Friday, August 13, 2010
Radiance and wilting.
Our summer gardens are already in decline, closing shop, starting down the road to the cold days of winter. Another summer coming to an end, was it well spent? What are your criteria for deciding?
What new beauty did you discover?
What new joys did you share with others?
A new way to feed grain and seeds to the chipmunks, a predator-foiling bunker.
Have you a special spot for contemplation and silence absorption?
This butterfly almost got away from the camera.
Do you have owls living near you? I miss the owl that showed up around 1 AM in the backyard by the shed last winter.
Lavender thrives in August.
How much more compassionate have you become toward all living entities?
The exceptionally colored butterflies are in full force, along with all the bees and flies, gathering the final substances from the spearmint pollen.
It's time to harvest your herbs before they turn to seed.
We grew two types of oregano this summer. Can I make my own therapeutic oregano oil?
Banana peppers looking good.
Jalapenos are mostly all ripe now. Banana peppers are in fine shape.
Cilantro went to seed before I could harvest the bulk of it, though I ate some every day, right out of the garden as I stood there pruning the patch.
Sage is looking superb.
Buddy in front of the chocolate mint, which is in terminal harvesting mode now.
Licorice mint is well established, but recently transplanted to the front porch garden from small pots. These plants are from organic seeds purchased at Naturally Yours.
Chocolate mint, after pruning yellow leaves periodically, remains robust.
But yarrow is fading and nearly gone and so are all the tiger and creek lilies.
I forgot to harvest the yarrow this year.
These little rascals, the black wasp -- not easy to photograph!
They flit around so much, almost like they're playing games on me, all that wow and flutter.
I love to look for color splits that occur naturally or in human society. By framing one color to fill the right half and the other color to fill the left half, you get interesting pictures.
I plan to publish a portfolio of such photos, called Juxtapositions.
The above photo shows the juxtaposition, the coinciding, of a sheet metal shed, on the left is the rusted part, on the right, the unrusted.
Looking upward through the strange purple berry plant in the dog pen.
The topography of a large rock tells a story that would astound us if we knew how to read it. From stardust to garden trophy.
Busy as a bee comes alive as the sweet juices flow.
Working hard in their eco jobs.
Flying works of art, adding color and flair to scenes.
Herb gardens are good for you and the planet.