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Summer beauty

The face of sunshine come to earth.
Earthly sunshine

Magic is a sudden opening of the mind to the wonder of existence.  It is a sense that there is much more to life than we usually recognize; that we do not have to be confined by the limited views that our family, our society, or our own habitual thoughts impose on us; that life contains many dimensions, depths, textures, and meanings extending far beyond our familiar beliefs and concepts.

~ John Welwood

In the field
In a field of sunflowers

Let’s go for a walk, and you can tell me all about your weekend.  Did you do anything exciting?  Or not exciting but worth a mention?  Whatever you did, I hope it provided you with a good balance of rest, relaxation, and play.

In the garden
In the garden

M and I had a lovely visit with friends in Annapolis, celebrating their wedding anniversary (40th) along with her 60th birthday and retirement.  It was a lot of fun, and it was also good for me to leave my contemplative life here at the ranch and mingle with people.

Leaning in
Leaning in

I walked out to the scrounger’s garden early this morning, and a couple of visitors arrived shortly before and after I did.

Morning bunny
Morning bunny

The rabbits, of course, are almost always out and about somewhere.  The population explosion continues with the arrival of more baby bunnies in the rain garden.

On white
On white

I was delighted to see butterflies visiting the zinnias.  Not so delighted to see the Japanese beetles (there’s one on the zinnia with the butterfly in the photo above).  I’m going to have to do something about the beetles, I suppose.  One suggestion I read was to go out early while they’re still sluggish and remove them by hand, throwing them into a bucket of soapy water.  I’m not sure I like the hands-on approach, but might give it a try tomorrow since I have no alternatives at the moment.

Hummingbird couple
Hummingbird couple.  (Look carefully near the pink flower.  Click image for a larger view.)

While watching one of the butterflies, I heard humming near my right ear.  I didn’t want to scare it off so I rolled my eyes in that direction and caught sight of a hummingbird hovering near me.  It stayed there for a few moments while its mate (I assume) checked out the flowers.  Then the two of them swooped and buzzed and hummed around the garden.

Perched on the yucca flower stalk
Perched on the yucca flower stalk

The hummingbird can help you to find joy and sweetness in any situation.  Its swiftness is always a reminder to grab joy while you can — as quickly as you can.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

Looking back
Looking back

The hummingbirds were a wonderful surprise.  I spent about a half hour with them and the butterflies.  Sometimes one of the butterflies would chase one of the hummingbirds, and when the butterflies would leave, the hummingbirds would come back.

In flight
In flight

It’s not easy to catch a hummer.  I’m hoping I will get plenty of practice now that they’ve found the flower garden.

Two for one
Two for one

morning walk
what do the butterflies bring?
things in the day sky
dreams that change your life

~ A little Search Engine Poetry from my Search Terms

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I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for this sultry Monday.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and joining me on another walk.  It’s quite overcast today so I don’t think we’ll see much in the way of a sunset, but you never know.  Join me on the porch and we’ll see what happens.  Sunset is scheduled for 8:21 PM.  You can even take a dip in the pool if you like, and watch from there.

Humming through the flowers
Humming through the flowers

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Today’s joys:  The delightful dance of butterflies and hummingbirds; flowers swaying in the breeze; sunflowers smiling on the garden; love, in all of its forms; magic, in all of its forms.

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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.

27 thoughts on “Summer beauty

  1. Wonderful! Lovely images, Robin – and you’re right, it’s definitely not easy to catch a hummingbird! Our Rufous hummers left here a couple of weeks ago, to begin their long migration south. Within a few days, our resident (non-migratory) Anna’s hummingbirds had moved back in, and they’re lovely to have around – quieter and seemingly calmer than the boisterous Rufous. They make a gentle little sound when the fly, like a balsa-wood toy plane – unlike the loud buzz of the Rufous. We love them all, noisy or quiet, of course!

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  2. Such visitors. It is the Enchanted Queendom! I love the textures you manage to capture in the photos.
    I love sunflowers. My friend had some as tall as her roof. I had 4 plants this spring. Molly ate them…salad, you know. Back to the store for sunflower seeds for the birds.

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    1. The Enchanted Queendom! I like that, PhilosopherMouse. Thank you. 🙂 The rabbits usually eat our sunflowers before they have a chance to grow up, but we managed to keep them out this year.

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  3. I love the hummingbirds, too … I have never gotten a good picture of one, though .. they dart back and forth so fast. Very hot (90’s)and humid here (+90%) .. waiting for big thunderstorm to hit tonight and hopefully bring some cool winds (I don’t have ac). There were no clouds on radar today for Minnesota, but we were beneath a low cloud of humidity all day.

    I am still wanting to see googly-eyes on your sunflowers 😉

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    1. lol, Bearyweather! I may have to draw some in for you. I hope the big thunderstorms didn’t cause too much disruption, and that it brought some cooler weather to you. 🙂

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      1. Power went out last night, lots of rain and lightening.
        But, now … Cool, breezy 72º … perfect … I can breath again. Thank you Canada air mass!

        I could mail you some real ones 😉 … wouldn’t it be great to see them smile and wink at you every day?

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  4. What amazing butterfly and hummingbird photos! And, how very special that the hummingbirds lingered so near you for such an extended time…a very special treat! Hummingbirds are considered, by some, to represent the integrity and inspiration of “the greater journey” that we’re all on. I have a crystal hummingbird hanging in one window, as an encouraging reminder of that greater journey, and live ones coming each day outside the window.

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  5. Oh my goodness, you won’t believe what I plan to post for my photos for yesterday in my 66 days of summer – a pipevine swallowtail butterfly on my zinnias! Same kind as you have here. I had the same thought yesterday- how lovely to see on the zinnias today. I wonder if we were outside taking pictures at the same time! I, however, did not get the added joy of buzzing hummingbirds as you did! What a wonderful experience that must have been for you being surrounded by these beautiful creatures all at once.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I wasn’t sure what kind of butterfly that way so I appreciate you naming it for me. I’ll be over to see your zinnias and butterflies soon.

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  6. I was so stunned by your butterfly and zinnia pictures, I forgot to ask you about the sunflowers. Is that lovely field of them on your property? That’s something I’ve always wanted to photograph – a big field of sunflowers.

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    1. They are not on our property, Karma. I would love it if they were. We passed a small field of sunflowers on our way to Annapolis over the weekend, and stopped so I could take photos on the way back. A field of sunflowers has long been on my list of things to photograph, too. A long, long time ago, when I was much younger, my husband and I traveled around Lake Michigan one summer. It’s about 1,000 miles, I think. We camped each night at a different spot, and somewhere in Wisconsin early one morning, just after the sun came up, we traveled on a road where there were fields and fields and fields of sunflowers for miles and miles and miles. It was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. I took lots of photos. A week or two after we returned home, our apartment was burglarized and the camera (with the film still inside) was one of the many things stolen. I’ve often thought about those lost photos and wonder if anyone developed them, or was the film just thrown away?

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  7. As always, outstanding pics. The ones of the butterfly are my favs. Wow … given an anniversary, retirement, and a birthday … now that’s a lot to celebrate … and with milestones to boot!

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  8. What an exquisite post, Robin. If this were your only post all month, or all year, your “purpose” is served beautifully! I love your photos of butterflies and hummers! If you do go out with the soapy water, have a lid for your container. I used a gallon jug with the top cut out when I picked Japanese Beetles last week. I pruned off the roses they were eating, and dropped the whole deal into the jug. And those wily beetles climbed/ swam to the surface and tried to fly away! I don’t want to touch them either, but just used the pruners to cut away wherever they were perched- then covered the container and left it overnight. Nasty business… Thank you for the beautiful morning walk around your garden! WG

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  9. Karma sent me.

    Greetings from the damp Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.

    Love the Butterflies and Hummers (and I do NOT mean the cars!) 😉

    Thanks for the lovely walk.

    Peace.

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