Foxglove Moments

June 22, 2014

Summer returned to this hillside yesterday, surging up the river valley like a great green tidal wave.

I worked outside most of the day, pruning rhododendrons, then in late afternoon threw a small welcome-back party, just myself, a doe, two squirrels, the chipmunk, and approximately 20 hummingbirds--the way they come and go, it was hard to keep count.

The raccoons sent their regrets--they were traveling.

An eagle staged a fly-over to mark the occasion, as I sat under the broad-leaf maple, the sun winking through the leaves, and celebrated with simple fare of pita bread, hummus and olives, while listening to Beethoven's Pastoral.

A quiet, quite perfect solstice celebration...

Summer, I missed you.