Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Last of the wildflowers to bloom

When the woodland sunflowers begin to fade and the asters blossom the end of summer is at hand.

I recently read a comment that the summer solstice should really mark "mid-summer" rather than the beginning of summer.

Red damsel fly on a plantain leaf
In thinking about the solstices and equinoxes marking the beginning of each season, I do agree with the commentator that it doesn't really fit in this northern climate.

Late season September strawberries
The spring equinox more often than not, marks for us the ending of winter and the reminder that spring WILL come eventually.  The autumn equinox seems to arrive about mid-autumn, not at the beginning. As far as the winter solstice, quite often, winter is in full swing that day.

A wet and rainy August means lush greens at the beginning of September as the asters blossom

So in a year like this, when spring seemed so late and June was cool, followed by a wet and rainy August, I'm not sure which part of summer was marked by this year's solstice. But like always, in the past year we experienced the two undeniable seasons: winter and road construction.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cosmos, agate chips, bits, and wanna-bees

A heavy rainfall last week broke a stem of cosmos. The buds keep opening in it's vase and I just keep snipping off the fading blooms.

It's even setting roots.

I added some of the Lake Superior agate chips, bits, and wanna-bees collected from my walks.  The gravel here has a good supply of these small pieces, and occasionally, larger ones. These were selected for their translucency and ability to catch the light.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Strange bug

While airing one of the sleeping bags the other day, the strangest looking bug landed on it... this is as close as I could get... have you ever seen anything like it before?

I didn't see it move or fly away, so I don't know if it stays all curvy and hump-backed like that.