258: Slowing down, easing up

(Drooping in the heat.)

It is a hot and humid day here in the Bogs.  Sultry.  The humidity is so thick that the air is hazy and lenses (camera or glasses) will fog up.  It is the kind of day to take it slow and take it easy.

The flowers in the sky (hot air balloons) are making regular appearances again, usually around sunrise or sunset.    That’s when the breeze dies down, near sunrise and sunset.  I’m guessing that makes for better flying (floating?) conditions.  I wonder if it’s cooler up there in the sky than it is down here on the ground.

Last night's sunset

Back to the heat.  And humidity.  I am not a fan.  Nope.  Never was.  I am a cool-weather gal.  Heat and humidity make me lethargic.  It’s a backwards version of SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder).

Drooping in the heat. The sepia version.

Normally on a day like today I would stay indoors, turn on the air conditioning when I couldn’t stand the heat anymore, and not give a thought to the great outdoors.  However, there is weeding to be done in the garden and a commitment I have to meet to get outdoors so out I went.  Into the breach, to paraphrase and borrow from Shakespeare.

Bittersweet nightshade. Found near the cattails at the back of the pond.

I took it slow.  I took it easy.  I strolled around the pond at a leisurely pace, in no hurry to get from Point A to Point B until the deer flies and mosquitoes showed up to keep me company.  Thankfully the breeze came along and chased them off, and I was able to resume my slow and easy walk.  The insect repellent helped as well.

Weeds in the asparagus bed

Once around the pond and then it was up to the garden to do a little weeding.  I took my time, working on the asparagus bed for a little while and then moving on to the plot with the tomatoes.  Everything is growing well, including the weeds (as usual).  Several weeks ago it seemed as if Spring was moving in slow motion, the plants and flowers slowly growing and blooming.  Now it’s as if someone hit the fast forward button.  The plants and trees are having big, hurried growth spurts.  They obviously don’t mind the heat and humidity.

Today's view of the pond from the shade of the purple maple

There is no shade in the garden since we had to have the old elm trees cut down (they died of Dutch Elm disease; you can read about that here and here — the second link is probably the better one as it is a tribute to the trees).  After having the sun beat down on me for a while, the best thing to do was seek some shade.

Branches draped across the path

Under a tree, in the shade, is the best place to be if you’re going to be outdoors today.  After the heat of full exposure to the sun, the shade is cooling.  The breeze is refreshing.

Looking up into the old maple tree

I sat in the softness of the grass, under the old maple, and stared up at the leaves dancing in the breeze.  It was a good place to rest and relax.  To slow down and ease up.

Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree.  He doesn’t eat much and doesn’t read much, but listens well and is a most gracious host.

~ Astrid Alauda

Finding sunlight in the shade of an old oak tree


32 Comments on “258: Slowing down, easing up”

  1. As far back as I can remember, we haven’t had much of a Spring – we go very quickly from Winter into Summer. The only reason I’m happy to be at work today is because of the air conditioning (I don’t have it at home)! I’m sad to think about the rest of my family – those poor little guys – sitting there in the heat! It is definitely a good day to do things slowly! Wonderful hot air balloon! I’ve never seen any around here, I think the closest festival (next month) is about 45 minutes away.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Holly. 🙂

      Your comment makes me wonder about spring going right into summer, and if it’s been that way for the past few years. I’ll have to look back on the past few years of blogging and see.

  2. Eden says:

    I like the vignette you gave the hot air balloon. And that little blue flower is lovely.

  3. I’m not sure I ever require a reason to take it slow and easy… lol… I’m glad you had reason to though, as you sure captured some stunning shots…

  4. judithhb says:

    Lovely photos once again – I particularly like the weeds in the asparagus bed – just flowers in the wrong place.
    It’s winter here dragging on to the shortest day. Today’s temperature is 16*C/60*F. So it is chilly. But the sun is shining, Lotte is asleep and all is well with the world.
    Thanks for sharing part of your life with us.
    Judith

    • Robin says:

      Your chilliness sounds good, Judith. 🙂

      It’s the flowers on the weeds that often make it difficult for me to pull them. They always look so pretty. That’s what makes me a terrible gardener.

  5. I’m not a fan of the heat and humidity either Robin, but love to take refuge under the shade of a beautiful tree on a hot summer’s day, such as you did under your magnificent maple. I’m thoroughly enjoying our cooler weather right now and the garden is full of colourful flowers. Very pretty. Although snow would be a nice change! 🙂

    Your pond views are amazing and always changing. Just beautiful!

  6. It’s been miserably hot here, as well! Good for you for getting out in the heat and humidity. The sunset photo is stunning!
    Kathy

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      It’s probably hotter where you are than here, since you’re south of me. It’s gonna be a long summer, I think.

  7. Bo Mackison says:

    Cooler weather is on its way. But a shade tree is perfect til it cools.

  8. lynnekovan says:

    We’re having a ‘cold snap’ here in Surrey UK. I mean it! There was some ground frost in the north. I think I should like to join you under the maple tree with my book and cherries. Lovely post!

  9. dragonfae says:

    Lovely photos as usual!

    I detest heat and humidity … and age is not my friend in this. I swear I’ve gotten much worse the last 4 or 5 years.

    As far as whether air is cooler higher up? Usually it is … you normally can drop off a few degrees for each 1000 feet. But if there is an inversion layer, it will be hotter higher up. Those days were nasty days for flying since the plane we used didn’t have A/C.

  10. ladyfi says:

    Oh my goodness – that first shot and that magical balloon! Just amazing photography.

  11. comingeast says:

    Love your photos, especially of the shade under the trees. I remember every summer our family drove from Connecticut to Dayton, Ohio, to visit my grandparents and cousins. I remember how oppressively hot it was sometimes. Loved those vacations. Seeing family was better than Disneyland!

  12. Love, love, LOVE the daisies (in color!!)… and the blue-eyed grass (last photo)

  13. penpusherpen says:

    lovely following you into the breach,. … and standing under the shade of the Maple tree. I think I’ll stay a while.
    Sigh!! 🙂 xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I hope you enjoyed your time under the Maple tree, Pen. In case you still happen to be there, day dreaming and enjoying the breeze, can I get you anything? 🙂

  14. bearyweather says:

    Love your droopy wet daisy pict. Glad to see you adopt those unloved flowers (weeds).
    “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” ~A.A. Milne

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      Love the quote. I can’t bear (no pun intended) to pull the pretty weeds. Crabgrass is about the only thing I recognize most of the time, and even that can look pretty once it goes to seed. But I do pull it. And have been known to replant the flowers.

  15. starbear says:

    Fast forward… great description of the bursting out of everything… it was steamy here, too, and I spent the steamy days at work in the Library, no great photo ops.. of nature, anyway. Steamy enough on Wednesday for tornado warnings, not watches… then this am – 34F at 4:30am…
    Enjoyed your steamy walk in the woods… bug free for us viewers! Not true in the woods here…LOL! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Love your flowers and all your shades of green. The blue flower is still my favorite!


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