A walk around the meadowsPosted: June 26, 2012
I thought I’d give us all a break from how I spent my vacation, and post a few shots from home. The weather has been so beautiful here the past couple of days. Summer is going full force in terms of the flowers blooming. It’s almost as if someone hit the fast-forward button. Plants that normally bloom in July and August are blooming now, at the end of June.
The monarchs have found the milkweed. The bees have found it too. It’s interesting to watch as a butterfly comes up and, using its wings, flicks the bees off the flowers. Brave butterflies.
There are all kinds of little critters living in the meadows, enjoying the flowers and leaves. No sign of the Japanese beetles or praying mantises yet. In the evening, the meadows are filled with the sparkling lights of the fireflies. It’s something I wish I could capture with my camera, but like capturing today’s wind, the image I want won’t happen in the camera.
I’m less than one hundred days away from finishing my year long challenges of a daily yoga practice and to go pescetarian. I’ve been thinking about going all out in August by eliminating dairy from my diet for that one month. I’ve been practicing by having a couple of dairy-less days each week.
I would eliminate fish and other seafood as well, but since I don’t eat much of it except while traveling, I’ll leave it for now. Sometimes it’s the best option. That was especially true in the Canadian Maritimes where it wasn’t always easy to find a restaurant open for business, much less a vegetarian or vegan meal. I think that’s the only down side of going there off season.
M and I are getting ready to go on another road trip. We’ll be leaving on Saturday morning, sometime after the housesitter gets here. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to spending more time in a car. (Have I mentioned we put over 2400 miles on the rental car?? In sixteen days??) That said, it will be nice to visit with family so I’ll stop complaining. Besides, my intention for today is Gratitude. I’m grateful we have a car, can afford to gas it up, have the physical ability to take a road trip, and that we have family to visit. That’s a much better attitude, don’t you think?
If you’re interested in a photo challenge, Bearyweather recently issued one: Find a Face in Nature. Have a look at her post, grab your camera, and get outside to see what you can find. There are faces everywhere if you know how to look for them. And don’t forget Karma’s June Photo Hunt. You still have a few more days to participate in that as well. I’ll have my posts for both (each?) up soon.
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for visiting and joining me on a walk around the meadows. Mowing the meadows late in the winter season has produced more flowers this year. The Black-Eyed Susans in particular are doing well, and spreading their happy way across the wildflower meadow. The paths are all recently mowed so it’s an easy walk down to the meadows if you want to have a look at the flowers, or listen to the sound of the wind rustling in the grasses and flowers. If the wind settles down, you might even hear the honeybees buzzing around. It’s a lovely, lively sound (if you’re not afraid of bees).
We’ll be having drinks on the deck this evening. I’ll save you a seat. 🙂
- 41 Day 137 – Fields of Flowers (lucygutteridge.wordpress.com)
- Going Wild (philhirstgardens.wordpress.com)