The Heart of Summertime

Tenters on the far bank

Tenters on the other bank

Cloud cover and a steady breeze made exploring the woods a pleasure today.  Amazingly, we have not picked up a single tick! Yet, anyway!

A variety of blueberries or huckleberries.

A variety of blueberries or huckleberries.

I took Sunny for a short, slow, old-doggie-paced walk this morning.  He soon tired, so we headed back.  Then I took Sheba for a longer, brisker, more interesting walk.

I found all kinds of little wonders to photograph.  However, in transferring them to my computer, I lost over 30 of them.  My favorites, of course!

I think it might be time to start thinking about getting a new camera.  I promised myself one for Christmas, but I might not make it  that long.

Darn!  😀

Wild muscadine grape buds

Wild muscadine grape buds

Greenbrier berries

Greenbrier berries

Smilax flower buds

Smilax flower buds

Sunny after his walk

Sunny after his walk

Sheba exploring

Sheba exploring

Last night's thunderstorm blew all of the trumpet flowers off their vines.  None are left in the trees.

Last night’s thunderstorm blew all of the trumpet flowers off their vines.

Greenbrier thorns and tendrils

Greenbrier thorns and tendrils

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Always something beautiful to look at when you are out camping! ;->

    • I think that the phrase “eye candy” is trite, but it sure does fit! 🙂

  2. kbeezyisviral

     /  June 7, 2014

    It’s going to be a hot and beautiful summer. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures of the great outdoors.

    • So glad you enjoyed them. Summertime is such a special season. After thinking that last winter would never pass, I am not going to complain about the heat. Not too much, anyway! 🙂

  3. Love your little closeup photos – it’s something I never think of doing myself. They add so much visual appeal to your blog.

    • It’s those magic little details that fascinate me and keep my quiet world from being boring. So glad you enjoy them!

  4. Rush

     /  June 7, 2014

    Hi Sharon, The buggy critters absolutely love me, so I bathe in lavender soap and add a spray of the oil mixed with alcohol on hats, lower sleeves and pants legs with boots to keep the ticks and the chiggers away. It also helps with any itchy bites. Most bugs dislike it about as much as scorpions do. If all else fails you can turn to dog fennel rubbed on your skin (sampled first for reactions in a tender spot) as it will keep the mosquitoes away also. Enjoy the great outdoors without them enjoying you 😀

    • Rush, thanks for the info. I have lavender essential oil at home — unfortunately not with me. I think I’ll pass on the dog fennel, though. 🙂

  5. So you are still managing in the heat! Pat yourself on the back for finding ways to have a good time. Went hiking this am and almost got sick from the heat and high humidity. Think the humidity was really the culprit.
    Always love looking at anything from the world of plants.

    • Lynne, the only thing that saved us today was cloud cover and a nice breeze. It got sticky and still this evening, but I’m in the air now and working on remembering only the good. It was the best day we’ve had here so far.

      Yes, it’s definitely the humidity. It makes the air heavy and hard to breathe for me, too.

  6. pshermanfl

     /  June 7, 2014

    I loved the photos! Particularly the tenters right at water’s edge. I would have loved that back in my tenter days!

    • Seeing the tenters here has been a special treat for me also. I’ve relived some of my favorite tenting experiences, too. I think my all time favorite was Hatteras Island many years ago. 🙂

      Some places we go they don’t have many, so it’s really special to see people enjoying “real” camping.

  7. Sunny still has a puppy face poor old guy.

    Seems like the rain has let up for you so you can go exploring with Sheba.

    • Yes, he does have a puppy face. I call him my baby boy. Well, lately I also call him Grandpa. 🙂

      The thunderstorm passed over us today. Hopefully the ones that are predicted will move on, too. But I sure do like the cool air they bring!

  8. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the pics! The little details of the vegetation really brings a sense of place – I vote for whatever camera keeps you posting great photos!

    • Thanks, Anne! I already decided I want one with a better zoom because that’s my very favorite kind of photography. 🙂

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