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Summer Time. July 4, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Politics and Society.
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It’s the Fourth of July, a great American holiday.  I missed the fireworks, chasing The Light with my tools of choice, and instead of Chinese pyrotechnics,  I got a few more shots of My America.

These are actually an assemblage from the week past, but hey, in the grander scheme they’re cotemporal.  (I made that word up because it works.)

For me, the absolute apex of Summer occurs when the wildflowers are at their best.  For the most part, we’re there now, though there will be other shows later.  Right now, the high meadows are filled with Rugosa rose, Ox-eye daisies, Northern bedstraw, clovers and vetches, and grasses unfurling their pollinated flags:

Thistles beckon bees to flit between them:

The fields are ripe, the grasses are high, and the clouds are full of promise:

…and the rivers and streams flow with the rains, which recently have been generous:

Two black and whites, from Rowe and Conway respectively.

And to end this American birthday, a sunset on the Deerfield river:

Proof that humid nights have their greater purpose.

Happy Birthday, America, and good night.

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1. susan - July 4, 2011

WOW WOW WOW YOU ARE AWESOME RALPH

2. TheCunningRunt - July 5, 2011

I take it that was a “thumbs up!” 🙂

3. lisahgolden - July 5, 2011

I second susan with more WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!

4. eileen - July 6, 2011

I really enjoy your thematic collections of nature at its best. Really awesome.

Hope you get your connection back.

5. littlebangtheory - July 6, 2011

eileen, I finally gave up on my wireless connection and went out and got a long enough phone cord to do the hard-wired thing, so… I’m back. 😉

6. Gina - July 6, 2011

Innnnnnnnnncredible!

7. susan - July 9, 2011

These are all very beautiful but once again you posted the best one last. It’s a marvel.

8. littlebangtheory - July 9, 2011

Well, thems is kind words, so thank you! 🙂


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