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July 27, 2013

Halfway through summer now.  As hard as it is to believe,we’re just on the gentle downhill slope towards cooler weather now- there has even been some cool nights here recently.






Mid-summer has a peaceful quality to it, like the season has comfortably come into its own.

Chirping crickets are getting louder, and the occasional Cicada makes its loud noise (this area is having a modest year number-wise for them).  Fireflies are still glowing at twilight.


Grasses are seemingly seeding everywhere- for instance, the local Foxtail is doing well.


Wildflowers are seeing a change- prairie areas are breaking out in vivid colors.



Such high-summer blooms as Tall Bellflower and Ironweed are appearing.



Familiars such as Common Teasel and Queen Anne’s Lace are flourishing.




Gray-Headed Coneflower have brightened some fields.  Yesterday I saw my first Aster blooming, and my first Ragweed ready to release its pollen.  Autumn is not terribly far away.





Birds are flocking more often now.  Not everyone is done with nesting, however.  Some birds are having a second brood, and late-nesters such as Goldfinches are just getting started.  The occasional immature bird can be seen, or the occasional molting adult.  Bird song is less conspicuous, but not absent.

Enjoy the middle of summer’s warmth while it lasts!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2013 6:50 am

    It is hard to believe that we’re headed towards fall already. Some species of birds have already departed Michigan for the year. But, there are still plenty of flowers left, as you’re wonderful post shows so well.

    • July 28, 2013 6:06 pm

      It’s amazing how fast the seasons go (as I get older, anyway). It seems like it had just turned summer, and now we’re on the down side of the season. It’s been cool here the last few nights, almost like early autumn…

  2. July 28, 2013 9:21 am

    Still lots of color ahead before the gray days of winter. Lovely photos.

  3. July 28, 2013 10:41 am

    Beautiful! I love this time of year and you’ve caught it so wonderfully with your photographs! Thank you.

  4. July 28, 2013 11:31 am

    So wonderful to see all of these growing so profusely and freely. Beautiful!

  5. July 28, 2013 2:18 pm

    Ragweed had to make an appearance, didn’t it? 😉 I shall enjoy the last summer days before it kicks in. Enjoyed the stroll on a beautiful day.

    • July 28, 2013 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Patti- the Ragweed is just starting here, that photo was the first one I’ve seen ready to spread its pollen around!

  6. July 28, 2013 6:03 pm

    I especially liked the mist coming off the water among a gorgeous set of pictures.

  7. July 30, 2013 12:10 am

    This is a very pretty reminder, but I’m far from being done with summer, especially this year. So much more to do!

  8. July 30, 2013 10:51 am

    Hi. My favorites are the road through the woods, the canoeists and the (arghhh) ragweed. Have a great Remainder of Summer! Jane

  9. July 30, 2013 8:07 pm

    Great photos-especially the morning mist on the water. We haven’t had a lot of cool here yet, but today the humidity dropped considerably.

  10. July 31, 2013 10:52 am

    So where are some of your favorite trails? I’m always looking for new places to walk my pups.

    • July 31, 2013 6:26 pm

      Hey Cheryl! There’s all sorts of good trails in the area, the Metro Park system is especially good, they often have a dog trail or dog recreation area in their parks:

      For instance, Prairie Oaks, Battelle-Darby Creek, Highbanks, Blendon Woods and others have their own dog trails you can find on the park maps. Also, Hoover Park (at Griggs Reservoir) is a popular dog-walking place (where the frisbee golf course is). Heritage Trail Park has an enclosed dog park and people walk their dogs along the miles-long trail there too. Prairie Oaks also has a dog swimming area at their Darby Bend Lakes area, it’s really popular. Antrim Lake is another dog-walking park.

      I’ve noticed that the Metro Parks in particular have improved their dog-accessibility areas over the years. Just watch out for the tick signs and keep the pups on a leash on the trails (the dog park areas are fine for running around).

      My favorite trails are probably at Battelle-Darby Creek, Prairie Oaks, and Blendon Woods Metro Parks…the first 5 pictures in this post are from Battelle & Prairie Oaks. but it’s so hard to pick with all of the good places in central Ohio!

  11. July 31, 2013 8:22 pm

    Hi Seasons, Pretty assortment of pictures on today’s post – like that one of the Teasel. I sure do miss seeing the Fireflies – none here in Florida so far. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!

    • July 31, 2013 9:31 pm

      Thanks and you too, Wildlifewatcher! The fireflies are still glowing at twilight here, that’s one of my favorite summer things.

  12. August 1, 2013 11:58 am

    I have been glued to my desk for the past few weeks, so I REALLY appreciate this look into the world outside!

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