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The Beauty of Nature in Summer - In Photographs and Thoughts
Bumble Bee finding the right flower
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ― Charles Bowden
- 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.
“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 FlowersClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
“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 photosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 InsectsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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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