beauty everywhere

Summer doesn’t suit me well.

I’m like a fish out of water, in that my naturally melancholic personality is forced to face sunshine and retro sunglasses, instead of it’s liking of dark, cold evenings and warm fireplaces.

There is no hunt in the summer.

No hunt for hidden beauty, no discovery of secrets.

Or so I think.

Sitting on the newly cleaned picnic table – discovered in the waters of our fishing spot – it takes no less than one minute for beauty to find me.


I simply had to steer off the common path of daily life to notice,


and be open to it’s offering.


So, maybe summer doesn’t fit me well compared to others. Or maybe I’ve got something against the sun and it’s never-ending happiness provocation.


But no matter what I feel, each season, I’ve found, will find a perfect way to find me.



33 thoughts on “beauty everywhere

  1. Oh, what a cute frog and of course that little doggie is adorable! Did you find gray kitty? I hope you did. I know what you mean, summer is not my favorite season either. I love Autumn and Winter the most.

  2. Great photos! While the extreme heat is a little much around these parts, I’m not really looking forward to the extreme cold, either! However, I have to admit, once the snow starts flying, I love hanging out in front the fireplace 🙂

  3. I am with you — not a summer girl. I think my homebody, contemplative side likes the idea of cold, dreary weather and being curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee. Summer is so always cheery and out-and-about and that’s not me.

      • Does this mean you’re also not a beach person? My ideal vacation is somewhere in the mountains in a cabin! My husband had to twist my arm to get me to agree to our honeymoon in Hawaii! It was beautiful, but I haven’t had the craving to go back. Not like I feel about going back to my temporary home in Alaska. Miss that place!

      • I don’t mind the beach, although I look like an old lady in my big hat and full-piece suit. But a choice between the beach or the mountains? The latter, for sure. If you get a chance to stay in Wyoming (maybe you have) – beautiful. We stayed in a cabin in July a few years back, and there was still snow on the ground. Ah, heavenly.

  4. I love your blog 🙂 It makes me not despair quite so much when my husband thinks about getting a job in South Dakota 😀 I think, “Well, at least my life will be as beautiful as the country man’s wife!”

  5. This post is terrific! I’m not a summer person either, and though I yearn for crisp days and heavy sweaters, I’m always amazed by the many delights of summer.

  6. I’m the same way. My fave season is fall by far. Summer is okay in small doses. I usually end up complaining about the humidity. Give me crisp cool air, football and apple pie!

    By the way, have you ever thought of putting all your photos and words together in a book?

  7. So odd to hear you describe yourself as melancholy since your posts always make ME so happy … but I do know a little bit how you feel, I think. I used to feel out of my element in San Francisco because it was just too beautiful. And too cold and foggy. So you ended up feeling too grateful for the sunshine, when in my Colorado heart, I wanted to just take it for granted, and have it spill out all over. It’s so funny how the weather and seasons affect us, isn’t it? I love your froggy …. so sweet and funny!

    • I am glad my posts make you happy!
      We have received some really nice rains these past two nights, which makes the heat more bearable. This drought has been difficult at times… and let’s not even talk about the garden!
      I am so enjoying the work you are doing and learning about H.I.!

  8. I like summer because it means we get to spend time with our grandchildren, but fall is my favorite season. It makes me reflective instead of anticipatory (hmm…maybe I should do a blog post on that!). I like how you discovered something unexpected that made you smile. Handsome fellow, that frog!

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