A walk around the meadows

Wisteria vine in the old doorway

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.

Today’s view of the pond

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?

Even the Queen of Summer bows to the wind

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).

Three sisters in the meadow

We’ll be having drinks on the deck this evening.  I’ll save you a seat.  🙂

A light in the woods


24 Comments on “A walk around the meadows”

  1. Bo Mackison says:

    Your flowers are gorgeous this time of year, and your photography is really showing them off to their full potential. How lovely!

  2. Oh, I LOVE the black-eyed Susans. Is that what they are? What are the pink ones that look similar–gorgeous? Congrats on your progress with the yoga challenge, Robin! You are doing so well!

    • Robin says:

      Those are purple coneflowers (echinacea) which should be more purplish, but ours always look a little washed out. Too much sun, maybe.

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

  3. dadirri7 says:

    wonderful photos robin, more please ….. flowers, butterflies, bugs, just beautiful 🙂

  4. ~mimo~ says:

    Just beautiful! I like that you changed your photo to flip flops 🙂

  5. I love the idea of becoming a pescetarian! That would fit with my lifestyle perfectly. I love your pictures, especially the Queen of Summer, and would love to join you for a drink on your deck! 🙂

  6. Karma says:

    Thank you for the photo hunt mention! I’ll look forward to seeing what you’ve decided on for your shots.
    I love the butterfly photos! I’m still waiting to get some butterfly shots this year – the butterfly bushes are just getting going, so I suspect I’ll have some opportunity soon.
    The texture you’ve shown on the fuzzy bumblebee is beautiful and the view of the Queen Anne’s lace is just lovely.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      I’ve been thinking of planting some butterfly bushes near the milkweed and starting a butterfly garden. I’ll have to work up the gumption. The critters have been eating everything this year and it’s made me want to give up gardening.

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    You have a way of capturing the season. Love the monarch pics.

  8. Love that Queen Anne’s Lace shot!
    I’ll take you up on that drink – is there a pallet on the floor for the Little One to sleep on? 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      Of course there is a pallet for the Little One! I’m a grandma, too. There’s also a small table, small chairs, toys, paper, crayons, paints, and sidewalk chalk on the screened-in porch. The Little One is welcome to help herself. 😀

  9. […] haven’t seen many butterflies yet this summer – but some lovely photos over at Robin’s place have me hoping I will see them soon.  My butterfly bushes are just beginning to […]

  10. milkayphoto says:

    Safe travels, Robin!

    Yes, the flowers do seem to be way ahead of themselves now, don’t they? Our daylilies, which we usually enjoy the first weeks of July will certainly be done and gone by then. Sigh. The butterflies are out and about here as well but I’ve never witnessed them swatting away the bees! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that.

    The Queen Anne’s Lace image is lovely, tho it compels me to want to whisk off the “angel thread”. (But that’s just my perfection streak rearing its ugly head! 😉 )

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tracy. 🙂

      I never really thought about it until I read your comment but I’m a perfectionist in most areas of my life. Photography, especially nature photography, seems to be the exception although I hadn’t noticed it before now. I like those little imperfections — a nibble out of a leaf, some asymmetry (which drives my husband a little crazy and he wonders why I do it), a dust mote, or a curled petal. I can’t see well enough to see some of those things when I take a photo, and so they often appear as little surprises when I look at the images on screen. The “angel thread” is a good example. I had no idea it was there until I looked at the photo on my monitor, and I was delighted I’d captured it. I’m pretty sure my husband (and maybe most others) would agree with you, though. He’d have whisked that off first too. Or Photoshopped it out.

  11. Dana says:

    Are we already that close to finishing off another year of challenges? How have you found the transition to pescatarianism so far? Dairy is another beast altogether, but a one-month stint without it should be doable, especially if you set your mind to it. I can attest to the difficulty of eating out, especially in off seasons. Lucky for you that you could eat the seafood in the Maritimes! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Almost finished, Dana. It’s been a good year. I had a few slips early on when it comes to meat, but I am now at the point where I’ll say, “I’m going to order the burger!” defiantly, and then when the waiter or waitress comes around, I order a vegetarian dish. I can’t bring myself to order anything with meat in it. I am glad I kept fish and seafood on the plate, especially because of the off season in the Maritimes. We’d have been living on deep fried food, including poutine without the gravy, and prepackaged stuff. Probably would have felt pretty awful, too.

      Dairy is my nemesis. I figure if I can do the occasional dairy-free month, I’m good. 🙂

  12. Pat Bean says:

    Fantastic photos all, and I never get tired of seeing the pond.

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