Heat, I can handle. Cold, I can still tolerate that pretty well. Heat and humidity, not so good. That in essence is the synopsis of my past week. With daily temps in the 90’s and air literally “so thick you could cut it with a knife” I’m back to longing for days of moderation. Biking has been augmented with dripping body, helmet, glasses, etc. Trying to carry the camera along and take pictures has been close to impossible; at least in the favored light hours. The mornings have been at 95 – 100% humidity and I’m basically soaked before I exit the drive. Handling camera gear with wet, sweaty hands is not my idea of properly taking care of equipment and focusing can be hard enough without perspiration flowing off your forehead, across the glasses and into your eyes. So it is that the photos taken during the past 5 days have been limited to Susan’s flowers and other sites near the yard. Don’t get me wrong, the fields of Black-Eyed Susan’s and daisy’s are flourishing and the Common Mullein is starting to bloom. So, when the humidity settles back to what I would consider “reasonable” levels, I’ll be back to taking shots on the bike trail.
Tonight, it’s catch up time for me. As alluded to in previous posts, I’ve had lots of additional captures piling up and now seems a good time to share some of them with you. For me, this has truly been an amazing season of realization. As with the red clover and grass blossoms, the simplest and most common of plants have their moment just as the finest of flower specimens. At that peak moment, their commonality gives way to splendor that can rival the finest of any species. It’s good to realize and place that in perspective of our daily lives, the people we come into contact with and so on. Most everything and everyone has a special something; we just don’t always look for it or see it. Again, realization can be rewarding and humbling.
The Prairie Phlox are well past their prime now and setting seed for another season. Only the latest of blooms continue to pepper the tiers of grasses waving in the breeze. Similarly, the American Vetch has also had its best days of the year and the plants continue to mature and form seed pods. Replacing these two with new shades of pink and purple are several species of thistle, milkweed, liatris and clover.
The golden-yellow of Birds-Foot Trefoil is also giving way to greater numbers of sunflower, Yellow Rocket and Milk Vetch. With the maturing of summer, it’s as if one was driving from one land to another with a whole new population filled by its own diversity and character. So it is, the scenery is ever-changing. As always, thanks for your patience this evening. I hope one or more of these pictures helped to make your day a better one. Have a peaceful night.