Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Summer Afternoon

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


These photos from my two weeks up at our new home, early in August.
hazy susan
There are quite a few perennials growing around the place. This black-eyed Susan made a point of catching my own eye.




neighbouring boats
To the left of the dock, some of our neighbours boats had Frank yearning for one of his own. He was still doing his homework on which one to buy, at that time but has since made the purchase.




recovering butterfly
I found this butterfly in a puddle in the paddleboat. I thought it was dead, but when I lifted it out of the water, it clung to my finger, so I placed it on a leaf to either recover or live its life out in a more natural setting. It hadn't moved by the next morning. I suspect its end was near - those wings won't carry it far.




young hairy woodpecker2
This appears to be a young Hairy Woodpecker inspecting the nearby tree for bugs. In the weeks following, a very vocal Hairy (we call her Hairiette) has visited the feeder daily.




rainbow through window
A summer sun shower is always a treat, and so is the rainbow that you're sure to find if you look in the sky opposite the sun.




salad
A refreshing salad to serve up with dinner, loaded with blueberries and raspberries.




fruit bowl
If that wasn't enough fruit for you, please help yourself to a banana. You might want to pass on the lemon.




sunsetting
As the sun sets, puffy clouds of cotton candy dot the horizon. There isn't much nicer than a mostly-sunny August day.

More photos coming up soon.

58 comments:

Kerry said...

Wahooo! I am loving seeing your new place. That sunset in the last shot is almost too much. Also I envy your black eyed susans and wish I could grow them here. We have too many trees for that.

Cloudia said...

this beauty feeds my soul. So glad for you.

When you save a butterfly, your aura and soul gain a lovely iridescence! Congratualtions


ALOHA from Honolulu
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ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots. Looks as if you found a home in paradise...

Our photos said...

Beautiful are the photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

ADRIAN said...

A beautiful rainbow. I love front lit clouds.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Love, love, love the first photo...fabulous as are all the others.
Hugs
SueAnn

Ercotravels said...

Indeed, beautiful looking your photography, specially rainbow shot.
Nice post.
Hugs
Erco Travels

Andy said...

It was my pleasure to visit your blog again. I like your storytelling with photos. PS: I rescue earthworms when I see them stranded on the sidewalk.

Betty Manousos said...

so much beauty here!
this totally uplifted my morning! that yellow flower caught my eye.

thanks so much, hilary!

xoxo

Brian Miller said...

nice...i like fruit in my salad....and cool shot of the hairy woodpecker as well...

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Drinking my coffee, pretending I'm sitting on your back porch, in August. I agree with Cloudia and SueAnn.

Leah J. Utas said...

The salad photo was exceptionally striking and I love the composition in the final pic. Most pleasing, the both of them, and all those pics are most relaxing.

Dianne said...

thanks for caring for the butterfly

beautiful shots
only you could make salad look like a work of art

DJan said...

Your pictures are simply wonderful. I am so glad your new place is filled with pictures of places new to both of us. And Benny must love it, too! :-)

TexWisGirl said...

i love when you share your world. such beauty and peace and gratitude...

and congrats to frank on a boat!!!

Anvilcloud said...

I like Hairiette or at least her name. What a gorgeous spot you guys have.

ellen abbott said...

Yay. Pictures from the new homestead!

Linda Wildenstein said...

I know I say this to everyone who lives near the water.....you are so blessed and I indeed have water envy. This desert rat would love to wake up to a scene like this, gorgeous. Thanks for the vicarious water beauty and all the sights of the "nearby". Oma Linda

Bone said...

You definitely have the most colorful blog out there. Loved the hummingbird especially. And the salad looks good enough to eat :)

joeh said...

Makes me want to grill some chicken and down a gin and tonic...oops, make that a tonic with lime.

messymimi said...

Not too hot or too cold, nor too wet or too dry. Just right.

Mage said...

It must please you so much to put these pictures up. Did you serve the salad with a raspberry vinaigrette?

Stephen Hayes said...

I think I've said this before but it looks like you've landed in paradise. Perfect for a photographer of your stature.

L. D. said...

You have some great shots here. I like the Susan shot especially as it really is dramatic.

munchow said...

Such delightful images!

Red said...

You have a tremendous view from your new place. I can hardly wait until I see some winter pictures.

Daryl said...

what totally refreshing photos and that salad looks a mite small to me

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

Wow, such a beautiful place! Keep the photos coming. I love seeing what you see. And admire your tender heart for the perishing butterfly.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice and pleasant way, lovely thinking.

Rita said...

One cannot help but try to save a butterfly. ;) What gorgeous pictures. I am just loving seeing your new home. And now you have a boat, too. Whoohoo! :)

Out on the prairie said...

I need a boat also.I will have to try the blueberries in a salad, it looked real good.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

So much beauty! Thank you for sharing these, Hilary. (Mind if I squeeze the lemon into my glass of water?)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

What a wonderful retreat. Our yellow fall flowers are beginning to bloom. I love this time of year.

Lynne with an e said...

Looks like you've found the good life...and a glorious setting in which to live it!

holdingmoments said...

Every one a beauty.
The salad looks very tasty.

Sara said...

I love looking at your pictures, which tell me a story about your new place...it's beautiful.

My favorite picture was the last one. I love all the shapes in it. There's a triangle, a circle, what's looks like a square and many more.

Thanks for sharing these:~)

yaya said...

A new home with tons of new possibilities for photo shoots! I love your pics today and I'm betting the ones that you take in the fall will awesome too!

Lisa Gordon said...

How beautiful these are, Hilary!
This must be a wonderful place to be living.

Linda said...

These are so lovely, Hilary. I think you're going to love this place when you finally get settled in. The poor little butterfly. Life is hard. The salad and the fruit bowl had my mouth watering. :)

Barbara Shallue said...

This looks like such a beautiful place. Love the cotton candy clouds. What a great view you have! But that salad looks yummy, especially with the sunlight hitting it.

Indrani said...

Love the variety this time. I guess sorrow too adds to variety of life.

Haddock said...

Lovely pictures.
Now can you pass me that banana?

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Your view is to behold out there. I just love your photography and everything you notice each day!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Black-eyed Susans-- Love those. A lot.
All beautiful pics, Hilary. Hope you're settling in the new house.
xo jj

Tammie Lee said...

lovely to see your late summer photos

the salad looks wonderful, yum

sweet Autumn to you.

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: All I can say is that your photos contain so much heart and thoughtfulness in every shot. I'm excited to read about your new home. Bravo! :)

sage said...

Beautiful! I saw a pleated woodpecker yesterday--they are around but you don't often see them.

Lisa RedWillow~ a Beauty seeker said...

So much beauty in each and every photo.

Nancy said...

Beautiful and soothing. I love these pics, Hilary. I've really missed visiting here. I must not make that mistake again.

Maggie May said...

You make even the simple things like a salad look fantastic!
I also loved the photos in the last post, too...... especially that hair adornment!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Leave It To Davis said...

So kind of you to save the butterfly....at least so it can live for a while longer. Love that last photo! Amazing spot to sit and relax!

sharon said...

the salad lighting is divine

Pauline said...

Such a lovely spot you've landed in!

lime said...

oh you have certainly found a lovely setting. i feel more serene just having scrolled through these pictures.

Nortehanon said...

Oh, Hilary, did you just move to paradise? :-) You had me in awe, again, of your gorgeous photos.

I love looking at that rainbow! I hope I can also chance upon a rainbow on one of my photowalks.

MastHoliday said...

Beautiful set of the cool and calm photographs..

Hena Tayeb said...

That looks like a beautiful place to live.. i'd never want to go inside.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wonderful rainbow capture!