’re in the 90’s already.

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Water iris–how neat. Do they usually creep up out of the water, or is it just the extra boginess this year?

  4. Karma says:

    Love that last shot with the reflection. Very peaceful.

  5. I love the shots of the rowboat! You know how much I love water and boats, and these photos have an atmosphere of calm and beauty. I want to get a vintage umbrella and go sit in the boat :).

  6. terrific photos. what a lovely property you have. all that nature . . . the boat reflection is special.

  7. smileonlife says:

    I love the reflection of the rowing boat. Beautiful photographs. I feel sad for the draggonfly – what a shame.

  8. Dana says:

    Poor dragonfly, but gorgeous shot. What a quick transition from rainy days to summertime at the bogs!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Dana. 🙂

      It seems quick to me too. I feel like it wasn’t that long ago I was taking photos of snow and ice. Now here we are, almost into summer. Time has been speeding by lately.

  9. penpusherpen says:

    The rowboat photo’s are compelling, Robin, in that ‘it’ looks to be lonely and wanting to find adventure, so hence the feeling of ‘come on, lets go!!’ 😀 … Weeds grow so fast, it’s a wonder there’s space in my garden, I must, I must start to ‘pull in’ the shape again, and ‘pull up’ the weeds whilst doing so. xPenx

  10. ladyfi says:

    Summer – here already! Love that feeling of promise that the light warm days hold… That shot of the boat is magical.

  11. The iris are stunning! And poor little dragonfly guy–great photo, though!

  12. Eden says:

    All lovely, but I have to say there is something particularly inviting about the boat pics 🙂

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