Summer is…

…the loud buzz of a cicada, bringing back memories of summer days of childhood. Days with no agenda, no pressure of homework, nowhere I needed to go. Days ofexploring the woods to explore on my own or running through the woods to meet a friend and build a fort. Dashing through the lawn sprinkler or lying on my back watching clouds float through blue sky.

Most of my summer days now aren’t as carefree as the days of summer vacation from elementary school, but I still cherish days like today that reflect an unhurried pace that nurtures my soul.

Virginia creeper growing a crown on a post in the yard

Wandering barefoot through dewy clover in the morning, sun-warmed grass in the afternoon…

Exploring our woods, eyes open to see what’s special today…

Our woods, a beautiful tangle of green

Water striders dancing in sun sparkles on the stream…

I love watching these little creatures dance on the surface of the stream

The graceful curve of a cattail…

Cattail curves

Deer tracks in the mud– beside the stream, flowing lazily in the heat of summer…

Ferns, light against dark…

I think this is sensitive fern
Maybe hay-scented fern? I need to look these up.

A young sassafras on the forest floor…

Growing near the base of a HUGE sassafras that fell down last year

And back in our yard…

Flowers bright in sunshine…

Nasturtiums in my hanging baskets
Trumpet vine hiding under leaves

Mint growing happily around the foundation…

Grapefruit mint– I have different varieties of mint in different spots around the foundation.

and mint in my iced tea as I savor this day…

Dragon well green tea with peppermint

lying in the hammock watching clouds float through blue sky.

Hammock view

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