In Full Bloom

7We are at the end of July (just about) and the garden is peaking.  The yard is filled with birds and critters and the occasional neighbor cat.

For a couple of days we had cooler temperatures and a great breeze that kept the mosquitoes away enough to get some weeding done.  It’s a jungle out there…



I will have just a few more photos in this post…to share some of the sights I am blessed to see each day.  Rain or shine, you can’t help but smile at nature’s beauty…enjoy!




Hosta flowers in bloom.






Visitor at the cone flowers







Humming bird at the bee balm






Female Cardinal at the fountain







Female red wing blackbird






Chipmunk on seed cleanup detail.



Belated Happy 4th!

Foggysunset2Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th!

We didn’t get to the fireworks in Albany because we attended a 90th birthday party for 2 people…both turned 90 this year and they just happen to be married also.  It was a grand celebration! Quite a milestone – and they are both still alert and active. What a gift!

When we got home, the sun was just beginning to set.  I grabbed the camera and practically flew over to one of the locks near home in time to get a beautiful sun setting…and fog settling in.  This area was devastated during Hurricane-turned-Tropical-Storm Irene in 2011, and has just been reopened this year.  It’s one of my favorite places to catch a sunset.  No wires..just water and hills…and the sound of frogs and crickets.  There are usually a couple of people fishing, and perhaps a boat moored for the night.  In my opinion, it was a wonderful end to a wonderful day.

May YOUR days be filled with wonder.




The First of July

come sitI can’t believe it is July already!

As you can see, things are really green around these parts.  The rains we had in June (and it is raining off and on today) have helped the deficit we DID have.  After the snow this past winter it seemed we would be abundant but dry months from March through May dropped levels significantly.  But things are lush and green now, for the time being.

Summer is fully upon us, even though the air has been cooler the last few days. junegarden Gardens are flourishing and somehow, even when the skies are dull it is still beautiful out there.  The birds are most likely raising their last broods and soon the outdoor sounds change from new life to quiet fullness.  I’ve been able to get out for photos and opportunities abound.  There are still things indoors that could be done but I think I will put them off a while longer as I soak in this fullness.

How about you?