Summers End~

Late summer blooms,

invite afternoon strolls,

in Riding Mountain National Park.

Flutters follow,

your fragrant footsteps.

Flowers rejoice,

in September sun.

We are home now but it is still, cheers to you from Riding Mountain National Park~

244 thoughts on “Summers End~

  1. Nature gives us its beauty with its flowers, its animals, its trees and you bring us those wonders with your photos that are a spectacle for the eyes. It’s like writing a poem full of music and color. Regards.

  2. Anonymous

    Yes, a beautiful end to summer with gorgeous flowers and blooms, butterflies too. Every season brings its own kind of beauty with opportunities and nature to enjoy the great outdoors and appreciate what God has given us.

    1. Cindy, the above reply/comment is mine. I was having trouble logging into the WordPress and Gravatar site and had to update some things on my profile when I saw that my gravatar profile did not come up, So, sorry if you were confused or wondering who replied with this comment. It was me. 🙂 It did the same thing on one of the other recent posts you did when I commented and tried logging in.

  3. Thank you for more BEAUTIFUL photos. I especially savor the butterfly images! I still can’t wrap my brain around how two tiny potato-chip-sized wings can carry these extraordinary creatures for hundred/thousands of miles…

    1. Yes, I feel the same marvel at hummingbirds and their migration. They fly back and forth across The Gulf of Mexico each year some flying as far north as Canada. The monarch migrate here in November and this year I plan to be around to get their photos.

  4. Joseph N. Scudder

    These are absolutely beautiful words with images. We are in the opposite season here in northern U.S.A. where is it is crisp and and maple trees are turning crimson. I have not yet been to Riding Mountain National Park. I will read about it.


    Joe Scudder

  5. Joseph N. Scudder

    Sorry, I was confusing you with an artist who does street art in Chile. I have been to Manitoba and Alberta to downhill ski.

  6. This is an incredibly beautiful post, Cindy. Your photos are stunning! Thank you for bringing such beautiful scenes, especially for me as I am seeing how groups of violent protesters are destroying the beautiful city of Barcelona!

  7. What a wonderful way of presenting a colourful and cheerful farewell post to summer, Cindy! I like each and every photo, but especially the butterfly pictures. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Curtis Mekemson

    Lovely photos as always, Cindy. And yes, fall is in the air, probably much more so at Riding Mountain National park than in Southern Ca. –Curt

  10. Those photos make me a little wistful for the summer sunshine and butterflies. It’s wet and warm now but the cold comes and goes. I could hang those photos on my wall and have summer all year long. Love them.

      1. I’ll trade you your rain for our heat. Rain would be heaven now here, it will be 90F tomorrow, and the fires are starting, this next week will be the danger time for burning. So your rain, send it please, and I will send you the sun, if only we could <3

  11. They may be late summer blooms, but they have to be the most beautiful! The colors are so wild and vibrant they are almost intoxicating… and what the photos have done for sure is made us look up Riding Mountain National Park, so we can be sure to visit it. Thank you for introducing the park to us!

  12. Ah, you still have shades of color, where we have shades of gold-to-brown. I did see a Monarch in our garden yesterday, but it should be heading your way soon on the back end of a low with southerly breezes. We got two garden beds cleaned up yesterday (and I found about a ten pumpkins playing hide-and-seek in a field of goldenrod) and will get them under a blanket of mulch before winter. – Oscar

    1. I think I would love your place Oscar. You are a smart person and you are right, the Monarchs are coming here in their annual migration and should arrive in early November. I see them at The Holler, but not enmass, because I have never timed it right to go where they are. This time I am determined to be there, and time it right. They are floating, thousand mile flying, marvels of God!
      Be well my friend.

      1. I have sent he colonies wintering over in Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove areas in the past. Those host thousands at a time, whereas our garden as a few scattered here and there. I keep spreading milkweed seeds every year, giving them more habitats (shhhhh, don’t tell my neighbors where all their milkweed it coming from… they just think its nature sowing the seeds).

    1. Yes. It’s true. Each season has it’s own distinctive sensory inputs which become imprinted on our subconscious. I know when fall is here because because my senses tell me. Thank you Josh & be well.

  13. It’s nice to get away, but it’s nice to get back home, right, Cindy? Lovely photos here — rather sad that we’ll be seeing snow before too much longer though!

    1. Yes, it is good to be home, but this exact week, this year, is the week we wait for fires. This is the hottest it gets here before winter comes. I would love some of your snow, and you might love some of my sun. This is the way it always is with us humans.

      1. Oh, we don’t have snow yet!!! We have gorgeous Fall weather, cool and sunny. The snows, I hope, won’t arrive until December. I hate that you’re battling fires — maybe a rain dance is in order??

    1. I hear cold weather has come to the east coast. We just left Death Valley where the temps were mid 70’s to return to The Holler where it is actually hotter. 81F today which is very odd for November 7. Stay warm.

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