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.
Most of my outdoor time today was spent by a large patch of jewelweed early this morning. The leaves of the plants were dotted with dew glittering in the sun. I’m not sure but I think that’s why it’s called jewelweed. Another name for it is the spotted touch-me-not. The flowers attract the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, and long-tongued bees such as honeybees and bumblebees. This morning the jewelweed was a-buzz and humming with thousands of bees.
We are having an amazingly gorgeous day here in the Bogs today. It’s not the kind of day I normally would associate with August. A cold front moved through last night, bringing heavy rains, lightning, thunder, gusty winds, and much cooler and drier weather. The sunshine is bright, the clouds rolling by have been puffy and white, and the breeze is wonderful. This is my kind of weather.
To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity.
~ Hal Borland
Although I don’t have photos of the dogwood tree from the winter months, April was such a gloomy, rainy, chilly month that it at least qualifies as being gray (as in walking “the gray Winter woods” in the quote). Posting every day has given us all a chance to see things as they unfold. I thought it would be interesting to see the unfolding in one post.
Pulchritude has to be one of the oddest words for beauty I have ever seen or heard. There are so many other words that I think say it better, and I often wonder if anyone ever uses the word pulchritude and if so, what would be the occasion for using it? It’s all a matter of perception, I suppose. There are some out there who probably adore the word pulchritude. Beauty is, they say, in the eye of the beholder.
It’s here! Spring! Everyone around here is doing a happy dance. The rain stopped, the sun came out, and the temperature made it up to about 70 degrees today. How exciting is that? It was so nice that I was able to take my bike out for another ride. That’s a grand total of 2 rides since M and I bought our bikes.