Cheerful Summer Pictures for Dark Winter Days
Can you believe it’s 2019?? Where in the world did the time go?
Now that we’re moving into the dark days of January (at least those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), with a good chunk of the US and Canada in the grip of winter, I thought it would be fun to do a post devoted entirely to beautiful pictures of summer and flowers and happy things like that.
So, to that end, I asked some people in several of the Facebook groups I belong to if they would send me pictures I could use in this post, and many were kind enough to respond. I’ve attributed the pictures to each individual in the caption of the picture. If there is no attribution, the picture is mine. Enjoy!
This GORGEOUS watercolor was painted by my wonderful friend, Marisa Calvo, whom I met years ago at the gym where I work. She doesn’t *technically* have a business selling her paintings (although she totally should!), but if you go to her Facebook page and see something you love, you might be able to convince her to make it for you. Just ask really nicely, ok? **sigh** I wish I had your talent (or even a tenth of it), Marisa!
Isn’t this tree stunning? When Victoria sent me this picture, I was so embarrassed to have to ask her what it was, but I swore I had never seen one before. I was right!
This is a crepe myrtle tree, and they don’t typically grow in CT because they aren’t cold hardy enough. What a gorgeous tree, though! I wonder if I could grow one in a pot and bring it in every winter? It could keep Spike company. Like I have room for another massive tree in my house!
If you have a minute, please visit Victoria’s website at Denim and Doilies. She has a lovely website full of wonderful craft ideas and all things country.
I just love this picture Pam Fennig sent me of her adorable rescue dog, Berkley, checking to see if the strawberries are ripe. She tells me he can also be counted on to steal carrots, peas and raspberries! When I was growing up, we had a dog named Tag who loved to steal grapes straight off the vine. Maybe they’re related……
I just love this picture from Sarahbeth! Can’t you just smell the lilacs? Oh, I can’t wait for May!
This scary-looking guy is actually a beneficial wasp. If you’d like to read more about beneficial insects, you can do that here.
We have a tree in our yard called a Beebee tree and it attracts them, along with tons of other bees and butterflies, by the hundreds when it blooms late in the summer.
I LOVE this tree! We got it because my daughter used to call her great-grandma Bebe, and I just couldn’t resist when I found it. Its scientific name is Tetradium danielii. I believe it can be an invasive in warmer climates, so do your homework before you purchase one if you live in a zone warmer than 6, please!
I love this picture from Laura Davis! I always wished my daughter would be interested in gardening, but she was never the outdoors type. I’m hoping there may be grandkids someday who love gardening as much as I do though!
Such a beautiful picture from Melanie Whittington! If you look closely, you can see the pollen “britches” on this guy! Love it!
I took this picture of a baby praying mantis in my yard several years ago. I’m fascinated by praying mantises, probably because I see them so rarely. Again, I wrote about them in my beneficial insects post.
Many years ago, I purchased a praying mantis egg sac and hatched it in my yard, so I did see a few of them that summer. I wish we had more, but never see more than one or two in any given summer. Do you have them where you live?
Another beautiful picture from Sarahbeth! I love how you can see the raindrops clinging to the petals.
I’m endlessly fascinated by bees of all kinds, bumblebees, honeybees, hoverflies (ok, not technically a bee, I suppose, but they look like bees and they’re pollinators, so they count).
Even those beneficial wasps I mentioned above that look so scary are amazing. And, as a bonus, they might look scary, but they’re completely nonaggressive, and many of them don’t even have stingers!
I’ve been known to stand under the Beebee tree and watch them all buzzing around and they pay absolutely no attention to me.
It’s also possible that I *might* occasionally pet a bumblebee. Yes, you can do this. If one is busy on a flower, touch its back gently. It will likely reach up with a back foot and kind of swipe your finger away as though you’re tickling it, but it’s fun. Ok, I might be weird, but seriously, try it.
That wraps up my post for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little taste of summer in the middle of winter (and while you’re in the middle of summer, you Southern Hemisphere people, I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!). The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is on March 20, 2019, so only 79 days to go! We can make it!!!!
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