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Summer is on it’s way, so it seems appropriate to get a head start on summer writing; discussions about gardening, or the great outdoors; animals and birds, and even leisure (who doesn’t enjoy a leisurely summer drive through countryside?) or holiday fun. To that end, this batch of feature images is geared towards summer.
What better way to enjoy the beginning’s of summer? This cute blue-eyed tabby kitten is just beginning to discover the world around her. The summer garden behind her is beginning to show some of it’s early colour, while the kitten’s attention has been drawn by some skyward enticement.
This white painted window box overflowing with pink petunias is not being used on a home, but along the railing of a bridge running over a small river. A simple way to add a bright spot along an uninteresting railing, and a cost saving way for the township to “pretty-up” a little.
Along a country roadside sits this cool, shadowy retreat; a perfect place to stop and get out of the hot sun for a few minutes. In the background is the edge of a large natural pond with a little “fall of water” ending in a creek. The property owners have taken advantage of the natural beauty of this well treed area at the edge of their property and laid crushed red stone pathways and a little foot bridge. They’ve managed to plant many species of wildflowers that blend in well with the ones that were found growing naturally along the edge of the property. A pretty and peaceful sight to enjoy while taking a little break on that country drive.
This pretty and welcoming gate is the entrance to a country property. In the background you can see the driveway lined with stones from the property, and a triple lumiere so evening visitors can find their way. To the left and right of the open gate a large bushy plants (here you can see a large snowball bush) and greenery, while lining the driveway (which is quite long and curved) are border gardens with flowers and shrubs. (This property is part of the property shown in the previous photo, and created by the same home owners).
This neat and tidy country hobby-farm sports miles of white board fencing, with an attractive red and white barn, which brightens the landscape of large grassy fields and the darker forest in the background.
I think this was probably the first black swan I’d ever seen. Where I live, there are several different swans (trumpeter and mute), but all of them are white. I ran across this black beauty while visiting Rome, Georgia one year. The colouring of the beak was astonishingly bright, but the swan itself was quite aggressive, coming right up out of the pond to attack us.
The last image for this series of features is a bouquet of Hosta blooms. I grow hosta in several areas of my yard and gardens, partly because their leafy greenery is always pretty, right from spring through fall and partly because they do well (and even flower) in shaded spots. We get morning sun out front, but by about 11:00am, where these are planted is in full shade, and stays that way until the next morning. Early morning sun isn’t hot enough to burn the leaves, but provides enough light to encourage the blooms. I don’t think many people cut the blooms from Hosta, and although they don’t last terribly long (2 to 3 days depending on their condition when you cut them) the long stems and delicate mauve (or white – I have some white blooming ones too) flowers make a pretty display.