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Friday, 31 July 2020

The wind through the wildflowers

The weather this summer has been peculiar. We have had hot days with high humidity, but we’ve also had high winds, making the temperatures bearable. These days are sandwiched between days with the temperatures below normal and the breeze cooling it enough to require long sleeves. The wind is a constant this summer.


One windy morning, we headed to the boardwalk early because of the forecasted humidity later in the day. The southerly wind caused white caps in the harbour. That sea was rough.





Also noticeable was the height of some of the wildflowers blowing in the wind. I am 165 centimetres tall or 5 feet 5 inches and many plants were at eye level. 





The roses are almost two meters high 





and I’ve never seen vetch grow this tall.





Queen Anne’s Lace danced in the breeze. Its younger blooms have yet to achieve the height of those nodding above them.





In early June, my husband and I saw a young child and an older couple, possibly her grandparents, place a small painted birdhouse on the remains of a young tree by the waterside. At that time, the three could easily reach the stick to place the birdhouse. The grass was no more than ankle high. Such is not the case today. The grasses tower over me, bending in the breeze. 





Goldenrod is beginning to bloom and has achieved an impressive height as it joins the other tall plants along the boardwalk.





We are in awe of nature!











28 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

You are such a keen observer.

DJan said...

Such fine pictures of a great place to live! Thank you for them as well as the prose. :-)

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

The weather does seem to change often, we do not see much wind here.
We are finally having some much needed rain. The wildflowers are pretty, I like watching the grasses moving with the wind. Beautiful photos. Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your day, have a great weekend.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh that is tall Marie, perfect for blowing in the wind ๐ŸŒพ The little birdhouse is so sweet, I hope the birds can still find it there ๐Ÿ˜Š

Debra She Who Seeks said...

August always means goldenrod!

Boud said...

I see things much better after I read your words. Yes, nature is definitely going all out there.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I've often thought that weather that we find annoying is just what plants love. Some of our wild plants have also grown very tall this year. How does all that plant come from such a little seed - just add water and sunshine.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots.

Polly said...

Beautiful photos and flowers. I love the birdhouse.

bill burke said...

Wildflowers going wild! Wonderful photos, Marie and great narrative as usual. Have a great weekend!

At Home In New Zealand said...

The wild plants must be really loving your current weather to grow so tall. Queen Anne's Lace is one of my most favourite wild flowers (even though we call them weeds!), as they always look so delicate bobbing and swaying around in the breeze.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh, these scenes are just lovely.

Joanne Noragon said...

It's been quite a growing season!

Debbie said...

i enjoy seeing nature through your eyes. your images are really beautiful!!!

Anita said...

Wonderful photoes!I can feel the late summer wind.Such a nice walk in nature๐Ÿ˜Š

Rose said...

Sounds impressive to see...and I so wish I could. I bet it won't be long till we are seeing Goldenrod. Just a week of so ago I saw bright red sumac.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I share you awe, and I wish more people did, especially many of the bonehead politicians we continue to elect to positions where they can destroy so much of it.

Tanza Erlambang said...

temperature sound enjoyable, compared to us above C 30's......
flowers colors so lovely: yellow, white blue and pink...beautiful.

Have a wonderful day

judee said...

Thank you for sharing all these lovely photos of nature!I love wildflowers and especially Queen Anne's Lace that seems to pop up all over here.

John's Island said...

Hi Marie, Another fine group of photos. It seems like you've had an excellent year for the wildflowers. I does amaze me how fast the flowers can grow. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

Rhodesia said...

It is a very odd year all round. I have found some of our crops are bearing more than they ever have and then some have nothing!. Keep well and have a good week, Diane

Danielle L Zecher said...

Those are great pictures. I love the one with the birdhouse and grass. It looks like a postcard.

I can't imagine wearing long sleeves this time of year! We've been in the 90s with high humidity.

Helen said...

Such a shame about the wind, but the wildflowers are just magical. so different to ours.

Mage said...

We thank you for your keen observations. :) Enjoying every mooment.

Catarina said...

That looks so familiar... Except I don't have an ocean nearby...

baili said...

Oh dear Marie i am huge fan of your way of deep observation and how amazingly you share it with us

thank you sooooo much for brightening up my day with DELIGHTFUL blooms of your area :)))
oh i absolutely LOVED them !

summer winds are wild one here too ,we live near desert so our summer winds bring lots of sand along and shower all over

jenny_o said...

I've noticed how all the wild plants are growing so tall this year, too. On the other hand, my garden is doing worse. I wonder why!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Beautiful and happy flowers. Or else, they would not thrive so!!!!!!

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