Monday, August 29, 2011

The Gift of Rain and Hummingbird Wars

This morning we had RAIN!  Glorious, glorious rain!  I settled on the patio with my coffee and camera and thoroughly enjoyed the cooler air and the fresh scent and sweet sounds of rain.  I had hoped to get some snaps of the hummingbirds that started visiting again (once I had the presence of mind to refill the feeder!)  And sure enough I was treated to a show ... another round of "The Hummingbird Wars".  

Two males are involved in a turf war  - and they get so wrapped up in their chase that I become downright invisible to them ... they buzz around my head and shoulders as though I was just another tree-like obstacle in their path.  The entire production reminds me of war jets in a military "dog fight" ... and several times they've actually brushed my cheek or arm.  Great fun to watch them, but impossible to catch with a still camera.  Next time I'll try to have video ready to go!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bone Dry

Bone Dry

These last days of summer have left me weary.
Heat has climbed,
and climbed, reaching
the two crows on their wire,
fading blue black to dust.
The geraniums, cooking in clay pot
once succeeding brilliant
look uncertain, plain...

My energy lags...
clever wit gone dry as my garden.
Brittle thoughts rustle,
cracked and withered in the glare.

I watch the sky for rain.

Copyright ©2000 Susan Kennedy

 We've come so close to breaking the record for consecutive days over 100 degrees and I just wanted to smack the silly tv weather persons for hoping for it!  I'm pretty sure that in my little corner of Texas we did.  46 straight days of mostly 102-109 temps ... then a break of two days barely below 100 and we've started another heat streak.  Yesterday WAS a record-breaking 107 for the date in Texas. 

It's actually been too miserable outside past noon each day to enjoy summer the way we normally do.  Pool and lake water is tepid at best, bathwater warm at worst and not worth the risk of blistered feet to get to it!  I could whine for a while about the loss of our more carefree, fun summer days, but that wouldn't make it any cooler, would it? We've made do with movies, trips to the library and walks after dark.  I'm just so thankful that the air conditioners in house and car are holding out for us and the threatened rolling blackouts haven't actually happened as yet and (though it's not enough) we are still allowed to water grass and shrubs 2X a week and sprinkler play with the kids & pets during that time becomes really special. I guess we'll know the true extent of the damage to root systems and foundation later.  First lack of time made my house & yard look sad and neglected ... now I have just a bit more time and there is not much left to tend!

I was so hoping to get back to the beach this summer, but Hub's vacation time has been put off, postponed and finally vetoed outright due to changes within his company. Scary stuff and there is always the sense that one dare not complain in this economy!  Now there is talk about working through the upcoming Labor Day holiday as well ... not a good thing ... and I worry about him.
School starts Monday and I feel for those poor teachers and students; heat does not make for happy, energetic instruction nor enthusiastic, cooperative learning!  Oh, what a good rain and cooler temps will do for the spirits around here as well as the green and flowering things!  Come on, Fall!!

***Note:  As you can see, I started working on this post last weekend - and never had time to finish it.  Not much has changed wrt the heat, that's for sure - other than we've truly beaten more than a few records now. I think we've now had 69 days of temps over 100 for the year. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Meek - McCarter Wedding

My first!  So many things could go wrong making a trip (with family in tow) to Louisiana for a first wedding shoot!  And it started badly with a botched car rental which caused us to nearly miss the rehearsal dinner entirely the night before!  But I think we recovered nicely for the actual event.

Heather is my sweet niece and so it was extra important to me that this special day was beautifully captured for her, Matt and little Alyssa.  What a precious little family they are now!  With nearly 400 shots from pre-wedding, ceremony and reception I can honestly say that I don't think I missed many of those special moments!  ;-)

Heather was a lovely bride:

We enjoyed a little playtime (but at least, Heather, I'm not posting the shots of you "pole dancing" in the church!  ;-)

Daddy couldn't resist another baby girl hug

Matt made a handsome groom, too ...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Is ...

Summer Is ... by Sparky2*
Summer Is ..., a photo by Sparky2* on Flickr.
Summer Is ...
... Long days with nights
that stretch as we like
Strong light that runs, plays,
melts into the wet
And soft expectations that allow -
and let and let
and let
us live it long.
~ Susan M. Kennedy