Nature Photos: Colors of Summer 2013

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Summer 2013 is coming to a close. The last several weeks have been hot and dry, Mother Nature making up for lost time I suppose. The promise of rain and fall weather is just around the corner, and with it will come fall colors. So long, summer!

Nature Photos

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(posted on 07/21/2013)

There was a full week of rain for my birthday mid-July, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’ve had the high-heat, high-humidity days, but Summer 2013 has definitely been superior to the last few. Here’s a look at what’s growing & blooming.
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(posted on 06/07/2013)

After a relatively cool April & May, the blooming season is a bit later this year. So far, early summer is looking a lot like Spring. The intense Texas heat is right around the corner, though, and we will enjoy the fair weather while we can.
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Dallas Arboretum Dallas Blooms Festival 2013

Every visit to the Dallas Arboretum is a new adventure. This year’s Dallas Blooms Festival provided endless beds of tulips, blooming trees, busy squirrels and lots of ladybugs!

Dallas Blooms 2013 Photo Gallery


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Dallas, TX 75218
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Summer Flowers & Sunsets

Its late September 2012, the last Friday of summer. This time of year always seems to find the yard and garden in shambles. We were inundated with bugs, and July & August provided very little rain; we gave up on vegetable growing. We also let the morning glory vine take over the front of the house.

The potted herbs are struggling, but with the promise of autumn and better weather around the corner, I know the outside will be beautiful once again. The morning glory and passion flower on the porch attract butterflies & bees on the cooler mornings, and the bugs attract other visitors, too.

(from 07/15/2012)

The first weeks of summer are filled with sunshine and the yard is full of purple, green and prickly thistles. Now they all have bloomed and released their seeds, but there were so many thistles this year that our morning walks were filled with their sweet, intoxicating perfume.

Ever since I was a little kid growing up in Texas, I’ve loved the thistles. Their flowers are almost surreal with bright pink-purple spikes and thorny stems. They remind me of Dr. Seuss stories; from the time they begin to bud to the dandelion-like release of their seeds – you might expect a rhyme-talking little creature to be living inside one.

(from 07/03/2012)

It is July here in Central Texas and that means long, hot days and late in the evening sunsets that color the sky. The summer months also come with fewer flowers; wildflowers like thistles and sunflowers are more productive than anything growing in the garden.

We put large amounts of mulch around the trees, and enjoy the summer sunsets as we hand-water everything. There are still a few lilies and yellow mums blooming, and the morning glory vine is winding around the house, providing purple flowers to greet the day.

Luckily, the herbs and vegetables don’t mind the heat too much, either, and we should have tomatoes, jalapenos, basil and thyme to gather into early fall.

Beauty is All Around Us

At least once a week, I ride into the city for the day. As much as I love living in the country, I also enjoy the shopping options a big city like Dallas has to offer. When I’m in town, I do a little art supply, thrift store, and/or grocery shopping, take photos at the lake, the park, or on the street, and work on projects while sipping a cold beverage in the afternoon (usually of the Starbucks variety).

Its refreshing to find beauty in unexpected places

I recently spotted a small strip between the street curb and a parking lot that had been planted with wild flowers. It was such a pretty juxtaposition – the brightly colored flowers backed by drab concrete streets and buildings. I had to stop and take some pictures.
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