The Domestic Triumphs of August

August 23, 2015

Grasses and lavender, late summer

Grasses and lavender, late summer

“Spring was a fever and autumn will be a regret, but this is the month of its own successful achievement to be more than barely sentient. . . . August is the month when the solid and the domestic triumph, when the prudent come into their own.  The very birds, whose springtime was devoted to love and music, are now responsible parents who have forgotten how to sing.  The early flowers of the woods waved their brief blossoms and are forgotten, but the roadside and the fields are taken over now by the strong, coarse, and confident weeds.”
— Joseph Wood Krutch, The Twelve Seasons: A Perpetual Calendar for the Country

Weeds with empty kiddie pool

Weeds with empty kiddie pool

Dried hydrangea with picket fence

Dried hydrangea with picket fence

 

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One Response to “The Domestic Triumphs of August”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    “Responsible parents who have forgotten how to sing…” Oh, isn’t that the truth! I have young bluejays, cardinals, sparrows and mockingbirds following their parents around, and believe me, some of those parents are so clear in their appreciation for the raisins, blueberries, shelled sunflower and pecans I put out, it’s amusing.


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