Reflecting on Summer

As a teacher summer ends when I return to school. No calendar that marks the first day of autumn changes my mind. Tomorrow summer is over.

I am ready for school, teaching, learning, and autumn. It was a summer of trips, finding beauty, celebrations, laughter, sadness, challenges, entertainment, good food, and quiet times.

I saw most parts of Washington state. I never went camping, but enjoyed the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and a lovely cottage rental.

 I discovered that fertilizer is a big key to beautiful  flowers. ( I always forget to fertilize.) The weather made our cycle of flowers very unpredictable this year, but I am pleased with the results.

With my siblings we traveled to parts of central Idaho I hadn't been to in over thirty years. I am proud to be born and raised in the beautiful state of Idaho.

There were birthdays, family visits, trips to the theater, dinner out, and company here. All of it was lovely.

 Now the slower days, the sleeping in, the late nights watching the stars, and the long trips are over for another year. Now I can sit back and watch the beautiful colors of autumn unfold around me when I return from school each day.

The Beauty Around Home

Recently I have had the opportunity to appreciate and photograph beauty right around my area of northeastern Washington. Above is my niece Zoe taking in the beauty at Lake Ellen.
 The picture above is at French Rock on Lake Roosevelt.
On a trip to Lake Ellen I took advantage of the beauty of a  milkweed plant.
Scenic Lake Ellen is about twenty minutes from my house. It is beautiful all year round.
Evergreens and filtered light make for a lovely contrast.
Here is my niece Zoe again. She is looking for photo ops at Lake Ellen.

Joy of Gardening

"If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more
than you can imagine, plant a garden. " ~Robert Brault

The Flowers of August

 I do have a love hate relationship with August.
The heat brings lots of vegetables to maturity. The heat also fries some of the flowers I love dearly. I will not show the uglies today... just the beauties.

We don't have much humidity so leaves and vines get burned pretty easily when the weather is over ninety degrees for more than a week.Fortunately sunflowers love heat.

I do have some other beauties that thrive on heat. Lilies love heat!My husband's care of watering of the plants while I was gone made a big difference also.
 Enjoy the flowers of August.

And Here We Have Idaho

Last week my sister, brother, and me did our first sibling trip since we have all been married. We decided to explore a part of Idaho each of us had only driven through. What a scenic trip we had. 

We started the trip from Montana and Lolo Pass and then drove along the Lochsa River.

We stayed along the river for two nights enjoying the quiet beauty of central Idaho.
Next we explored the Selway River which joins the Lochsa to make the Clearwater.
Taking pictures is a big part of what we love to do when we get together. There was never a lack of photo opportunities.Here is my brother at the Old Lochsa Forest Service Station.

Here is my sister at the Selway River. It was a relaxing trip and it gave us time to laugh, talk, share concerns, figure out things that needed figuring out, time to eat good meals, have good drinks, and sit around and start the day on the deck of the cabin drinking coffee. Not bad at all.