Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Can you see the haze in this picture?

That was yesterday at 8 AM.

It's been humid and in the high 80s and 90s for at least three days now (I am trying not to keep track) with intermittent and colossal thunderstorms to break up the monotony of sweating incessantly while sitting still.  Or trying to sleep.

I had a feeling that if Piper and I didn't get out immediately after morning chores, we would miss the chance to walk (me) and lope (Piper) without collapsing.

It was a good call.  And a nice time.

Piper, hunting and gathering

We visited the partially submerged tree where - if we approach very quietly - we sometimes find a row of sunning turtles.

No turtles this time, though:

But a different kind of treat!  
White pond lilies (Nymphaea odorata) were in gorgeous bloom!

In another area, a few yellow pond lilies (Nuphar lutea) were barely visible:

Piper had fun, but after just a short time she was happy to head home.

Within an hour she was flattened out on the bedroom floor, sound asleep.

She didn't even want to have her nap on the screenporch where I was cooling off with a snack before  tackling a small but necessary fence repair.

Can you see the haze in this picture?  Ahhhhh!
On the other side of the screen, a charming visitor was also taking some refreshment:

Hope it's pleasant weather in your neck of the woods.
And if it's a sizzler, I hope you have some fresh strawberries and a companionable hummingbird to sweeten your day!



  1. Hi Quinn, hope your weather cools off soon. We've had pleasant weather for the past few weeks but it's going to be over 100 for the next 10 days, so I'll be sticking close to home. Love the pictures of Piper. Ronda

  2. "Summertime, and the living is easy..." But without the heat, how would we appreciate the cold of winter.

    Stunning pics - you live in an incredibly beautiful place!

    1. Thanks, Dani. So do you! I love the banner picture on your blog :)

  3. darling Piper, she and Roobarb are so alike. Our girl doesn't care for the heat and will immerse herself in every possible bit of water, "or soggy mud" will do nicely.

    1. Piper doesn't like to swim, but she enjoys bog-wading. She comes out looking like a normal dog-body on skinny little pipe-cleaner legs :)

  4. Looks like a beautiful walk but oh so hot! It's been fairly nice here this week but the weather is changing. It's suppose to be 108 by the weekend. Ugh! I may head back to the beach and stay there! lol

    1. 108! Yikes! I'd need one of those safari hats with a solar-powered fan in the crown, blowing down on my brain. Take care :)

  5. Beautiful photos. It's been hot here in southern Virginia, but not as hot as it could be. The worst is probably yet to come. Our strawberries are gone, but I did take a break this morning to enjoy some wild blackberries. :)

    1. Hi Bill - you are definitely ahead of us, fruit-wise! Here the blackberries and raspberries are just little green nubs. I was afraid there would be no strawberries at all this year, with all the rain, but I was lucky my favorite local farm had a few. My fingers are crossed for one more quart before they are all gone for another year :)


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