Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Late Summer

Summer may be winding down here in East Tennessee, but it's not gone yet. Early September is still packed full of heat and humidity and lush green growth, even in the heart of downtown. But there's a rhythm to the season as afternoon shadows grow longer and days grow shorter, birds migrate through town, and late blooming plants reveal their colors.

Here's a burst of color in a vacant lot on Jackson Avenue: thistle courts butterfly, afternoon sun glows through opaque wings and traces veins on leaves.

9 comments:

Laurie said...

So lovely. Thus begins my favorite time of year! Beautiful shot and commentary.

Jim said...

Thats a neat shot, very crisp and clear. I didnt even notice the butterfly at first.

marley said...

What a fantastic photo. And your text - I can almost feel the humid afternoon. Great post.

babooshka said...

What's humid. Oh yes it's that moist sticky heat thing we have one day a year. Wet,wet,wet here. Hardly any butterlies this year, so this is lovely for me to view.

On the linking sounds good to me. Better idea, I'll swap my population for yours, so long as yours bring the JD and a little ice. Mine will bring Manx Kippers.

Kris said...

What a delightful image!

Saretta said...

Beautiful flower and butterfly! And I love what you wrote...very nice!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thistles are beautiful and they do attract a lot of insects. I like them in spite of their thorns and hope they don't get a foothold in my yard.

Your photo is excellent of this butterfly and this thistle.

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Virginia said...

When Abe says you nailed a butterfly you should take a bow cause he's the master. You photo and comments today were just lovely. There are some outstanding writers in this bunch. My hat's off to all of you.

Knoxville Girl said...

Thank you all very much. And yes, Abe is the Sensei 'round here when it comes to photographing nature.