Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer, Don't Go!

Below are a few summer photos and quotes.

mini morning glory
Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



busy bee
Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.
~ Ray Bradbury



backlit oak leaf
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald



qal bright sunlight
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
~ Henry James



golden duckling
It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
~ John Cheever



catbird
In summer, the song sings itself.
~ William Carlos Williams



curious squirrel
Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ''Embraceable You'' in spats.
~ Woody Allen



coneflower visitor
How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer's pride.
~ William Blake



dfly
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
~ John Lubbock



moulting mallard
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
~ Russel Baker



blue heron in flight
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
~ James Dent



full moon - june
These are the days of the endless summer
These are the days, the time is now
There is no past, there’s only future
There’s only here, there’s only now.
~ Van Morrison

More in a few days!

53 comments:

Linda said...

My goodness, girl. Will you never cease to amaze me with your photographs? Stunning...just stunning.

Stephen Hayes said...

All great photographs, but I particularly like the dragonfly. Those wings are a marvel.

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

So much beauty in this blog. . I see the Queen Anns Lace and it is just stunning. Gorgeous Images. I love the quotes also.

Ann Nichols said...

Thanks for this! With temps going over 100 (for a very long time!)I had forgotten to appreciate! But I do once again...!
Blessings!
Ann

Birdie said...

I think I am at the point where I am looking forward to the cooler weather. Summer has been beautiful, it really has but I love the fall. M fiancé and I are planning a trip to Ontario and Quebec in October to see the changing for the leaves. I can't wait!

ADRIAN said...

You have won your own award again with this post.

Cloudia said...

you make me gasp and sigh!


Aloha from Honolulu
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Indrani said...

Whoa! The focus in each shot! Stunning! I love seeing your wonderful captures and often forget to read what you write.

Merisi in Vienna said...

'Summer's lease hath all too short a date' - one can only dream of endless summer, there, where we live.

Hilary, I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with many of your blog posts, such exquisite collections of beautiful images, thank you!

Nadezda said...

Hilary, I love this sun light going through the maples leaves! Great!

Maggie May said...

Beautiful pictures. Everything is so clear in those photos.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Gary's third pottery blog said...

you got a blue heron, and a squirrel! WOW!

Brian Miller said...

haha i love squirrels and the backlit one.....i am ready for summer to go though...i want some fall...

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Love the bee quote, and I'm sorry summer is leaving you as I know you enjoy it so. On to falling leaves and such.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I just really enjoyed those quotes so very much!

DJan said...

What a wonderful soliloquy to summer. I love the quotes and the pictures are, as always, stunning!

Daryl said...

i am ignoring the blue moon .. ignoring .. and laughing that that bug on the coneflower? i had one of those land on my knee in the car whilst in Santa Fe ... cute little thing, isnt it?

truly magnificent photos, Hil!

crabby mcslacker said...

Holy crap those are beautiful!!!!!!!

lime said...

every time i thought i'd found my favorite shot of this post that could not be topped i'd scroll a bit and find a new one! just gorgeous. love the queen anne's lace and the tiny bug on the echinacea. and i must say that bee appears to be mooning you!

also love the woody allen quote. ;)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

My jaw hit the floor. These are amazing! You always have such interesting compositions and use light to your best advantage. The bee on the thistle and the flower with the halo are standouts for me. :)

rosaria williams said...

Where I live summer is short and mild. Yes, I wish it would last longer too. But...

ellen abbott said...

summer seems to be leaving us a bit early this year. not that I'm complaining. I'm ready for open doors and windows.

TexWisGirl said...

love every one of these. the queen anne's lace, though, is stunning.

Anvilcloud said...

The good news is that summer isn't going yet. The weather network advises us not to close out pools yet because fall will be warm -- the first part anyway.

messymimi said...

Summer is roaring at us here, with heat and humidity and kids still wanting to swim. This is a good perspective on it.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely brilliant your photography and the quotes, superb.

Gayle said...

I would like to have your photos, wit and talent on the walls in every room in my home. You are such inspiration. I cannot get enough of your art.
:)
Gayle

Robin said...

Sumer, you're welcome here. Any time you'd like to leave the northern hemisphere and make your way down south you're welcome! (Great summery pics there!)

swittersb said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WORK!
http://swittersb.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/swittersbs-sweetie-pie-nomination/

just some acknowledgment, do as you wish or time allows.

Frank Baron said...

Bunch of goodies here. I was especially struck by the oak leaves, the duck and, of course, "my boy" looking like he'd been shot from an arrow across the sky.

All that, AND a quote from The Man. ;)

Very fine. :)

Frank Baron said...

Natch, that should be "like" an arrow (or "from a bow").

:)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful,beautiful summer images.It is slowly passing us by as we can feel the fall air from time to time.

Rita said...

You get the most perfect photos in the first place and then choose the most perfect quotes to accompany them. This was like going on a short vacation for me. Lovely!! Just lovely!! :):)

Country Girl said...

Abso-freaking-lutely amazing!!!

Mimi said...

Gorgeous photos Hilary; I've a feeling I will come back a few times to this post to cheer my autumn and winter days (which are already upon us here!).
The Ray Bradbury quote is great, and the one about the broken lawnmower is very funny, but true!!

Red said...

Really like the quote and the lawn mower's broken. Also like the heron which is flying and the cloud behind him.

Steve Gravano said...

Stunning photos. Summer....only nine months away!

ladyfi said...

The lighting in the first few photos is magical. A wonderful set of summer shots - so gorgeous!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

The photographs are all stunning, the Ray Bradbury quote is deliciously beautiful, the Woody Allen quote made me spit my sip of water (How will I ever get the moose-in-spats image out of my head when I can't stop giggling!?) and I'm smiling over "suffer and like it" (I'm not a heat gal) and broken lawn mowers. :)

'Tis the season for end-of-summer posts!

That Janie Girl said...

Do you just walk around with your camera all the time? You NEVER cease to amaze me with your shots…I love the way you see!

Dave said...

Photos and quotes fit extremely well together Hilary. Nice photos too - Dave

Kat said...

Oh that summer lasted forever.
*sigh*

Gorgeous photos, as usual. :)

Scott said...

So many beauties and I loved your quotes to go with them. So right on.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos Hilary, the Queen Annes Lace is my favourite:)

Lisa

Tammie Lee said...

Hilary,
these are gorgeous summer images and quotes! such a lovely post.

Michael Manning said...

Glorious photography, Hilary! Just magical. I loved the Mallards and the night time Moon!

Friko said...

If those are pictures from a Canadian summer, I want a bit of it.

Unknown Mami said...

I think bees smell like life; they have so much to do with it.

david mcmahon said...

Do I have to choose a favourite image. OK, if you must twist my arm, it's the shot of the leaves in deep shadow.

You genius.

PS: May I nominate you for POTW?

Rob-bear said...

The images are as inviting as always!

Strange, though; I'm sure I heard some birds singing the tune of, "The party's over."

Jo said...

Your post makes me love summer, even though I don't and I'm pining for fall.

The damselfly? is so beautiful! And the coppery moon. Wow, Hilary. The quotes are just the right touch.

SandyCarlson said...

That duck shot stole my breath away!

Barbara said...

Just gorgeous! I could stare at that moon forever...