It’s mid-August, and the summer is winding down as nature begins her descent into autumn. It always seems to happen so fast! We’re bumping along through July, swimming & sweating, and then, all of a sudden…
The sunset graces the sky a little earlier, the goldenrod is in full bloom, the backyard gardens are developing the last of their summer crops, the goldfinches are gathering the thistle seedheads to make their nests, a few cool nights stop by for a visit, and the walnut trees are boasting their green fruit and yellowing leaves (picture below). And of course, the Staples commercials…
This time of year makes me sigh. Summer is such a high point – flexible schedules and more free time for families, ripe fruit, sunny skies, rainbows after a thunderstorm, and hikes to fill all the senses. Somehow those last few weeks of August always seem to slip on by. Getting ready for back to school, trying to get in last-minute vacations and catching up with friends steals our attention and we can miss the last of summer’s natural splendor.
The meadows are still bursting here, and August is a great time to see an array of multi-colored insects, as the goldenrod (often mistaken for the wind-pollinated ragweed, the bane of allergy sufferers) attracts a variety of pollinators and vibrant beetles. We’ve been peppered with almost 6 inches of rain over the last few days, and some last-minute growth is sure to take place! Butterflies of all colors are still flitting, squirrels are starting their cold-weather nests, and juvenile birds are quickly learning the survival skills they need. It won’t be long before migration starts!
I’m planning to take the time to bask in the last days of August this year. There’s still much left to enjoy with the buzzing insects, sunshine-and-shadow leaf mosaics, and statuesque wildflowers bending in the breeze. As nature takes a breath, starting to see the end of the harvest season on the horizon, it’s a good time to take stock of any last-minute things we’ll need to do before the season ends, and then to seize the days as they come!
May your eyes catch the sunsets, your ears be graced by the sounds of the earth, and your heart lifted in the cool breeze as we wind down the summer. There is still much joy to be harvested! 🙂
Love & Light,