Goodbye Summer, we hardly knew ya’

Summer was like a shy stranger, here in the Virginia highlands: she sometimes waved from the distance but never really joined the dance. And now it appears she took the fast train South, leaving behind her blooming meadows which thrived despite her benign neglect.

Field of wildflowers

Field of wildflowers

Can you believe she just up and left?

Goldenrod behind the fence

Goldenrod behind the fence

How could she leave all of this behind?

Late summer wildflowers

Late summer wildflowers

Her pink and white dresses strewn across the field, recklessly:

Pink grasses and fleabane

Pink grasses and fleabane

And so much yellow, her favorite color – probably because she really adores Sunshine, her elder sister:

Yellow wildflowers

Yellow wildflowers

I wished you’d stayed a bit longer….I had my patio table set up and kept watermelon juice with mint leaves in the fridge, in case you came over for a visit.

At least say hello to my Australian friends when you see them.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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30 Responses to Goodbye Summer, we hardly knew ya’

  1. dogear6 says:

    I totally agree. It was a very moderate summer, which is unseasonable for this neck of the woods. And now we’re getting actual fall-like weather. Strange. . .

    Nancy

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  2. Annette, I don’t always respond to your posts, but I love them. It’s a little shot of beauty in my day…and I love the consistency of your spirit and your message in all your posts. I always know I’m going to open something wonderful when I click on your links.

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  3. JF says:

    Wonderful post and photos! Thank you, Annette!

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  4. seedbud says:

    What a gorgeous post! Great photos and words. (Hmmm watermelon juice.) These photos need to enlarged and hung on the walls to get us through March when here in New England we begin to doubt that winter will ever end – or that there really is a summer.

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    • Thank you, Seedbud – I am re-designing my wall space and one of these wildflower meadow pics definitely has a place there. I think Mother Nature has changed her rules – now there are only two seasons: one cold, the other kind of warmish….:-)

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  5. Barneysday says:

    Our seasons are just beginning to change here. It was in the 100’s early in the week, yesterday 76. The leaves are beginning to drop and the mornings are cooler. We hope it all stay that way, as we’ve had a very warm and dry summer. Here’s looking to fall!!!

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  6. Being that fall is my favorite time of year, I’m a happy camper🙂 Beautiful picture of summer’s splendor, though!

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  7. Annette, this is just beautifully written. I love how you address “Summer.” And you’re right, she didn’t hang around long this year, did she?

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  8. What a great post. Your words are are evocative, with the images perfectly attuned.

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  9. The LIKE buttons aren’t sticking today, but I had a good time camping out here today. I tried to leave nine or ten likes.

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  10. mpejovic says:

    Those goldenrod flowers are so beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like it. I wish we could have shared some of our never-ending summer in San Diego with you. This summer has been heatwave after heatwave, and September and October are the hottest months of the year. We’ve already had 108 temperatures for a week, otherwise 90+ is the norm. I really, really wish we had a fall season here. Hopefully you’ll post some very nice pictures of fall on your blog to compensate.🙂

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