Saturday, August 28, 2010

Summer's Final Reflection Photos

With Summer steadily winding down, comes the climax of many beautiful reflections. I hardly know where to start with my own. First my bountiful vegetable garden has yielded many lovely treasures. I layered my perfections on metal skewers pictured above, creating a splendid barbeque feast for our dinner tonight!

Mouth watering cherry tomatoes, zucchini, green bell peppers, pearl onions, and carrots, were all my garden veggie delights surrounding chicken breast chunks. I used a special dry rub sent to me by my good friend Nazarina, paired with a terriyaki marinade. To say the least, I couldn't grill them fast enough to fill my families plates.

I've had an abundance of greenbeans, which are still coming strong! I've frozen a good bit of these vegetables for my soups, sauces, ect for the Winter months ahead. I started drying out my sunflowers to make sunflower seeds as in the past.

My daily walks with Sierra dog has given me wonderful solitude, gazing along the countrysides of my farmer friends farm. Isn't the view just breathtaking? The corn is about a good 6 to 7ft, ready to harvest shortly. This farm goes on for miles, carrying into another farm.

The sun was setting on an evening this past week, when I shot this photo at a different angle. The soybean field directly in front of me, and the rolling hills that Pennsylvania is know for far off in the horizon. Farming is a unique and beautiful art in itself, these great folks work hard to keep this farm looking immaculate as it does.

My flowers seem to always look their most beautiful at the end of Summer, and through most of Fall. The flower plants are at their fullest and most brilliant color. My hotpink petunias just light up my flower garden with their elegant and delicate presence.

I only had one set of my purple coneflowers come back this year. These beauties are one of my favorite flowers. The birds love pecking and eating the centers out of the daisylike flowers.
School is starting in a couple days, and the nights are growing cooler. It's been a hot and humid summer, and I look forward to cooler nights walking with Sierra dog.
Soon the flowers will fade, and the leaves will start turning. But I won't rush a moment, not too fast or hastily. I'll take them as they come and revel right here Literally in the moment!!


Jo Janoski said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the pleasant interlude enjoying your pics.

Jo A. T.B. said...

Thank you Jo! It's been hot huh!! I won't complain, will miss this when it's zero!! :)

nazarina said...

I can see myself just walking peacefully through those fields.I love your beautiful pics. of the cone flowers but then again you know that I enjoy your nature pics. I wish I had some to put in vases in my lounge. I call them black-eyed Susans which is silly because those are yellow right?

Is it just not wonderful to cook straight from the garden? I see you have prepared quite a spread here, Yum! Like you, I am going to miss the garden. It is so much better than store bought!!! I am happy too know that you are enjoying the spices, you are welcome!

Jo A. T.B. said...

It's so wonderful walking along the farms, the view is awesome and peaceful!! Coneflowers are much like blackeyed susans! Coneflowers have a yellowish orange center!! Have you canned or frozen some of your veggies. I hope to enjoy mine most of winter!! Your spices are awesome! Thanks for coming by Naz! Hugs!!

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