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The Beauty of Nature in Summer - In Photographs and Thoughts

Updated on September 1, 2013
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What better way to preserve our memories than photographs? Mary loves taking pictures and sharing them along with her knowledge about them.

Bumble Bee finding the right flower

A bumble bee in my speedwell, a/k/a Veronica. This flower likes well drained soil and lots of sun.
A bumble bee in my speedwell, a/k/a Veronica. This flower likes well drained soil and lots of sun. | Source

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ― Charles Bowden

Summer FAQs

  • Honeybees make 10 million trips to make one pound of honey
  • July is National Ice Cream Month
  • In the Southern Hemisphere the longest day of summer is in December
  • July was named after Julius Caesar and August was named after Caesar’s nephew, Augustus
  • Summer school vacations were invented in 1840
  • The Eiffel Tower grows up to 6 inches in summer due to heat expansion
  • Watermelon is a vegetable
  • Thunder and lightning storms occur more often in summer

Beginning of Summer

Every season has its strengths and beauty but oh summertime! Flowers and trees in full bloom, a cacophony of color everywhere! What of the animals coming back to life and spotting the countryside as they look for food? There is no busier season than summer. Might I add here it is also a time for enjoying the outdoors, going to the beach, swimming, fishing, and the list goes on.

Summertime is definitely not everyone's favorite season, mostly due to the heat, but I think nature gives us a beautiful show during the summer months. However, there are so many plants and flowers that thrive in summer and others that only grow in summer.

To look at summer we need to remember it encompasses the months of June, July and August. (At least hear in the United States.) As June approaches school children begin to get excited because they know they will soon be on summer vacation, though some states start their vacations in May.

Flowers have been planted and lawns laid so that the fruits of the gardeners labor can be enjoyed.

Flower Photography

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Flowers in Summer

Each flower requires a different type of soil and different amounts of sunshine to bring it to full bloom. There is nothing like walking through a garden full of flowers. The beauty of their color and often their fragrance can bring you back to childhood memories of flower gardens or happy times in the outdoors.

Everyone has a favorite flower and the memories it evokes help make it our favorite. Even the flowers that aren't our favorites are beautiful to look at and a joy to behold.

Photos of Flowers

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Lilies like well drained soil and a half day of sun.A rose bush with tiny roses.The delicate gladiolus.  A perennial that grows from a bulb.A balloon flower, also called a bell flower.  They also come in pink and white.Daylily, often seen growing along the side of the road.Water lily.A mock sunflower whose name I forgot.Pink and blue hydrangea on same plant.Purple minarda.
Lilies like well drained soil and a half day of sun.
Lilies like well drained soil and a half day of sun. | Source
A rose bush with tiny roses.
A rose bush with tiny roses. | Source
The delicate gladiolus.  A perennial that grows from a bulb.
The delicate gladiolus. A perennial that grows from a bulb. | Source
A balloon flower, also called a bell flower.  They also come in pink and white.
A balloon flower, also called a bell flower. They also come in pink and white. | Source
Daylily, often seen growing along the side of the road.
Daylily, often seen growing along the side of the road. | Source
Water lily.
Water lily. | Source
A mock sunflower whose name I forgot.
A mock sunflower whose name I forgot. | Source
Pink and blue hydrangea on same plant.
Pink and blue hydrangea on same plant. | Source
Purple minarda.
Purple minarda. | Source

Sites of Summer

There's more to see in summer than just flowers. The scenery and other things in nature can attract our attention as well. The moon or a morning mist not always what you see in other seasons. The green landscape stretching out before you is a beautiful thing to look at. Summer paints the landscape in brilliant colors.

Scenery in Summer

A welcoming birdhouse.
A welcoming birdhouse. | Source

“There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.” - Paul Scott Mowrer

Looking at the Landscape

We each see something different when we look at a landscape. It is certainly there for all of us but many do not even notice while others are breathless at the beauty they see. The landscape changes with the seasons, with the night and day, and as I said, with the eye of the beholder. Some appreciate the beauty God has put before us while others never see.

Landscape photos

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The setting sun at Long Beach Island, NJ.The moon.View of the mountains from a nearby mall.One of many church steeples in Kingston, NY.One of the marinas in Kingston, NYA railroad bridge also in Kingston, NYThe countryside near my home.A morning mist from nearby caves.The moon in the morning.A neglected gas can.Rye grass along the road.A trimmed weeping willow.
The setting sun at Long Beach Island, NJ.
The setting sun at Long Beach Island, NJ. | Source
The moon.
The moon. | Source
View of the mountains from a nearby mall.
View of the mountains from a nearby mall. | Source
One of many church steeples in Kingston, NY.
One of many church steeples in Kingston, NY. | Source
One of the marinas in Kingston, NY
One of the marinas in Kingston, NY | Source
A railroad bridge also in Kingston, NY
A railroad bridge also in Kingston, NY | Source
The countryside near my home.
The countryside near my home. | Source
A morning mist from nearby caves.
A morning mist from nearby caves. | Source
The moon in the morning.
The moon in the morning. | Source
A neglected gas can.
A neglected gas can. | Source
Rye grass along the road.
Rye grass along the road. | Source
A trimmed weeping willow.
A trimmed weeping willow. | Source

Animals and Insects in Summer

Summer brings some pesky insects but also many interesting ones. Photographing them makes them seem more harmless and interesting. Of course no one misses the beauty of the butterfly.

At my daughter's summer home in Manahawkin,NJ, the ducks often come to eat the bread my four year old grandson throws to them. He was especially thrilled one day when they came up on the land to get their bread.

Animals and Insects

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A spider hanging from his web.A resting dragonfly.A hummingbird at my feeder.A butterfly on my butterfly bush.A frog sunning himself beside the pond.A seagull taking a rest.A duck headed in to get some bread.Duck number two.Duck number three.My grandson feeding the ducks.This is not trick photography nor has it been photoshopped.  Evidently there was a bird flying by when I took this picture!Mother and her twins.
A spider hanging from his web.
A spider hanging from his web. | Source
A resting dragonfly.
A resting dragonfly. | Source
A hummingbird at my feeder.
A hummingbird at my feeder. | Source
A butterfly on my butterfly bush.
A butterfly on my butterfly bush. | Source
A frog sunning himself beside the pond.
A frog sunning himself beside the pond. | Source
A seagull taking a rest.
A seagull taking a rest. | Source
A duck headed in to get some bread.
A duck headed in to get some bread. | Source
Duck number two.
Duck number two. | Source
Duck number three.
Duck number three. | Source
My grandson feeding the ducks.
My grandson feeding the ducks. | Source
This is not trick photography nor has it been photoshopped.  Evidently there was a bird flying by when I took this picture!
This is not trick photography nor has it been photoshopped. Evidently there was a bird flying by when I took this picture! | Source
Mother and her twins.
Mother and her twins. | Source

Your Photos

I'm sure some of you are scratching your head saying you have better photographs, and you very well may. These are a sample of the ones I've been taking this summer and just loving every minute of it. I've just started to try to look with a more artistic eye and find the things in nature I often overlook.

Perhaps this has sparked you on to taking more photos on your own or looking through what you have to appreciate them. Either way, I hope you enjoyed my little photographic journal and would love to hear from you about my pictures. Please leave a comment.

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Dinner Plate Hibiscus

One of my new favorites, this flower reaches up to twelve inches across.
One of my new favorites, this flower reaches up to twelve inches across. | Source

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thanks Ryem, I love photographing nature.

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Those pictures are so beautiful! Great hub.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thanks Audrey. So many beautiful things to photograph.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Just beautiful!!!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thanks for stopping by Glen. All of the outdoorsmen I know have an appreciation of nature. Glad to hear you feel the same way.

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      Glen Kowalski 3 years ago

      One of my favorite things about fishing and hunting is being out in nature and getting to see some amazing things. Contrary to popular belief as an outdoorsman I don't automatically want to kill everything I see. When fishing for pleasure being outside and seeing nature at work is just as important if not more important than catching fish.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you D.A.L. There is so much beauty to be seen and I love trying to capture it making my photos the best I can. I appreciate your comment and vote.

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      Dave 4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Beautifully done. as a naturalist I appreciate the work you have put in to produce this hub with excellent images. A joy to read. Voted up. beautiful.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Au fait. I got nervous about pinning my photos since a fellow hubber told me any photos pinned to Pinterest become the property of Pinterest.

      Glad you enjoyed though as I loved taking the photos. Thanks for the shares!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      What gorgeous photos! I loved going through them all. I pinned this to my 'Purple II' board, and voted it up, interesting and beautiful. It was difficult to pin because there is no pin button on the side, only tweet, but leave it to me, I found a way . . . sharing with my followers also.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      So right Peg. I've not been able to devote too much time right now but know I will again. Thanks for thinking of me.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I've been thinking about you. Glad that your photography is giving you so much pleasure. I hardly leave the house anymore without my camera. You just never know when the right picture will come along.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Peg. New experiences with a new camera mixed in with some taken with my old camera. Lots to learn but I'm having so much fun. Thanks for the lovely compliment and for always being here.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are absolutely stunning photographs, Mary. I really loved the one with the Doe and her two fawns and the one of your grandson. Also that one with the morning fog from the caves and the sunrise and the flowers. Let's face it. They're all gorgeous.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Alexadry but we do have the beautiful colors of fall coming ;)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Awesome pictures you have there! Makes me think that sadly summer is almost over! Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Interesting little beasts, spiders. So glad you enjoyed Glimmer.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for this beautiful summer trip this afternoon. You flowers and photos are lovely. I'm looking at the spider on my deck as I type this.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Suzie. I love my flowers too. Poppies are beautiful but I don't have enough room for them here. I have a feeling I'd have gotten along great with your Mum! Thank you for stopping by and the votes and shares! Have a great week.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Stunning shots and well penned as always! Love the different aspects of summer you grouped together from the flowers to all in the surrounds. Kingston looks my kind of place! Beautiful flower shots, I adore flowers and their array of colors, shapes, sizes and scents I learnt to love from my mum an avid gardener, photographer and artist with flowers a huge theme of hers, particularly poppies.

      Thanks mary for sharing your beautiful work.

      Up,everything, shared everywhere and pinned!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Jamie what an honor to think my photos could provide you with inspiration for your lovely writings!

      Glad I could help you take that last glimpse of summer Nell. I'm not looking forward to winter either!

      TT2, so glad I could provide you with a touch of beauty! Thanks for the vote.

      Thank you Sallybea, yes, I do love nature and all the beauty it has to offer us.

      Oh Vinaya, you don't make summer sound too inviting that's for sure. However, I am glad you enjoyed my photos. It is a great compliment coming from such a talented photographer!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Mary,

      Summer can be terrible in the tropics. Actually, apart from beautiful flowers, summer also bring houseflies and misquotes in my place.

      Even though I don't do nature photography much I like nature photography. Your pictures are beautiful.

      Cheers

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Lovely reminder of Summer - Autumn is on it's way in the UK but this is a lovely reminder of the beautiful Summer we have just had. Enjoyed your photographs and am glad to have found another nature lover on Hubpages. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much for this one...I needed some beauty today, and you provided it. Gorgeous pix! Voted up.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      What a glorious hub, and especially now just as Summer is coming to an end. I love Autumn or Fall but its the Winter just after it I cannot abide! lol! Wonderful mary!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What a great hub with great photographs, I think I will return often to look over each picture and find some inspiration there. Thank you. Jamie

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed Vellur. So much beauty is there for us to see.

      My dearest Faith, how good of you to remember us as you face your own trials and tribulations. God grant comfort to the comforter. You are certainly a faith reaper and so loved and appreciated. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Mary,

      Please know I am lifting up you, Larry, and all in prayer. My thoughts are always with you sweet lady. May God comfort you through all this, whether it is through your writing here or whatever, I pray His peace rains down on you sweetie.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful photos and a wonderful hub. Enjoyed reading. Nature has beauty in abundance to capture every single second. Voted up. Great hub.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You my friend, Martie, are the reason I love HP so much! Not just a lovely comment about my hub, but the personal touch. Thank you and God bless.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Awesome pictures you have published in here, Mary! Now you have inspired me to use my camera more effectively. That picture of the moon is a magnificent shot. Of course, my little aim-and-shoot camera is not able to produce such quality. Down here Spring has just begun; October is known as our most beautiful month of the year when the brightest flowers seem to be more than all the greens.

      So sorry to read about Larry's mini stroke. You are in my thoughts :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You know ps you're so right....all the rain really brought the flowers out this year and the colors were amazing. Thanks for the votes and more importantly for the angels my friend, hope they are guarding you as well.

      Theresa I'm so glad this little hub could be a pick me up for you! Glad you enjoyed. Blessings back at you.

      Hmm Frank so glad I could broaden your horizon with some bee facts ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this was such a wonderful entertaining read Til but what really made me go hmm was the facts about bees.. thank you for broadening my horizen LOL

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      oh Mary, what a pleasure. A well written hub and some absolutely wonderful pictures of such gorgrous flowers. I was feeling rather tired after a long day, but not any more. :) Thank you for the "Nature" pick me up. Blessings. Theresa

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Enjoyed this so much. The beauty that we find just outside our window is forever changing from day to day. This summer here in Florida has been spectacular when it comes to the many shades of greens we have seen the shrubs, trees, and grasses. We have had so much rain that they have flourished. Our flowering plants have too and we have welcomed many bees and butterflies to our yards as well.

      Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

      Voted up up and away Angels are on the way . ps

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Flowers are like the perfect subject to photograph; colorful and always cooperative. Glad you enjoyed Daisy.

      So glad to bring you back to New York for a short visit Stephanie. Thanks for the vote and share.

      Thank you Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      These are so lovely Mary!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Beautiful, beautiful photographs! Thanks so much for sharing your artistic photgrapher's eye with us! Your photographs and writing make me feel as if I'm back in New York! Voted up and shared!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary,

      What a beautiful article and what beautiful flowers! I frequently take photographs of flowers in my front garden.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You realize Lyricwriter I'll have to do one on fall now ;) So glad you enjoyed my photos and sharing my view of summer.

      Grandmapearl you can't believe those hibiscus. They only bloom for one day but there are so many of them. Thank you for the compliment, votes and certainly the pin.

      True compliment coming from a great photographer aviannovice.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Looking good, Mary. Photos capture the essence of one's soul.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Mary, your images are breathtaking! I love all of them, but if I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be that giant hibiscus. I thought my Rose of Sharon was beautiful, but your gorgeous flower is amazing! Beautifully done my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++ pinned

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Til, amazing article! Voted up and all across but funny, shared on FB also. Incredible photos, so beautiful:) Such a great article on summer and all the elements within this time of year. I like summer, but I love autumn the most, love the fall colors. From your article, we can see there's plenty of colors in summer also. Excellent photos, breath taking for sure:)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      So glad to hear this hub was able to cheer you up Sue. What better compliment than that could I ask for? Thanks too for the shares and vote.

      I would agree Rajan but I have a feeling you feel more heat than we do here. Thank you for reading.

      Thank you DDE. I am glad you found this focused to every reader, I always hope to have a little something for everyone.

      So true Jatinder. I guess that's why I consider us so lucky and our flora and fauna so beautiful.

      Thank you Mike, for reading, voting, and sharing. So glad you enjoyed my hub and pictures!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Such a beautiful imagery and words, Mary! Wonderful hub - thank you for sharing! Voted and shared!

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      Jatinder Joshi 4 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful photographs and a very informative hub. Summer is the best time of the year in North America, but is dreaded in the tropics and the desert.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful thought about nature and how the course repeats itself year round or in the specific times, such lovely photos. A useful and interesting hub, with different information and well focused to every reader.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I love summer but not the extreme heat just for the lovely flora. Beautiful pictures here, Mary and thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Now this hub has really cheered me up with all the beautiful pictures. I think we sometimes take it all for granted but today I will notice all the beauty that surrounds me. Shared, pinned and voted up

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Thank you tillsontitan. I think my interest in dragons stems from my love of dinosaurs I have always loved dinosaurs and reptiles in fact I write mostly about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals and reptiles and amphibians on my hubpage and am writing more articles about dragons.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How nice I could bring a moment of summer to you in your winter Carter! So happy you enjoyed my photos. I drive my husband mad taking pictures of everything but I can't help myself ;)

      Thanks so much for the votes, share and pin! Have a great one.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I just loved this taste of your summer Till and truly think your photos are spectacular!! The flower shots are beautiful but those landscape moon shots are quite something else!! A touch of inviting respite in my hazy winters day!! thank you:)

      VUAB & shared & pinned..cheers

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Thank you Genna! I'm still thinking about Maggie so I find it quite a compliment to have you say you like my hub....I love photographing the flowers and even more I love it when people see a bit of what I see.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks dr. Isn't it interesting how we can learn something new in the strangest places ;)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I do so love nature, and flowers in summer are miracles, each in their own way. I only wish I could take photographs as beautifully as you do, Mary. These take my breath away. The flowers come more alive as if we can almost touch them, enjoying all of their scents and vivid colors. The same is true with the landscapes, and insects. The butterfly on the butterfly bush is magnificent – as are all of the other photographs. This hub is a feast for the eyes and the soul. :-) Up +++ and shared.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      What a lovely summery hub, Mary. And your photos are luscious. So watermelon is a vegetable? Who knew? Voted up of course.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well samowhamo that's two things we agree on, summer and dragons! So glad you enjoyed my hub and appreciate the votes.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Oh I love summer its my favorite time of the year for all of the same reasons you list here but especially because everything is so lively and because of the warm weather (though I sometimes get overheated) and swimming. Winter is my least favorite season because I feel winter is the opposite of all that. Wonderful article oh and thank you for commenting on my dragon article I have another one if you are interested just click on the link below if you would like to read it. Voted up and awesome tillsontitan :).

      http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Whos-The-Best-Dr...

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Happy to cheer a dreary day Maria. How could you know things have been rough? Larry had a mini stroke on Tuesday so this week has been difficult. Your thoughts and prayers are more than welcome my friend.

      I almost left out the fact about the watermelon because I thought everyone knew but the comments here show it was a good idea to leave it in.

      What honor you bestow on me my poet friend Michael! The awe is mine to revel in your beautiful comment.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Mary... you are sweetest flower of all .. I love flowers for they are the poets best friend.. you have published a fine piece here my dear.. well written and formatted with beautiful pictures..! in awe ..

      Michael

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      What could be better on this dreary, overcast Labor Day, as we face the end of summer...

      I am instantly all smiles at your gorgeous summer photography and fact-filled piece. I had no idea that watermelon was a vegetable...wow! Beautiful and inspirational work...

      You and yours have been on my mind and in my prayers. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks WND. I try to keep a camera handy but know what you mean.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I miss some pictures I want to take because I forget my camera. My phone camera isn't all that great.

      Sure is some pretty pictures.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Deb. I've seen the beautiful pictures you take so I am doubly complimented by your comment!

      Bill, I am speechless (a very uncommon situation)...I know you have paid me the highest compliment and I am truly, truly honored. Thank you my friend. Hope your week is full of good things!

      Faith, how can we not be inspired by what God has given us? I enjoyed sharing the wonderment of summer and even more so because what I've shared is something my friends, like you, can relate to! God Bless.

      Many thanks Mhatter.

      Thank you so much ChitrangadaSharan, I appreciate your visit, comment and vote!

      My dearest Joe....they grow everything big in NY (am I allowed to say that on HP?) My Baby Boomer Buddy you know more about taking your time to appreciate the beauty of nature than any of us...your walking, hubs, and your photos show the beauty you see. How lucky we are we can share so many things with our friends here! Aloha and God bless.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Now that I know the truth about watermelons, I can honestly say, I love my fat, sweet, and juicy vegetables with the green rind!

      Hi, Mary! Paul Scott Mowrer, in his quote that you shared with us, certainly knew what he was talking about. It's one thing to admire the beauty of the land from a car going 40 miles down a country road; it's an altogether different experience to realize the startling revelation of how we're intimately part of that big picture by walking the same route.

      Your beautiful article is an excellent example of how a photographer graced her portfolio with intriguing word pictures instead of the usual way of creating a hub.

      And a hibiscus twelve inches in diameter? Oh Em Gee! They grow 'em big in NY!

      Blessings and aloha, Mary, and thanks so much for this refreshing reminder of how fortunate we are to have this gift of life.

      Aloha, my friend!

      ~Joe

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      Anil Lyall 4 years ago

      Sheer joy and beauty, and your great will to share; Keep it up, there is much happiness to spread around - in all seasons. Thanks.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful hub, with wonderful photographs and nice quotations!

      The Summer FAQs are interesting to know.

      Thanks---Voted up!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Simply beautiful! thank you

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Mary (till),

      What an awe-inspiring summertime wonderment you have presented here in this most beautiful hub here!

      I do so appreciate all that God has placed before our very eyes indeed. How could one not do so! Your photos are stunning and just gorgeous, even the spider one ... perfect.

      Really love all of the interesting facts and quotes you have included here, and I now know that Watermelon is a vegetable.

      That beautiful photo of your Hibiscus flower reminds me of my mother because I bought her one, and it was so gorgeous in the summer and it certainly did get huge.

      My granddaughters love to feed all the ducks and geese too at the pond.

      Thank you for sharing in all the beautiful wonderment of summertime here!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God Bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You set the tone perfectly with the opening quote....what a beautiful thought...the best of what might be...then you followed up with some gorgeous pictures and thoughts.

      I could read your hubs all day, and that's about as high a compliment as I can pay. :)

      Have a great week ahead, Mary.

      bill

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      deb napoli 4 years ago

      i love to always look at your photos and read what you write. you are very talented! could you publish more frequently please? lol

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Carol, so glad you enjoyed.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      beautiful photos... and words, of course. Great job and so enjoyed this peaceful adventure.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Linda. I don't especially love spiders either but couldn't resist the shot!

      Thank you Writer Fox. I love my flowers. Appreciate the vote too.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Beautiful pictures - You must have a lovely garden! Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous photos! Those honeybees sure are hard workers. I didn't know the Eiffel Tower expanded in the summer. Very interesting. I enjoyed your thoughts, photos and facts! With the exception of the spider photo. Eww, but nice shot!