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Fading

Sunset clouds fading away
Sunset clouds fading away

Let me enjoy this late-summer day of my heart while the leaves are still green and I won’t look so close as to see that first tint of pale yellow slowly creep in.  I will cease endless running and then look to the sky and ask the sun to embrace me and then hope she won’t tell of tomorrows less long than today.  Let me spend just this time in the slow-cooling glow of warm afternoon light and I’d think I will still have the strength for just one more last fling of my heart.

~ John Bohrn, Late August

Long shadows as daylight fades
Long shadows as daylight fades

It’s Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer here in the U.S.

Still brilliant
Still brilliant

The cherry trees are loosing their leaves already.  The sumac is changing over from flowers to berries, the leaves turning a brilliant shade of red that stands out against a background of greens.

Looking down
Looking down

The sunflowers are beginning to droop and fade, nearing the end of their season.  Now that they’re going to seed, the birds will enjoy them for a while longer.

Yesterday evening on the dock
Yesterday evening on the dock

The marsh grasses are taking on a hint of yellow.  The sounds are different now, too.  The summer birds are quiet, or have left already.  The breeze moving through the trees has a drier sound to it, reminding me of the rustle of autumn leaves.

Evening blush
Evening blush

Summer isn’t finished with us yet.  After a week of dry and pleasant weather, we’ll be heating up again here on the Eastern Shore, and back into the 90’s by early next week.  There is still time to swim in the ocean and plant your bare feet in the sand on the beach.

Evening glow
Evening glow

I’m glad September will be arriving soon.  It’s one of my favorite months.  After the heat of August, it’s a relief to know we’ll be gradually sliding into the moderate days of autumn when we can open the windows and let the fresh air blow through the house.  September’s light and shadows are softer, relieving the eyes after the harsh glares of August.

Fading sunlight in a thicket
Fading sunlight in a thicket

September is about endings, but I’ve always felt it also brings a sense of beginnings and renewal as well.  Of course that would be true, wouldn’t it?  All endings are a beginning of some kind.

Sunset in the woods
Sunset in the woods

When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool autumn.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the Woodland Trail
On the Woodland Trail

Thank you for stopping by today, and taking a short sunset stroll with me.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  We have friends joining us here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  They should be arriving anytime now.  It will be fun to share the weekend with them.  We haven’t made any plans because who knows what we might want to do?  We could go to the beach or go for a hike or just hang out here at the ranch.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Painting the sky.  (A little fun with textures.)
Painting the sky. (A little fun with textures.)

I do think we’ll end up at the Point for sunset this evening.  You’re welcome to join us.  Sunset has been moved to 7:37 PM.  Be there about twenty minutes before that so you don’t miss any of Mother Nature’s show.

A web at sunset
A web at sunset

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

End of day
End of day

Today’s joys:  The coolness of morning; slow walks; anticipation; enjoying the fruits and vegetables of late summer; lengthening shadows.

 

Author:

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.

11 thoughts on “Fading

  1. Your opening quote from Late August touched my heart! That’s how I feel at this time of year – a bit of mourning for me. Lovely photos; I especially love the rose. No big plans here. Taking it easy and hoping for weather that allows me to enjoy the last of the August sunshine.

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  2. Love “long shadows” and “evening blush” and “painting the sky.” I am so not ready for summer to be over..but I know fall is your favorite, so I’m happy for you! I’m going south to AL for the weekend, very early flight tomorrow so I have to move along…but wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog and your photos!

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  3. I have to admit to being relieved that this summer is ending. It’s been a rough one and seemed to drag on forever. Your textured shot was truly delightful! My plans for the weekend are to stay close to home and I look forward to some travel once the weather cools off and the tourists go home… 😀 Hope you enjoy your visit and visitors!

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  4. Something to think about indeed.
    the photos you posted here capture the light so well (loved the one of the rose; my personal favourite in this batch).
    the initial quote is so perfect for my mood and what is happening outside at the moment.
    Actually the weather forecasts are saying that next week we will “return to summer with higher temperatures again”
    My soul and turning nature are saying something a little different.
    maybe an “Indian summer”?
    best wishes.

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  5. Always an inspiration to look at your blog! Love the quotes today as well — Yeats and Emerson and Bohrn. Have a great weekend!

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  6. I love the painting effect ! And unofficial end is right, it better NOT end ! We (okay ME) am not ready for it to end. Though I love fall….I think we are cheated out of fall most years. So summer can just darn well stay a bit. 🙂

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  7. The autumn colors seemed to have popped up over night here. Fall is my favorite time of year to be outside .. cool, no/few bugs, beautiful colors and smells … Just wish school did not interfere with my enjoyment of it all. 😉

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