#August Flora and Fauna – Wordless Wednesday

Beach grass.
River birches along the beach. I love to watch their silver leaves blowing in the breeze off the lake.
Fall flower beds at the entrance to the park.
Woodland path in the park – an example of a Carolinian forest according to the sign. I intend to walk this some day when tick season is over, as it is home to a snowy white owl and many species of birds.
Another park with beautiful beds. I’m always happy to see pinks in the park.
A shady spot to sit and watch the water.
A riot of color in front of a riverside condo.
My harvest of “novelty” purple bush beans. The verdict – pretty color – tasted like a bean when sampled raw – but somehow lacking in flavor once cooked.
Zinnias for sale at the farmers market.
Walking past the dill reminds me of my mother canning pickles.
Summer fruit…..one of the best things about August.
And now for the fauna part – kittens at a fruit stand out in the country.
A big attraction for the kids.
And last but not least – my new summer favorite flavor. Hey, it’s green!

32 thoughts on “#August Flora and Fauna – Wordless Wednesday

  1. Anne says:

    I love this! Every picture was worth returning to for a second look. I enjoy the variety and the colours – you convey a feeling that this is a beautiful time of the year; one to treasure and revisit during your icy winters. I laughed out aloud at the key lime icecream: green icecream has been a favourite of mine ever since I can remember. It was the first thing my grandchildren wanted when they landed in South Africa from Norway, where they now live.

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    • Joni says:

      Thanks Anne. August is a beautiful month, esp. once the heat of the summer is less intense. I had never had lime ice cream before this summer – it’s actually a mixture of ice cream and lime sherbet swirled together, so the ice cream cuts the sweetness of the sherbet.

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  2. Kate Crimmins says:

    Stunning flowers! Locally some are doing well and some are fading as the summer is coming to an end. Hopefully my flowers will hump out until first frost in October. I get tired of mums so I don’t like to put them in early.

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  3. Dave says:

    The woodland path sure looks inviting, Joni, but my favorite will always be something with a shoreline in it (ex. your first photo). Hearkens back to my favorite memories as a child, whiling away the day on the sand. Looks exactly like one of your mother’s paintings!

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    • Joni says:

      Me too Dave – I have another WW planned for next week or the following with more beach pictures. I think I might do a blog series of the seasons on that woodland path sometime , if there is enough of interest to be seen. I’m not even sure how long it is, but I would really like to see that snowy owl – he’s probably a night owl though!

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    You take wonderful photos. The details and colors are spectacular. I like birch trees, too. We have some around our house and they are interesting all year long. As for your purple beans, unique, never heard of them, but worth growing for the sheer joy of weirdness. They add a festive touch.

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    • Joni says:

      Thanks Ally! Considering that I’m using a 2005 digital camera and an old cell phone, they didn’t turn out too bad. Of course I take a lot of photos. My new cell phone takes crappy pictures, not something I thought about when I traded up so I tend to use the old one. I really need something with a better zoom lens.

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  5. Linda Schaub says:

    What a nice collection of photos for all what the Summer season offers Joni. I never thought of a combo of red and yellow together, but those Salvias and Black-eyed Susans look striking together. All the flowers you have here look so perfect, so I’m guessing they have sprinkler systems to keep them so fresh looking during the drough-like conditions we dealt with most of the Summer. That Key Lime pie ice cream sounds good. My mom used to make Key Lime Pie with the meringue and chocolate crust. It’s been years since I had it though. The roadside stand with the dill and your pictures of Summer fruits is just as inviting as picking up one of those sweet kittens.

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    • Joni says:

      Thanks Linda. The flowers are from different city parks, and are maintained by the city maintenance staff. I have seen their trucks around with a big round container of water taking up the whole back end, so I’m assuming they are watered and weeded constantly. They always look so perfect, no matter the whole season. I hope you are having a good Labor Day weekend, and assume you have Monday off? It’s been overcast but kind of chilly and gloomy out, trying to rain but doesn’t – not a nice weekend.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        No wonder they stay so nice then Joni. I don’t know if they have any water trucks like that in our parks. I was off on Monday and did not do much but try to organize the groceries and only half done with that as I write this. It was hot on Saturday and overcast and gloomy. Didn’t want to go more than a few miles as I have a small leak in the car which I have to take in on Thursday. It’s been quite a year of annoyances and I hope that the second half of September and October I can have to myself without any appointments except a flu and COVID shot. We are supposed to have a warm September and October is what I’ve heard.

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    • Joni says:

      PS. I like Key Lime Pie too, but have never had it with chocolate crust. Red Lobster has good key lime pie, but we don’t have one here so I buy a grocery store frozen brand which is equally as good. Only in the summer though!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It’s been years since I went to Red Lobster and did not know about their Key Lime Pie. That chocolate crust was delicious, then the lime and meringue on the top. I like the idea of a grocery store frozen brand – no muss, no fuss and delicious. Yes in Winter would be too cold to enjoy!

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  6. J P says:

    Lovely photos! The way this year is speeding by, it had not yet occurred to me to appreciate the brightly colored flowers before they’re gone.

    I had never considered key lime ice cream. For me, lime has been a fruit best used for garnishes with mixed drinks and Mexican food, so I wonder how I would like it as an ice cream flavor.

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