Late summer is a languid time of year,
here in the foothills of the Cascade mountains
of western Washington state.
It is so quiet that you can hear the dry leaves drop,
the buzz of an insect as it flies by,
and the fluffing of feathers in the underbrush.
Something that the robins appreciate as they listen
for grubs and worms.
Can you see Mr. Robin on the fence rail?
Red Huckleberries brighten up the shadows.
They grow in the highly acidic soil
around rotting cedar stumps.
A favorite of the birds - thimble-berries
ripen above their large, maple-like leaves.
These form large colonies in the shade of the
Whitey Bear hears a stick snap.......
We all go on high alert.
It is just a small herd of deer across the way.
We relax and move on, leaving them in peace.
Can you see Charlie, the little black dachshund that
I am pet-sitting, down along the bend?
He is always in motion and I am unable to get a clear
photo of him! He is searching for critter burrows.
He loves to dig :)
He will be going home soon and we are going to miss him.
He's been such a happy little presence.
The blackberry blossoms are pink in the shade......
and white in the sunshine.
The blackberries are sweet and delicious
this year, despite the drought.
I am not the only one who thinks so!
It's always nice to stop for a quick snack :)
Douglas spirea is a native shrub with delightful,
fuzzy flowers that also dry well for arrangements.
Ocean spray is a tall, arching shrub with white, frothy
flowers resembling 'ocean spray'.
The flowers also dry beautifully to a lovely
The slender branches are extremely strong
and were used by native peoples to make arrow shafts.
An interesting moth on a mossy rock.
It was on the large size - about an inch and a half.
Nature provides wonderful camouflage.
Dried seed heads of the wildflower, avens,
back-lit by the late afternoon sun.
Oregon grape ripens to a dusky blue,
hence the name. These are edible and
grow on a low, arching, evergreen plant
with toothed leaves. These form lovely
colonies and are used in native landscaping.
Here they grow alongside my driveway.
Tiger swallowtails enjoy the fragrant butterfly bush
growing along the edge of the clearing.
As we get close to home, we see the apples
These are left to the wild things, as they
are too wormy :(
The tansy is blooming, but has fallen here and there
from our recent rain.
No matter........it is harvested for its pungent leaves
to use for moth sachets.
The button-like blossoms dry nicely, too.
A cute grasshopper keeps its eye on me
as I take his cameo.
I enjoy sitting here under the shade of the cedar tree
on a hot afternoon.
You can see how brown the grass is from our recent drought.
We went 55 days without rain, breaking the record.
Our walk is over - we arrive at the gate.
The lower area around the house is completely
fenced to keep the dogs corralled.
The house sits behind a cedar grove.
You can see dry needles are already falling
around the base of this beauty.
A ground-beetle along the walkway.
This one is not alive.
I suspect a dog stepped on it.
These beetles eat grubs.
My side window with pots of red impatiens,
blue lobelia and creeping Jenny.
Ramblin' Man took a hanging basket off the deck
that had seen better days and plopped it
into my little red wheelbarrow to move it
elsewhere. It looked so pretty, I told him to
leave it there.
I found the bench arbor last year at the end of the
season deeply discounted, and we put it together
this spring. I am coaxing a honeysuckle vine to grow
up the side.
It matches my rose arbor.
The roses are tired and have stopped blooming
Mt. Rainier's snows have been melting,
exposing its rock face.
Did you notice the crow at the top of the tree?
He is waiting for his friends.......
And off they go as the setting sun
reflects on mountain snows.
The end of another lovely day.
Time to go inside as the moths begin to play.
Thank-you for coming along on my Late Summer Stroll,
And thank-you for your always kind comments.
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