August Days

August 23, 2013

“Nature has, for the most part, lost her delicate tints in August. . . . The spirit of Nature has grown bold and aggressive; it is rank and coarse; she flaunts her weeds in our faces.”
— John Burroughs, “August Days”

Dried ferns

Dried ferns

“August days are for the most part tranquil days; the fret and hurry of the season are over.  We are on the threshold of autumn.  Nature dreams and meditates; her veins no longer thrill with the eager, frenzied sap; she ripens and hardens her growths; she concentrates; she begins to make ready for winter.”
— John Burroughs, “Autumn Days”

We’ve had a drier-than-normal summer so far, so things are definitely weedy and seedy around here.  Here are some images from a recent walk about my neighborhood:

Dried fern

Dried fern

Bindweed

Bindweed

Is this yarrow?

Is this yarrow?

Seed heads

Seed heads

Rose hips

Rose hips

Watercolor sketch of rose hips

Watercolor sketch of rose hips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Responses to “August Days”

  1. Chris Says:

    Looks like yarrow to me! I have a love/hate relationship with August! 🙂

  2. shadowlilies Says:

    Does look like yarrow…beautiful photos!

  3. Lisa Says:

    I believe it is yarrow. I love the rose hip watercolor. Beautiful! I was wondering how you do the Polaroid looking frame around your images?

  4. shoreacres Says:

    I realized I hadn’t a clue where rose “hips” got their name. Now I know! You can find the etymology here .

    The good Mr. Burroughs would have a different view of August if he spent it on the Gulf coast!

  5. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Beautiful rose hips photo and sketch! I like the first fern photo, too–the beauty in unexpected places.


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