Monday, July 21, 2008

the midsummer pause

The cicadas started to sing a few days ago...six weeks till frost.
Taking some time to pause, and notice summer in her finest moments...

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This years fawn is sleek. Hard to tell if it is a buck or a doe yet. Is that a small bump I see at the base of the ear? Is it a buck?
The buckmoon is waning. Always a puzzler for me, buck moon..... seems like that should be during our hunting season, but if you think like a native American Indian, you will understand.

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The bees carry yellow saddlebags of pollen. They remind me that I have to pack for a trip away from home.

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In the morning, the pond lily opens...
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reminding me to notice the fullness of these midsummer days. If you don't pause to notice...you may miss something...

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10 comments:

judy said...

Beautiful!

Valerie said...

Gosh, it's just 6 weeks since our last frost here in Michigan!! I'd never heard that cicada forecast before. But fortunately I haven't heard any yet this summer.....except for the gazillion of the ones down at Penland in early June.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a lovely pause. Aaahhhhh...

I hope you will be away from home for fun purposes and all is well and good at your place.

pacalaga said...

Wonderful. Cicadas here sing all summer - the first cicada means 6 MONTHS till frost here!

Judy said...

I could have done without the 6 week part but the rest I agree with. If you don't take a rest you tend to fall over from exhaustion....and the blackberry, elderberry, tomato, bean, corn and potatoes will be ready in no time so we have to be ready for that.

knitting dragonfly said...

Enjoyed your pictures, hot here also.
Vicki

Joanne said...

Wow, those are perfect perfect summer photos! Thank you. The cicadas actually are on full tilt because the 17 year cycle cicadas are out as well as the other varieties. (yes, I am married to a biologist who deals with bugs.) They were downright crunchy and everywhere when we travelled east to West Virginia earlier this summer. I don't konw if it predicts frost, but they certainly are plentiful this year!

Beth S. said...

Your tribute to summer is lovely. :-) But I must confess I am really looking forward to that first frost! I love the fall... summer mostly just makes me tired, hot, and cranky. ;-)

Cady May said...

the frog is so juicy looking, it makes you want to kiss him, doesn't it? (that didn't come out like it was meant, but I think you get it)I noticed, too, that insects changed their voices this week, and I am so much farther south than you! also noticed they stop singing around 1:00 am instead of 2:00, and the cardinals are "winter wooping" as the sunflowers ripen.

vanessa said...

your photos leave me breathless.

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