When Summer Lingers

This is the time of the year
when late summer and early autumn join together
as the autumn equinox approaches.

I notice this as the hydrangea leaves change colour with splashes of red.

The petals take on a more muted shade

and shades of green come back rather like in the springtime

The dahlias are having their last fling in glorious full bloom

and showing the intensity of their varied colours

Bees are still busy taking advantage of the sunny days to collect pollen.

and the Golden Rod lights up the gardens

and Rudbeckia blooms dazzle us with their sunshine petals

until one day it starts to rain
and the first autumn leaf floats down to remind us
a change in seasons is taking place.

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The last blog header to remind me of earlier days
when sunflowers still waved in the fields.


19 comments

  1. It has been an amazing year for Rudbeckia here ... the fields are simply alight with it right now. Your post is a perfect description of this transitional season! All the photos are so lovely, I can't choose a favourite.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue. It seems to me that it's been a wonderful year for all flowers and the dahlias have been breathtaking too and there are some roses still blooming!

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  2. Such lovely pictures full of warmth, sunshine and happiness! They make me feel happy.

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    1. Thank you, Marjan. So glad these pictures of late summer make you feel happy!

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  3. Stunning photography and lovely reflections.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sarn. I'm really taking advantage of all the wonderful colour still around!

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  4. Summer lingers in such beautiful colours.

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  5. Lovely flower pictures Sandra - I always think gardens look lovely as the weather cools down and the rains perk them up - enjoy the rest of the Autumn and hope that maybe we have a little bit of an Indian summer to see us through into winter

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    1. So nice to have you visit, Elaine! Yes, the gardens are still colourful around here even though the sky seems mostly grey this week. An Indian Summer would be wonderful!

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  6. A beautiful tribute to the changing seasons! Our hydrangeas are almost totally gone and there are many, many leaves in our yard! Soon we'll be catching the scent of burning leaves.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Yes, there's really an autumn feel now, I agree. I love this season!

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  7. Your pictures are amazing!!! You captured those stunning colors so perfectly. Love all your images!!!
    Henry

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    1. Hello Henry! so nice of you to visit! Thank you for your kind comments.

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  8. We are having a resurgence of summer this weekend, but yet the leaves are starting to change.

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  9. What beautiful photographs, Sandra!
    Our summer is lingering, and I for one, am thrilled about this.
    However, the leaves are changing and falling very quickly.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! How lovely that your summer is lingering! Our autumn came in with a big bang and a huge drop in temperatures and the heating came on! Now we get one or two really superb days a week and the rest of the time it's very moody and rather cool for the season!

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  10. Sandra your photos are magnificent! Summer is still lingering here in Charleston but the blooms are starting to fade.... have a wonderful beginning of Fall! And a great week!

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