This seems to be my central theme this summer — uninspired. For the first time in several years, I have had a slow summer where I’ve had time to relax. Rather than use that time wisely, I seem to have fallen into a lazy, selfish slump with an “I don’t care” attitude. How very unusual for me!
My husband claims I am having my midlife crisis. Lol I think that claim is merely retribution because I accused him of the same thing last fall when he planned an expensive spur-of-the-moment vacation. 😉
Regardless of the cause, my blog has been a bit neglected as a result. I simply could not think of a single thing that seemed worth sharing here over the last month.
After looking through my WordPress reader this morning and seeing the blogs listed below, I decided to whip out my old Canon camera and search for inspiration. If you are interested in great photography, encouraging thoughts, and/or interesting info (about photography, nature, famous landmarks, etc.), check out these blogs:
Dusting off my camera and playing for far too long on PicMonkey.com has enabled me to present you with a summertime photo gallery. I hope you enjoy!
We’ve been blessed with several pop-up showers this summer. Today the clouds passed us by, and it was too hot for the joggers and the “Pokemon Go” players to fill up the park.
“Legion of Honor” marigolds are supposedly a dwarf plant, but they are still over knee high!
Bumblebees and honeybees were buzzing all around my garden, but I only managed to capture one in a photo.
There were no monarchs in my neighborhood this year, so I let the milkweed bugs take over the plants. The nymphs of these bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) love to cuddle in groups on the seed pods of the milkweed plants.
“Suyo Long” cucumbers are wonderful and easy to grow. The cucumbers are burpless, never have bitter skins, and grow to 18 inches long. You can buy seeds for these from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Treasures are hidden among the greenery! To me, eating melons (and sugar snap peas) is the best part of gardening! One of my favorite melons is a honeydew type called “Boule d’Or (Golden Perfection);” seeds for it can also be purchased from rareseeds.com in the link above.
Our poor chickens are about to melt in the triple-digit temperatures this summer. Can you see the optical illusion of the long-legged hen on the left? It’s actually two chickens! Let me show you…
The bantam Silkie/Cochin mix hen likes to perch on the water bucket.
A large Wyandotte/Easter Egger mix hen provided the long legs for the first photo.
This Leghorn mix got a unique “hairstyle” because of her stubbornness. In 2014, she refused to get out of the older hens’ favorite nest box and got her scalp peeled back by a dominant hen. With a little super glue, raw honey, and several weeks of care, we had her patched up. Unfortunately, the super glue didn’t work long to seal the wound. The skin on her head regrew, complete with new feathers. Strangely, the flap of skin lived as well, forming a unique pom-pom on her head.
I researched this cheerful vine-like weed that grows in the shade around our property. It’s called a dayflower, or Commelina plant.
Here’s another dayflower from the side. The chicken pen has never looked lovelier! ha ha
Here’s an ant’s-eye view under a bush in the yard. I often find that beautiful things are “hiding” all around me, if I look closely enough.
The dragonflies are thick this year! I finally managed to snap a photo of one that paused on a bush.
As you can see, I experimented with framing the photos today. Do you think the frames enhance or take away from the photos? Are certain ones better than others? If you wish, you can compare these photos to a spring gallery I did last year without frames. You can also compare them to an early spring gallery of garden seedlings, which is presented in a tiled format. Which do you prefer? Please let me know in the comments below!