Tuesday, August 9, 2016

surrounded by beauty

Yesterday morning was sunny with low humidity, so I took a lovely walk in my neighborhood. The rest of this week is going to be hot and humid, so I take advantage of these cooler days outside whenever I can.

I enjoy looking at other people's pretty gardens as I pass by. Doesn't even feel like exercise when there's so much beauty to take in. And the mornings are so peaceful with most people at work ~ no traffic, just the sweet song of birds and hum of cicadas. I love small town living.

The tall, colorful zinnias in this neighbor's front yard always make me smile when I pass by. I must plant these next year! 

Now this is a creative idea to do with a tree stump, don't you think?

My walk also took me down to the lake. This is where my boys swam and fished when they were growing up, and is home to many geese and swans.

Sunsets on the lake are pretty spectacular, too. Sometimes, Brian and I walk down to the lake in the evening to just sit on the bench and watch the sunset. This photo was taken just a few weeks ago.

Back at home, my own butterfly garden is still thriving in the August heat.

I spied another swallowtail fluttering around yesterday afternoon, but it didn't stop long enough for me to get a close-up photo.

The Black-eyed Susans are at their peak right now ~ aren't they so pretty and cheery? I wish they'd last longer.

Another thing I love about living in a small town is that I can walk down the street and cut wildflowers from the side of the road.

I'm relishing these last few weeks of summer and lush beauty in my surroundings, as it certainly doesn't last long around here. Happy Wednesday, dear friends.


  1. You live in a lovely neighborhood, Melanie. And I can't help wishing that autumn would come here as quickly as it does where you live. And much more flamboyantly! You'll have to share pictures of it for me to sigh over.

  2. Gorgeous photos! Like you, I LOVE zinnias and plan to have them in garden next year == they are incredibly pretty.

  3. Beautiful! I love your butterfly garden and I think next year I will plant one for sure.

  4. What a lovely photo journey you just took us/me on. Thank you!

  5. Definitely my favorite thing to do, as you well know. Wish I knew the names of all the flowers I see.

  6. What a wonderful neighborhood you live in. Your butterfly garden is pretty. It is hard to capture some butterflies when they are flitting about, but I like this one flying among your flowers.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  7. What a beautiful time of year, I'm with you, trying to hold on to it before it fades into fall!

  8. Your gardens are lovely, Melanie! I planted some zinnias this year and the first one just bloomed!

  9. How nice that you live so close to a lake. Beautiful sunset photo. I enjoy my neighbor's gardens on my walks, too, and come home with lots of good ideas.

  10. Oh you have captured so much loveliness in your area, and yes plant some zinnias next year. I just love them...each one is different from the next ; always a surprise.

    Beautiful photos and I imagine that you are now suffering from the same weather as me...I swear it is worse now than the "Heat Dome" of awhile ago because the nights don't cool down! I was up at 4:30 this morning and it was 77 degrees with 81 percent humidity. And it just went up from there, ugh!! :)

  11. The area you live in does look beautiful...I often find flowers to clip walking down the alley's with Ginger. Nice that it's cool off a bit but sure hope the humidity goes down. You live close enough to a lake to walk to it...well that's pretty special. Nothing close to a lake by me and I love water so. Next week we're camping by a lake in MI, but at the moment forgot the name? I must be slow this year everytime I head out to get a photo of butterflies/hummingbirds their gone!

  12. You were lucky to sneak in a cooler day, even if it was brief! I know, I shouldn't complain about the summer heat, but it has truly been awful this year. I can't even bear to go out when the air feels like soup. But the good news is that we finally had a nice, long rain. Things should be greening up soon!


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