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A summer song

Bringing the day
Bringing the day

When no one is watching Mother Earth, and most of the time no one is, she sings softly to herself.

~ Sharon Weil

Bearing the light
Bearing the light

I took a walk today.

Bursts of purple
Bursts of purple

You are probably thinking, “What’s special about that?”

Wondering
Wondering

Well, everything and nothing, I suppose.

The Sisterhood
The Sisterhood

I haven’t been going out for walks this week.  One bike ride.  No walks.  I would go out and stand on the porch or the deck, and call it good enough because I can see plenty from the porch or the deck without immersing myself in the heat, the humidity, and the insects.

Summer colors
Summer colors

I missed the meditative quality of my walks so it was time to suck it up, put on the anti-bug gear, and go out to see what Mother Nature has been up to.

Uplifting
Uplifting

The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.

~ Natalie Angier

Matching outfits
Matching outfits

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

~ Aristotle

Lean in
Lean in

It was a good walk.  After a few minutes I forgot about the heat.  I recently heard that there was a study involving people moving from north to south or from south to north.  People moving from north to south take about three months to acclimate.  People moving from south to north have a harder time of it, and it takes them about three years to get used to the change in climate.

I dunno.  I’ve never had any trouble adjusting to a cooler region.  Going from South Carolina to Chicago, Illinois was a piece of cake.  I felt the same about moving from Georgia to Ohio.  But I’m a cold weather kind of person, and never much cared for summer so it stands to reason that cooler climes are easier for me.  That said, I’m learning to appreciate a good sweat.  Mother Nature’s sauna is right outside my door.

Summer royalty
Summer royalty

That’s about it for today’s walk around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Thank you so much for joining me.  Let’s sneak inside and enjoy the air conditioning for a little while.

In the details
In the details

Once we’ve cooled off, we can go back out to the deck and enjoy the breeze.  The insects won’t bother us there.  The stiff breeze generally keeps them away.  Cutting back the brush has helped, too.  And we can always light a citronella candle if needed.  Oh!  And don’t forget the fireflies!!  Their happy little twinkling lights make the yard look like a galaxy filled with stars.

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Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.   🙂  And have a delightful weekend!

Nesting
Nesting

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

39 thoughts on “A summer song

  1. Love the description of the firefly lit garden Robin, sounds like an enjoyably spent evening communing with nature outside. I think I;m more of a cool temperature person myself, so good job I’m British, with our usually wet Summers. 😉 Once or twice we’ve been surprised by high temperatures but not often. This being Wimbledon fortnight you can be sure it’ll pour down.
    Have a lovely weekend, you and yours , and happy new trails still. (hopefully the colds packed and gone, or at least making plans for a quick getaway!”!) xPenx

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    1. We normally would be watching Wimbledon, Pen, but can’t pick it up here. 😦
      Thank you. 🙂 The cold is pretty much gone now and I’m feeling almost normal again. Yay!

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  2. Fireflies sound magical. I don’t believe I have ever seen them though. I’ve headed south for a few days and I’m in The Town of My Birth right now. Heading south in Australia means cooler weather, and I’m loving it! My youngest son is with me and keeps commenting on the cold air, but for me, it is very ” familiar” and feels just right. Like you, I’m a cold climate person. Have a great weekend Robin.

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  3. I loved the “matching outfits” caption – very cute. Sometimes I have to do the opposite from what you’ve described – escape from the air conditioning to the outside so I can warm up. Hubby likes it a bit chilly for my tastes!

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  4. More wonderful images to grace my screen! I’m with you this week, it has been tough to get out past the yard but my reason is the rain. At least your venture out into the heat yielded a bounty of floral images. Enjoy the weekend!

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  5. The bugs have ruined my summer walks, too. And my picture taking … they land on my objects or camera or me and bite just as I click .. darn things. The bug gear and spray is warm and stinky (I hate it), but if I don’t wear it I am bitten badly. It has been raining here for days … creating great conditions for the mosquitoes to increase in numbers (sigh).
    Brighter note … I have noticed the fireflies, too. It stays light here until after 10 pm, so you have to stay up late to see them .. but, that is what is great about summer … I can stay up as late as I want.
    I am glad you got tough and went on your walk to take some pretty pictures to share with us.

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    1. Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂 Warm and stinky describes the bug gear very well. My poor hands are taking a beating (or cutting/biting) from the deer flies. I may start wearing gloves since my hands are the only available skin left for the bugs to bite.

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  6. It gets hot & humid in the Midwest too, but it doesn’t go on forever like it does here!!! The heat and humidity is actually late here – it’s usually really bad for all of June. We’re nearly into July before it got consistently bad.

    I loved the pictures and your walk – very enjoyable.

    Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. 🙂 That’s true (about the heat and humidity in the Midwest), and also true that it doesn’t go on forever. At least we would get the occasional cool down (at night, if not during the day). I don’t think it will cool down here until October.

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  7. I let the granddaughter stay up late the other night so we could wait for the fireflies to come out…just magic!
    I’m with you on it being easier to adjust to a cooler climate. Can’t imagine ever going back to the Land of 110-degree Summer now…It’s good that you can make peace with Nature’s sauna and get out and enjoy it 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Marie. 🙂 People keep telling me that as I get older, I’ll appreciate the warm climate (the theory being that older people are always cold).

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  8. Not only did you obviously have a lovely walk, but you came back with some delightful pictures. So full of summer and hope. The second one is my favourite. Thanks for all the quotes. Very nice.

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  9. Oh, Robin, my heart goes out to you! Like you, I don’t like the heat. In fact, I guess you could say I hate it. I’m afraid I’ve never adjusted to heat–especially got burned out on it in Vietnam and Haiti–no pun intended.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy M. I’m not sure I’ll adjust to this heat and humidity, but I’m giving it a good try. It would help if I didn’t generate my own heat! lol!

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  10. It would be hard going outside in a hot, hot place. I remember feeling crazed in 90 degree heat in New York City and Georgia. Here it’s pretty cool but the darn mosquitoes are fierce. Stay cool, my friend!

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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