Pick a series of photos from your collection that symbolizes summer to you. Write a reflection on the summer photo choices.You can see Christy's pictures, here, and read her thoughts about and gratitude for the Sibling Outings that Christy, Carol, and I go on. Carol's summer has been defined by walking at least 10,000 steps a day: her pictures and thoughts are here.
Every summer as the mildness of spring starts to give way to the heat of summer, I dread summer's arrival. I dread the heat and the harsh light of cloudless days. Here in Maryland, I dread the humidity. I also dread the dry heat of where I come from, North Idaho -- and I dread the roar of the inevitable wildfires there.
And, yet, over the past few years, it's been in the good old summertime when I've done some of my favorite traveling, some of it with the Deke, some of it alone, and several jaunts with my sisters.
Looking at my pictures, I'm struck by the variety of places I've visited and the contrasts in the images, so I am going to post some pictures that, I hope, express my gratitude for the good fortune I have had to make some trips, to see good friends, spend time with family, and to make the most of the good old summertime.
Some of my travels have been to small towns in North Idaho that are practically deserted. My sisters and I went on a Sibling Outing back in 2011 to Avery, Idaho and, later that day, drove around Clarkia.
In contrast to these rural North Idaho towns, in 2012, I traveled for about eight days in New York City, my first (and so far, only) visit. I loved the grandeur of New York City and kept trying to take pictures that reflected the deep impression its cityscape made upon me:
|Looking Across the East River from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade|
|Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge|
I also enjoyed taking candid pictures of people in Manhattan and Brooklyn. This shot comes from Washington Square in Greenwich Village:
|The Pigeons of Washington Square|
|Happy to Have Her Picture Taken|
|Mark and Peter at Newport|
But the summer started with some travel with the Deke. We went out to Battle Ground, Indiana for a family reunion on the Deke's mother's side of the family and to drop in and out of the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering.
Maybe the best part of that trip was Aunt Suzy's and also Lisa's screened in porches. These are comfortably furnished porches where the air moves through, the bugs stay out, and where people can sit around and yak with each other, knit, make plans, drink, and eat some food:
|Lisa's Screened In Porch|
Still, couldn't it be a little cooler?