Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

The luxury of all summer's sweet sensation is to be found when one lies at length in the warm, fragrant grass, soaked with sunshine, aware of regions of blossoming clover and of a high heaven filled with the hum of innumerous bees. 
~Harriet E. Prescott, The Atlantic Monthly, August 1865

Summer has arrived! Although written a hundred and fifty years ago, the above words convey a memory of summer still relevant and familiar today; a timeless experience of those somnolent summer afternoons spent in the outdoors. Can't you just smell the sun-warmed grass and see the endless depths of a blue sky receding upward and outward in all directions?

Summer seems to be a season in which our memories occur almost exclusively outdoors, with nature playing a central role: the picnics and parties, the sports and hikes and festivals, the lazy evenings spent in shady backyards. My own summer memories involve early mornings spent in dew-wet horse pastures, and picnic table dinners on the back deck, shivering in the cool evening breeze as the waving hemlock, maple, and cottonwood trees tickled the underbelly of those high blue heavens.

Let's look forward to a long summer filled with cool breezes, warm sunshine, cheerful birdsong... and a little rain, because let's face it: we miss it when it's gone!

What memories say "summer" to you? Feel free to share in the comments below!


  1. Memories: long neighborhood walks with dad (we lived in a very hilly area of Los Angeles); swimming in our pool until our skin wrinkled beyond recognition; YARDWORK, especially when our dad, the "Mad Clipper" got out his electric pruners and we had to pick up after him; lots of BBQs where mom would make the best potato salad and freshly squeezed lemonade known to mankind; a visit to Disneyland or Pacific Ocean Park (POP) the latter no longer exists; us three kids playing on the street in front of our house which was no easy task as it was a VERY steep street. When Mary and I played hop scotch, we were hopping up a steep incline and down. Quite challenging.

    1. Those are great summertime memories! Thank you for sharing, Irene. The yardwork part sure sounds familiar... ;)

  2. Any blog post that includes the word somnolent is tops in my book! :) Summer - yes, picnics on the back patio featuring homemade ice cream and lots of fresh raspberries and strawberries. Warm nights because it gets hotter down in Portland than Seattle area. I remember distinctly floating down the Sandy River on my back on an intertube, gazing up at the tree tops and blue sky beyond when I was 16 and thinking - remember this because this is perfection. Thanks for the sweet post and memory prompt!

    1. That has to be one of my top ten favorite words. It just smacks of a drowsy summer afternoon, falling asleep with the sun on your face. :)

      Thank you for sharing your summer memories! Those paint some lovely pictures. Floating the river was a popular activity in my hometown too. My friends used to float the Skykomish and Snoqualmie Rivers. I somehow missed out on that fun - might have to give it a try one of these summers!