Welcome, Summer

Or Farewell, Spring, perhaps.  Saying goodbye to cooler temperatures, the bold chirps of frogs, the bright yellow-green of new leaves makes me a little sad.  It used to be that I loved summer, that I couldn’t wait for the season to arrive – for obvious reasons – no school or work or obligations (hard to imagine a time like that existed) only long, lazy days of snoozing in the hammock, getting lost in books, trudging around in the deep, green woods behind my childhood home, staying up late, and 10-hour days at the local swimming pool.  Spending so much time diving and splashing that the smell of chlorine on my skin lingered into fall; my fingertips were wrinkled raisins, and at night in bed I could feel and hear the water still sloshing around in my ears.

Summer now – here in Oklahoma – is a time to hide away from the relentless glare of the sun and the heavy blanket of humidity – air that blasts and steamrollers its way up from the Gulf of Mexico.  Kel and I stay indoors from noon to about 7 pm and then we emerge cautiously, tender eyes blinking in the still bright evening sun that lingers over the tree line to the east.  Only a few months to wait until winter.

Purple Flowers An Unrefined Vegan

Clematis An Unrefined Vegan

Clover An Unrefined Vegan

Grasses An Unrefined Vegan

Oak Leaves An Unrefined Vegan

Clematis An Unrefined Vegan

 

 

12 thoughts on “Welcome, Summer

  1. Steve

    Same here! Loved summer as a child, now I hide from the oppressive heat and humidity and eagerly await autumn. (Winter is too cold here to really desire its arrival.)

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Glad I’m not the only one! Fall has become my favorite season, with Spring a close second. Thankfully the winters here aren’t too bad, though this past one was pretty rough.

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  2. veganelder

    Great pics…and happy solstice to y’all. Years ago when living in Florida I decided that the heat/humidity was definitely the reason for the slow-talking and slow-walking stereotype associated with southerners. Breaking into a sweat because of speaking too fast is no fun. 🙂

    I’ll be glad when October gets here. 🙂

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I think you’re right – – who can move quickly in heat like this! Siesta time!

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  3. biggsis

    Lovely thoughts and photos. We too hide away part of the afternoon from the Tennessee heat and humidity.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      On the other hand, it’s a great excuse to put one’s feet up and drink iced tea…

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Angela – I think it is a wild bee balm. There’s a whole patch of them in the pasture and it makes me so happy each year to see them.

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  4. The Vegan 8

    My favorite time of the year is definitely a tie between Spring and Fall, I love them both here in Texas because they are such comfortable weather…not too hot and not too cold. I love Spring because of all the beautiful flowers, no doubt!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      The heat of summer just takes it out of me! I think Oklahoma and Texas have very similar summers.

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