Farewell to Summer


 (Bull Thistles on Our Hike Up a Mountain)

It’s finally beginning to look like autumn here at our mountain homestead.  We pull sweaters from our closet that smell faintly of cedar and draw up the quilt from the foot of the bed, shivering deliciously in the chill night air.
So it’s time to say adieu to summer.  And I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go.  It’s become like a loud, obnoxious, oppressive guest who overstays their welcome.  The weather here this year for both spring and summer was volatile and strange.  And oddly, the events of our summer seemed to somehow mirror the weather.

So I’d like to say to summer:  Thank you for coming.  We enjoyed your visit in many ways and hope you’ll stop by again next year.  Are you sure you’ve packed everything?  Can we help you carry your bags to the car?  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

But our family really did enjoy summer’s visit in some ways.  We took some wonderful hikes; we rediscovered the joys of eating orange creamsicles while we sat and talked on our porch after a long, hot walk; and our beloved coneflowers and black-eyed susans managed to bloom, despite the drought.  So,  here, in pictures, are a few of our summer delights. 

Sayonara, summer.


Ariel going down the mountain on our hike


Coneflower in the morning


Monarch caterpillar on milkweed


Monarch on Mr. Hendrix’s butterfly bush


Hiking down the Knob


Maple leaves on our rainy hike


Black-eyed susans in the early morning light


Moss in the dappled forest light


Swallowtail on the bull thistles in my side yard


10 Responses to “Farewell to Summer”

  1. June Says:

    I love your description of summer as a guest who overstayed their welcome. Well done! Great photos too. All are very good, but my favorite is the one of the coneflower. And oh yes, where did you see rain!!!???

  2. colleen Says:

    These pictures raised my pulse a bit. And they just kept getting better and better. I hope you’re going to frame some of them or have a show soon.

  3. Shannon Hodgins Says:

    I want a hike! What wonderful views and insightful shots. Shannon

  4. Susan Says:

    The flower pictures are exquisite, but my favorite is the hiking trail from the knob, just a narrow path, obviously well worn. You captured the essence of summer perfectly, thanks for sharing with us!

  5. bluemountainmama Says:

    gorgeous photos! where was the hike? summer did overstay it’s welcome this year, didn’t it?

    i’m ready for summer to pack its bags, too…. i love fall and spring, but not the extremes of summer and winter.

  6. Sara Says:

    Where is our beloved Autumn? I know summer is supposedly gone but if so, where is the fall? I’m so done with warm/hot days and I’m really wishing for some nip in the air. Time to get snug and cozy inside with a book and a fire…..

  7. ben (aka guitar maniac) Says:

    Reminiscing…the last “free” summer of my life…

    I will always remember the good days…

  8. CountryDew Says:

    What wonderful pictures. Kind of sad, summer ending, but I won’t miss this one. The lack of rain has about done us in.

  9. marion Says:

    your pictures are so evocative…and your description of this past summer (GO! And stay GONE…) perfect. My husband was born and raised in northern Maine, & he truly suffered through this gruesome summer, so much so that he bought a camper that we’ll haul to Maine in the spring for our summers-to-come.

    Since we still have family up there, it should be a good plan.

    Now I need to get his new digital camera out, learn to download pictures (he shows me in rapid-fire order, impossible to follow along…I think it is called CONTROL!) &, as Fred First suggests, learn more about the names of plants and birds. After all, we’ll have both SW Virginia species and far northern Maine species to explore.

  10. eemilla Says:

    Ahh, I feel so much better after the googly eyes and this post. thanks.

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