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A Taste Of Summer. July 13, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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July is an intense month – the blazing sun, the misty nights.  Frogs and flowers, storms and crickets.  Everything heats up, gets larger, more insistent.  Working men with bronzed backs feel every inch of their glistening skin, pretty women in sticky sun dresses stand back-lit by the July sun, unfurling themselves like sails in search of a breeze.  Babies startled by ice cream brain-freeze lunge gleefully for more as you drive slowly past, turn the wheel and head up-country for your Daily Cool.

You motor past thinning neighborhoods to where the barns live, then out past that, and before long the pavement turns to gravel, the poles and wires fall away, and you’re alone in a green Cathedral, your face dappled with sunlight and shadows, green light and birdsong accompanying the crunch of the road beneath your tires:

There’s a stream with a nice swimming hole up here, and you head for it to sit watching the cool water swirl around your feet as you study the efforts of whoever was there last:

This is how summer should be, the stuff of muted memories, less spectacle and more substance, life in the slow lane.

Refreshed, you meander homeward.  As the sun gathers its rays together for a Last Hurrah you glide along beneath a rising moon, tall grasses wave to the fading day:

Friday night the moon will be full; make a note to bring the camera out on Thursday, weather permitting, to catch it rising fifty minutes or so before sunset.

Goodnight, my friends.


1. jomegat - July 13, 2011

That’s as nice a cathedral as man has ever made. Nicer really.

2. littlebangtheory - July 13, 2011

Wow, I’m just tweaking this post and you’re already here! Thanks, jomegat. I think so as well. 🙂

3. Randal Graves - July 14, 2011

Now that’s green.

4. Steve - July 14, 2011

This is an all ’round beautiful post, sir. Great job capturing July in New England…

5. littlebangtheory - July 14, 2011

Hi Steve, and thanks. July can be tricky, coming as it does in between nature’s spectacles, but it has its own charm and visual offerings. I’m trying to be open to and aware of them.

6. susan - July 15, 2011

Oh my 🙂

7. noodleepoodlee - July 15, 2011

The rock stacking photo is very nice. I am always happy to come across these little towers in the wild. Yay for the deer too!

8. littlebangtheory - July 15, 2011

Hi np. Yeah, the playfullness lifts me, even though river cairns alter the nature of an otherwise more-or-less wild place. It’s a bit like pleasant graffiti, destined to be expunged by the next High Water Event (few of these things are recognizable after a Winter/Spring cycle.)

And the deer are always a delight, no matter how many I encounter. 🙂

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