Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Magical Summer Days

I’m so relaxed and mellow I’m having a hard time getting kick-started into action. Today I’m working on a sewing project/tutorial I thought about on vacation. Hopefully I can finish and post about it tomorrow—although I’m not making a promise as I’m feeling totally blissed-out right now which underscores the whole point about vacations.

In the meantime, here are more photographs I took on our trip.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Dandelion Closeup

We were driving through Utah and saw humongous dandelions on the side of the road. A screeching halt ensued and I jumped out to get a photo. I’m working on improving my macro-photography skills which are nonexistent and thought this would be a good subject. No macro lens or extensions tubes were used, simply my basic camera set-up.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Field of Flowers

Exactly across the highway from the dandelions was this field of flowers with a house situated in the back. I love the serenity invoked by the whole scene and tried to capture the feeling with my camera.

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year; some of the many things I love about it include:

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Watermelon
  • The sweet juiciness of a freshly-picked watermelon warm from the sun.
  • The sound of a lawn mower in action along with its accompanying fragrance of fresh-mown grass.
  • The drone of an airplane flying overhead taking passengers to some adventure or another.
  • Laughing children with their constant refrain of “Marco” … “Polo” as they splash happily about in a pool.
  • Water lapping at the ocean’s edge (I so miss this sound)
  • The deliciousness of honeysuckles offering up their perfume.
  • The buzz of fat lazy bees tasting one flower after another.
  • Reading a book on a chaise lounge or hammock outside and falling asleep.
  • The warmth of the sun on my face.
  • Ensconcing myself on a blanket in the grass at night to watch for shooting stars.
  • The brilliance of lightning during a monsoon storm.
  • The clang of halyards hitting masts on boats at the docks (another sound I miss).
What summer magic enthralls you?


Storybook Woods said...

The joys of summer is the slow motion, so enjoy it. I will have to say summer is usually my lest favorite season but this year I am loving it. My favorite thing, to walk outside barefoot and have breakfast (homemade yogurt and fresh fruit) in my garden. xoxoxox Clarice

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful pictures again Junie Moon! I love lightning bugs, the sound of cicadas at dusk and grilling!

Aim said...

June, your trip looks like it was a blast! What a great way to spend your vacation. Aren't digital cameras the bomb?! I love your photos, especially Antelope Canyon, how amazing and hauntingly beautiful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

June I just wrote a long comment and blogger ate it! :-(

I the dandelion close up! I have to learn how to take better macro photos also.

My summer magics are growing and then eating some vegetables in my backyard..there is noting better for me than the first juicy red tomato of summer! I also grow strawberries and raspberries and figs and savor them all!

Hunny Bunny said...

What wonderful photos. I really love the one of the house in field of flowers, it's divine.
Summer isn't my favorite time of year but I love watermelon for breakfast, taking the kids swimming at the lake, and most importantly summer vacation! I love having the kids around.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Gorgeous photos June! I've never seen a dandelion look so good. LOL

Love sewing tutorials! Can't wait to see what you've come up with.

Kimberly :)

Diane Schuller said...

oH do continue with that blissed out feeling June!

Wow, "The sweet juiciness of a freshly-picked watermelon warm from the sun." ... I enjoy the sunwarmed wild strawberries but never even thought about watermelon being picked somewhere ;~)

To answer your question, what I enjoy about summer:
- those sunwarmed wild strawberries
- the flutter of the quaking aspen leaves
- how a gentle breeze billows sheers at an open window
- the scent of fresh rain
- not having to wear layers
- sandals and no boots
- the golden hour in summer is the best.

Love your photos June!

shenry said...

I'll add mine: Sitting on my front porch Sunday mornings, while sipping coffee, reading the news paper, and watching the neighborhood.

nicolette said...

The pictures are wonderful June!!
I love to see other peoples Holiday fun! I travel to all kinds of mysterious places while visiting blogs!

I love Summer, but I dislike the holiday stress, so we like to stay at home. My husband wanders around the world all year so he likes to be at home too.