84 – Summer *

Special thanks to Amy for providing the photos. Amy is in the USA and I encourage readers to visit her photography blog Heaven on Earth. Amy is currently dealing with family matters, so she has blocked comments. But still visit to see her photos and feel free to comment on her images here. Besides, she may make a surprise appearance here. Amy’s work is copyrighted by Amy Rose Photography.

This post is also responding to Marsha’s Wednesday Writing Challenge. I invite you to not only visit Marsha and those linked in her comments, but to participate.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

I walk thinking about the contrast of this place now and how it must be in summer – the prime time for the vacation business. Yes – me here in the winter thinking about summer.

Today is partly cloudy/partly sunny with a cool, brisk wind. Although my feet like the cool water of this season, the water would be chilly for those wanting to swim. The summer here will be hot and humid with the water being the main refreshing source. People are scattered now on the beach, but the summer beach here is a time for crowds.

Summer – the hottest of the four seasons – a time when the Earth’s axis is pointing toward the sun. A time when summer is in one hemisphere, but winter in the opposite hemisphere. A time some of us associate with June, July, and August – but others with December, January, and February.

Summer is a time we associate with longer periods of daylight and shorter periods of the night. Yet, the day we call the longest day of the year is in early summer, so the amount of daylight decreases as we pass through the majority of summer.

Some cultures designate summer as a time between two national holidays that serve as the unofficial beginning and end of the season.

To me, summer is a time of hot, dry, and humid – a time of less rain – but a time of sudden downpours followed by steamy air. But in other parts of the world, summer can be a wet season, or a time for hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, and typhoons.

Summer is when people take advantage of the warm temperatures by maximizing outdoor activities like swimming, water skiing, fishing, boating, sunning, and many more. For others, summer is about baseball, golf, tennis, and soccer.

Summer is a season for activities on the lake – fishing, swimming, boating, skiing, sailing, sunning – simply sharing the water with ducks, geese, swans, and fish. Some people will also camp on the grounds surrounding a lake and then make it a place for campfires at night.

Summer is prime time for the beach here – beaches packed with people, heavy traffic on the streets, and busy restaurants. Beaches filled with many umbrellas, plastic buckets for sand, sunglasses, beach chairs, sounds of personalized music, beach volleyball, busy pools, many boaters, the buzz of jet skis, parasailers in the sky, and more.

Kids come to the beach to swim, play with the waves, make sandcastles, fly kites, play sand volleyball, look for interesting shells, hit or kick a beach ball, ride jet skis, snorkel, ride boogie boards, be in bare feet, make new friends, or just lay in the sun.

Summer is a time of birds singing – sounds keeping birders happily engaged. Summer is also when the buzz of a variety of bees, flies, wasps, and other insects join the aviary chorus – but at nighttime, nature’s symphony shifts to crickets, frogs, and the hoots of owls.

Summer is the time for lazy, hazy days with a breeze helping us stay cool as we sit in the shade reading a book with the threat of sleep taking us away from the book. Summer is a time of searching for four-leaf clovers by day, and catching fireflies at night – a time for sunglasses, flip-flops, shorts, tee shirts, straw hats, and swimwear.

For kids, summer starts when they race out of school with much glee. Without school, now they can focus on playing with friends, sleeping in, being outside, picnics, swimming, staying up late, vacations, dancing with shadows, hoping for a visit by the ice cream truck, parks, fireworks, waterslides, snowcones, outdoor hoses, sprinklers, star gazing, refreshing cold drinks, outdoor concerts, midday popsicle, swimming pools, fireflies in the evening and night sky, festive holidays, camping, local fairs and festivals, water balloon fights, family reunions, parks, and playgrounds.

Summer is a time for the mouth-watering aromas from outdoor grills and smoking barbeque pits – a time for licking refreshing ice cream on a hot day. Summer is a time for freedom, happiness, and dreams.

Summer is a time for farmer’s markets and roadside stands for locally grown fruits and vegetables – a time for eating watermelon, cantaloupes, fresh tomatoes, and recently picked corn still in the husk.

Summer is a time for blossoms of annual and perennial flowers to accompany nature’s blanket of green. We use watering cans, hoses, and sprinklers to keep the joyful colors, nurture vegetables, and keep lawns green – yet, the brown of the summer drought causes us to yearn for rain.

Summer is the time for mowing lawns, riding bicycles, active swimming pools, walking on warm pavements, and more – a time for relentless sunbeams as if the sun was shouting to be heard.

Summer is a busy time for construction projects – a time for hammers, jackhammers, bulldozers, orange barrels, and traffic detours.

The summer sun, the bright warm disc in the sky, touches life the most in summer – a time we expose more of our skin allowing the sun to touch us with kisses of warmth that tans some people but burns others. A time when skin darkens, but hair lightens.

The summer sun is why plants of all sizes reach toward the sky in a competitive way – tall majestic trees dominating life around them. That’s OK because the plants on the forest floor still get enough sun to meet their needs, whereas the grains and grasses in the open field thrive without the presence of trees.

Summer is a time for drifting – drifting in a canoe down a lazy river, drifting on a raft in a pool, drifting asleep while sitting on a chair in a cool spot on a hot day – a time when even the wind is hot – not refreshing until we realize the feeling would be worse without it

The days of summer seem long – early sunrise to the late sunset. The early sunrise is a time of calm, a time of the awakening of birds, glistening morning dew on the grass, a time of freshness in the air. Because the sun is low in the sky, some people walk or run during this time to beat the heat of the day.

Summer is a romantic time – love filling the air – being blinded by summer love – a time that is real – a consuming spell one feels – a love delivering shooting stars of emotions. Summer love is the summer moon together with beating hearts and a lovely rose.

The summer love stands apart from the rest of the seasons. Summer love is one everyone thinks will last forever, but they don’t know it will only last through unspoken memories. The summer love will never be forgotten

Summer is a time of much, many, and more – much sun, more daylight, many activities, much fun, many joys, and more life. I’m not sure about memories because life isn’t seasonal. After all, I write this about summer during my winter because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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125 thoughts on “84 – Summer *”

    1. Jane,
      Glad that you appreciated the combination of my words and Amy’s photos. I’ve followed Amy for many years, She loves being out in nature with her camera, and I’ve seen enough of her work to know that she was perfect for 5 beach walks: seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Lucky for me, she agreed! 🙂

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  1. I enjoyed the profusion of flowers in the video, Frank, and I hope that Amy’s family matters are not sad ones. I hate to be sad when the sun shines, but that’s sometimes just how it is. I’ve never caught a firefly. Something missing in my life 🙂 🙂

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    1. Jo,
      Glad you enjoyed the walk, video, and Amy’s photos. She does a wonderful work capturing the seasons, and personally, I look forward to her autumn photos. I know Amy appreciates your kind words and concern, but I know life is pulling her in many directions at the moment. Meanwhile, fireflies are very abundant in my region. Several years ago we took a night walk in an area that was loaded with fireflies. Quite the sight!

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    1. Marina,
      Summer is associated with so much! … and I hope you get your summer respite by the sea! Glad you enjoy Amy photos and thanks for asking about her. Important things have Amy’s attention at the moment, so I know that is were she is focusing her energy. Yamas!

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        1. Marina, my family matters have resolved, thank God. I required some time off from here after the fact and what I endured last year. I’m coming back probably tomorrow. Steady I’m not sure, but we’ll start with tomorrow. God bless you! xo

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  2. You’ve captured summer perfectly, Frank. I prefer the lazy long afternoons if I’m honest… and the Summer Storms can be quite spectacular. Right now though, it’s morning, and it already feels hot!
    Have a good weekend, Frank.

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    1. Fraggle,
      Oh my … now that’s an unpredictable summer! I’m not crazy about the heat and humidity of summer in my area – but it is what it is. Yes – bring on autumn! …. just extend it because we don’t want winter so soon. Glad you enjoyed Amy’s wonderful photos.

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  3. I love summer the most, it reflects my colourful and warm nature and just love walking along the coast and swimming in the sea, being surrounded by the brightest flowers and palm leaves blowing in the breeze. Hearing the children run around and play, splashing in the pool and squealing at the lizards who sunbathe in curious places! I love the outdoor life, being near nature and bumping into neighbours and friends. Sharing a cocktail and tapas on the terrace with my beloved and relaxing more than usual. We chose to live in southern Spain where summer is the longest, not so humid as the Caribbean where our children live and still get to enjoy the cooler seasons, although the bitter cold stays away💃🏼🕺❤️ Thankyou for your inspiring post Frank and generous heart. Just love Amy and her Divine work! Much love Barbara x

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    1. Barbara,
      There are many adjectives describing Amy’s photo, and your choice of “divine” is fitting. I love the way you embrace summer, so thanks for sharing that joy in words. Southern Spain sounds wonderful – and I imagine you embrace the mild winter. Which city is closest to you?

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  4. Summer is not my favourite time of year. Too hot, too humid, too crowded. As I think of you standing on the beach looking out over the water, I wonder what the image would have been 1 million years ago. Crazy how my mind works. How will it look in 10,000 years in the future? This moment, right here, right now is so fleeting and so fragile. With the turn of the head the bubble can broken. And this moment in time will never, ever come again.

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    1. Pam,
      Thanks for the wonderful insight. After all, deep thinking about topics as you did is a good thing! – and pondering the past, present, and future of anything is a worthy cause. Heat, humidity, and crowds are no fun – but they are signs of the season. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I think every season has its own beauty (and negatives). It’s good to have the variety. 😀. Summer is definitely different when one is older, and not going by school schedules. Thanks for sharing my poem of summer joy. Lovely photos.

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    1. Merril,
      No question that each season has plusses and minuses, plus seasons very so much from place to place … and the view of each season does change with age. After all, how many people move south because they are tired of winner. Glad to share your poem, so thanks for writing it!

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  6. Beautiful photos from Amy and as always, thoughtful and thorough words from you. However…”summer is a time of hot, dry” is true in the desert and as always I’m reminded that summer here is more like winter elsewhere, a season many people try to avoid and when you have to take precautions. Right now we have an excessive heat warning in effect from today until next Friday night with possible temperatures as high as 117F. So my summer for most of my life in the Midwest were much like what you talk about above but they’re entirely different now.

    janet

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  7. Wonderful reflections, Frank! As bright as the sun’s refection on the water, are your words today.
    I must have had a dream about your reflections, because I thought you were doing reflections on insects, today.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with insects. Maybe it’s got something to do with all the reports I’ve seen on the Cicadas.
    Anyway, love the summer, adore your blog and you’re a summer sweetheart, especially at the beach in winter.!

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    1. Resa,
      Oh, that’s too funny! I proudly report that “insects” is NOT on my Topics list, nor on my offline Ideas list … plus I’m not adding it. 🙂 …. well, at least not yet. Oh …. the cicadas? Well, they are in Cincinnati alive and well. Good news for me is that I live in a part of town that the aren’t numerous … only in pockets. The bad news is I may see them in 2024 (a different brood). More importantly, thanks for the kind words and support. Clink!

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  8. OMG!!
    Amy’s photos are brilliant. They always are. Her flowers are the best! Think I’ll head over for a peek-see. I haven’t been there for awhile, and have been wondering what she is up to!

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  9. Wonderful summer inspiration! Amy, love your photos, but that bottom one is my favorite! Summer where I live is so hot, you just need to embrace the good and be ok with it. As I age I’m not as much for the crowds. But there is something about a busy sunny beach in the summer! The vibe that surrounds splashing water, sand, cool drinks and a good book! 🏖🌴🌞💦🌊🍉🍷🥥

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    1. Lisa,
      As Janet stated in an earlier comment, in places of extreme heat, summer is similar to northern winter because it keeps people inside. That’s a brilliant reminder. I’m not much for crowds anymore either – but can tolerate them when necessary. Isn’t it interesting how times changes people! Thanks for the kind words about the post and Amy’s images. Enjoy your summer.

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  10. Ahhhh Summer…..Summer here is humid, sticky, buggy, but still full of beauty – greenery everywhere, flowers in bloom, freshly mulched gardens and cool iced tea or lemonade! I am a “Fall or Spring” kind of girl and D.C. is known for it’s sticky summers but honestly out in the country here it’s not all that awful – besides we have woods in our back yard and it’s perfect for a getaway – we put a “glider” down there so we can sit and be cool. I feel the heat and humidity more now that I’m of a “certain age”. I am looking forward to Maine and its’ beaches in October and plan to walk the beach at sunset or sunrise – no heat and no humidity…..just peace. Lovely post Frank.

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Love the why you included both positives and negatives of the season and your area. I’ll never forget a long-time government worker in DC telling me that before air conditioning came along, being assigned to DC was considered to be a hardship assignment by many countries. No wonder you enjoy Maine! …. and this year you also have the glorious presence of cicadas! Cincinnati too – but not in my outskirts area. (I think I get them in 3 years.) … and heat and humidity is not my thing. YUK!

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  11. Hi Frank, I left here to visit Amy’s blog and I immediately fell in love with her beautiful photos and I have subscribed to “Heaven on Earth.” I also really enjoy Marsha’s blog and her kind and generous spirit.

    Your posts always transport me to the beach, a wonderful respite in my day. You have also shared the many joys and feelings Summer brings. This is an excellent post, Frank, and you have enriched my day. I love the beautiful effect of Amy’s photos and your words.

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    1. Erica,
      I’m very happy that you visited and subscribed to Amy’s blog. She combines her love for nature and her camera … and her images show that love. Thanks for the kind words about these walks. I try to maintain a beach feel. Although I’m inland now, I draft these at the beach. 🙂

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  12. Beautiful photos, and they complement your reflections perfectly. I love summer, and I am almost certain the only reason I am so enthused is that I have a nostalgic connection to the season, tied very strongly to my youth. The beaches in summer are so crowded but I love watching families and there’s always a happy buzz. I smiled the whole time I was reading your lovely post!

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    1. Debra,
      Happy to know you were smiling during the walk about what is obviously your season. Being a So Cal gal is entrenched in your blood. I love Amy’s photos for the seasons because I think she captures them so well. Personally, her autumn photos are my favorite.

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      1. I always really enjoy autumn photography from other countries and American regions. We don’t get the beautiful fall colors here, and it’s a season I don’t appreciate at much as I might if I lived elsewhere. I will pay attention to Amy’s work. It’s beautiful.

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  13. Sorry to be late to the party, Frank, but I’ve blame it on summer activity *even though it’s not officially summer). Your thoughts bring back memories of summer vacations at the beach and just about anywhere. I’d recognize Amy’s beautiful photos even without the introduction – they are the perfect companion to your post. I hope you and she are enjoying a nice summer weekend.

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    1. Dan,
      Glad you enjoyed my musings and Amy’s outstanding photos. Her style truly captures the seasons. I did have some hesitation about the timing of this post. Yes, summer has not officially started, but we know that Memorial Day marks the unofficial start. I would have waited, but I wanted to link to Marsha’s post. No need to apologize for being late – after all, my time visiting others has taken a big hit lately.

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  14. Much to love here today, Frank — Amy’s gorgeous photos, that stunning slideshow (with one of my favorite tunes!), and your all-encompassing discussion of summery things. Gee, I don’t think you missed anything!! Thanks for starting my day on a high note!

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    1. Debbie,
      Amy’s photos are wonderful – and when it comes to seasons, she has been providing great images – and I can’t wait to see what she provides for autumn. I love comments about the videos because I take pride in the selection. Meanwhile, glad I was able to capture the essence of the season.

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  15. There was a time when fire flies were abundant in my part of the country, I remember as kids running to catch them. Now only memories remain quite like the summer love. It’s blazing hot and sticky here in India and we are already looking forwards to the rainy days. Monsoons are around the corner.
    Beautiful pictures to compliment your ode to summer, Frank.

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    1. Sheetal,
      How interesting about fireflies in your region. To be honest, I’ve never thought about their geographic distribution, but I am saddened by their lack of abundance for you. Thanks for confirming that summer is different throughout the world, although I’m confident that many people in the world don’t understand how anyone can look forward to monsoon season. Glad you enjoyed Amy’s outstanding images, plus thanks for sharing!

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  16. Beautiful, Frank!!! Well done! I almost forgot, er, did forget about this post until Erica came on over to my place. My family problems are over, thank God. Now such is the case due to what I endured last year and going into this year, all I want is freedom. I do not want to spend hours on my computer even with my photographs so I haven’t. I have tons of new pictures, perhaps as many as 1,000, yet still have not managed to upload, much less edit them. I’m being pulled outdoors and into Silence.
    I am honored that you used my photography. God bless you for spreading the Energy of my Mission, that is to create a world based on Love, beauty and Truth. Sending much love to you!! xo

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    1. Amy,
      Hooray! You made it! I hope you had a chance to read the many wonderful comments about your beautiful photos. 🙂 The past 15 months have been very different for everyone, so I understand the combination of your draw to the outside with your camera and staying away from the computer. Stay the course and keep smiling!

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      1. Frank, I will be posting soon, perhaps even tomorrow. My heart spoke to me …. and there it is. Not sure if I’ll be posting regularly or sporadically or what. Just following a “new path”. I am humbled by all the beautiful comments about my photography. Much love!! xo

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  17. I am a fan of Amy’s divine photography for the longest time now and your post on summer is so abundantly beautiful as always Frank. I love the summers, the brightness and lightness it brings – I like to enjoy it while staying in shade 🙂

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    1. PD,
      Divine is a good adjective describing Amy’s photos. Her images show her love for nature. Meanwhile, thank you for the kind words about this post. Ahhhh – the shade – the shade that provides relief from the heat. I especially love it when a breeze is also present. Ahhhh ….

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  18. I’ve been hiking a few times already. Swim, once. Tennis a couple times as well. Running is year round but I tend to like the heat when I run. Now grilling, I’ve done this once already but I do prefer to grill when it snows.

    Baseball season is over for yours truly, so I’ve been paying extra attention to hockey and the Dolphins roster.

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    1. Marc,
      Summer is full of activities, so it seems you are off to a good start. But as you suggest, grilling is year-round! Meanwhile, sorry to see that you have written off the Pinstripes for the year. Baseball has a way of taking a fan from hope to the point of ripping out the heart. Meanwhile, the Reds rely on offense because starting pitching is sketchy, bullpen is horrible, defense is suspect, & team speed is marginal,

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      1. No doubt, and I find that my running cools me down the rest of the way. So there’s that.

        Grilling during a snowfall is one of life’s great things, I’ll tell you what. Last time I did that was during a bowl game. Good as it gets.

        They’re done. If they had one team to overcome, I’d say they could right the ship. But three teams? Nope. So I’ve taken to rooting the Mets and Padres on.

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  19. This was weeked was the way I wish my whole summer was. No humidity, temps around 78-79, a light breeze. Oh man. You can do activities without melting.
    Lovely pictures to go with your post.

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    1. Dale,
      Glad you enjoyed Amy’s outstanding photos. I’m hoping she also comes through for autumn! Now your weather seems like my kind of weather. Ahhhh …. but my weather this past weekend was horrible … mid-80s with high humidity. YUK! But it’s in the midst of breaking, and the next few days should be similar as you described. 🙂

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  20. Frank, you’ve painted such a joyous picture of Summer through your words and, together with Amy’s photos, leave me longing once more for longer balmy days and all the pleasures and senses of the season. Yet, I can’t complain because even in our winter days here and all my walks I can still find the beauty of nature. Amy’s photos are absolutely gorgeous and perfectly complement your words. Beautiful post. 💚🙏

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    1. Trek,
      Welcome first-time commenter to the soft sands of my beach. Glad you enjoyed Amy’s wonderful photos. She has a way of capturing nature. She and I have collaborated before, but she is not the only photographer in my walks. Glad you also enjoyed the video because I take great pride in selecting them!

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  21. Beautiful images from Amy, Frank! Well done to both of you. Summer hasn’t officially arrived in the Mile High City and I’m already counting down the days until autumn begins (99 in case you’re wondering). It’s waaaay too hot for me and seems way too hot, way too soon. I’m dreading the thought of July and August if June is already in the upper 90’s with an occasional 100F+ thrown in for extra misery. 🥵

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  22. What a beautiful ode to summer, Frank. Your words flowed into poems in my mind. Each one brought sunny memories of luscious enjoyment of summer. Thanks for connecting, Frank. 🙂

    fireflies, crickets,
    sunglasses, flip-flops, hats
    festivals, balloons

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  23. On this first day of summer (solstice) I’ve enjoyed reading both your and Amy Rose’s posts. You’ve certainly captured all the endearing things about this season that I have so loved as a child and now as an adult. It certainly seems to be on all of our minds right now and I send warm wishes to you and your wife for a splendid summer.

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    1. Gardener,
      Welcome first-time commenter to my personal sands of contemplation. Thank you for the kind words about the post. I’m lucky to have a wonderful collaborator for this walk. For me, Amy has a wonderful way of capturing seasons. How did you find out about Beach Walk Reflections?

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    1. Ritva,
      The fact you find my words very applicable in Finland makes me smile. Thank you. For me, Amy has a way of capturing the outdoors that touches me – therefore the reason why I’ve approached her about collaborating for all four seasons. 🙂 Glad you enjoy her works.

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  24. A perfect collaboration again, Frank! Love your musings and Amy’s photos. Summer – well summer is getting a bad reputation …heatwaves and fires… Up here in Sweden summer is getting hotter and hotter. Not many have got an AC in this country – but I feel we will soon have to install one…

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    1. Ann-Christine,
      Glad you enjoyed Amy’s wonderful photos to go along with my words. I’m already looking forward to what she provides for autumn! The Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada are getting extreme heat, so I feel for them and other regions like yours dealing with this abnormality. And to think July isn’t half over!!!! Stay safe!

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