Sunday, August 22, 2021

Summer flowers

 I really like hosta.  Unfortunately, so do the deer who wander through the neighborhood.  They obviously thought these two new hostas I planted were a tasty treat!

Not only did they enjoy the Hostaa, but this poor red Heuchera plant never even made it out of the pot. (sigh)

Fortunately, they don't seem interested in the Crocosmia or the dahlias.

This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it. Blessed Sunday!


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Gissberg Twin Lakes

 Over the course of the past few months we have adopted a new favorite spot to take a walk.  Gissberg Twin Lakes is just a 20 minute drive from our home and offers a perfect place to stretch our legs and enjoy what feels like an outing in the country.  Unlike most of the natural lakes in our county, the twin lakes are man made from two large gravel pits that were dug in the mid 60's in order to provide rocks for the building of the I-5 freeway system.  Now, with a swimming and picnic area as well as a walking trail, they are a beautiful and very popular addition to the county park system.  These photos are a compilation of a number of walks taken over the spring and summer.

From Spring to Summer we have watched the cattails growing up,

and the baby ducklings turn into adults.

One day we spied this turtle sunning himself on a log.  Even though we know they are native to the area, it was the first time we have ever seen one in the wild in all the forty plus years we have lived here.  It was a delightful and unexpected surprise.

 Fishing is very popular along the shoreline. 

This gentleman reminded me a bit of my dad who loved few things more than spending a leisurely day with his fishing pole. Of course, he loved to catch something, but it never mattered when he didn't.  It think it was his place for solitude and meditation.



Perhaps Henry Thoreau had it right,

"Many a man goes fishing without ever knowing
that it is not fish that they are after." 

I think there will be more walks here before the summer is over and then on into the autumn to come.  All blessings to you who stop by.