Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of August

 Enjoying Nature

Here in Ontario most children start the new school year on Tuesday. Even though it was a mostly overcast day when I took these photos, a few young'uns  were out enjoying the fresh August air. These two stopped on this boardwalk to...

Painted turtle

watch the painted turtles sitting on logs below. When I got down to where the kids were, I decided to watch them for a while too, five on one log and four on another.

End of August bouquet choices

Another child was with her dad and picking flowers for her mom, she said. She had lots of wildflowers to choose from: Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota) going to seed (actually, her bouquet has Queen Anne's lace still in flower), jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), lobelia (Lobelia siphilatica), blazing star (Liatris punctata) and goldenrod (Solidago).

FYI: The reason I include botanical names is because they always staay the same but common names change from region to region.

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38 comments:

Andy said...

Another fine collection of photos Camera Girl. I enjoyed every one of them.

Revrunner said...

A veritable garden to choose from.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

A fun tribute to the end of August! :)

Sandra said...

I can see the joy in the little girl even looking at her back. beautiful hair and a great shot of her... i have asked several bloggers who show fields of wild flowers if they ever pick them and bring them inside. the answer is no. i would if i saw them

Kate said...

Wonderful end-of-summer activities for those lucky children. Love that top photo with the kids on the boardwalk surrounded by such lush greenery.

Stewart M said...

Always good to stop and watch the turtles - we have different species here, but they are fun to see.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Love the turtle and the little girl picking flowers! I was going to type that I was ready for August to be over but I think I'm not. I don't want to rush Fall!

Nicki said...

Pretty way to fill an end of summer day. I probably saw one of the largest turtles this summer (outside a zoo) - but we were on our way to work so the hubbster wasn't interested in pulling off the road for me to photograph it.

TexWisGirl said...

sweet shots. :)

Birdman said...

Turtles are a curious lot to me. A lot like retirement... just sunin'.

cieldequimper said...

Lovely late August shots, what a thoughtful little girl!

School starts on Tuesday here too!

Stephanie said...

Another fine collection of fab images. Love that turtle!

marshaleith said...

love the queen anne's lace going to seed

Ruth Kelly said...

Lovely shots of nature and color in all its glory.

DeniseinVA said...

Love these photos! Nature is full of marvels and it is always great to see the children having fun.

William Kendall said...

Pretty shots! The turtle seems to be taking things in stride.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Summer is drawing to a close; we all know what that means.

Halcyon said...

I do so miss the Ontario summers. But we have many of the same wildflowers here at least. Looks like you had a beautiful, flower-filled weekend!

Small City Scenes said...

What a lovely and tranquil image---the first one.
I like your collage and am glad you include the botanical names---those are the ones I learned. MB

Small City Scenes said...

BTW: I managed to smaller my header---Thank you. MB

Lowell said...

I remember fondly those last few days before the school bell rang and the door opened - both as a child/student and as a parent/teacher.

Love the bouquet choices. I'd like one of each if you're making bouquets. :)

Terri said...

Fall is in the air. I like the bouquet flowers- all very pretty choices. Have a great week!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful mosaic, and I just love your little turtle!

Ginny said...

Oh, how wonderful! I was going to ask you what some of the flowers are, so I am very glad you told us!! It is totally charming with the little girl collecting flowers and the pictures of them in your collage. This may be my favorite post of yours! The grass by the fence is so tall!!! I guess it is the water around it that does this.

RedPat said...

A lovely post today, EG!

Kathy said...

I think this must be one of my favorite posts of yours!

Our photos said...

Nice collection. Love the turtle !

bettyl-NZ said...

Now great to just stop and watch the animals for a while. It's so peaceful. I'm glad you include the flower names because I'm just learning them!

Michelle said...

That is a sweet shot of the little girl with the bouquet.

Grandma C said...

Wow such beautiful flowers! It would be hard to pick a favorite.

Randy said...

I love the collage.

Indrani said...

Lovely colorful collage.

see you there! said...

Enjoyed your end of August collage. I remember picking Queen Anne's Lace as a child. And what a wonderful shot of the turtle.

Darla

CabinGirl said...

Beautiful! I can almost smell summer and hear the cicadas by looking at your photos :-)

NatureFootstep said...

I love the image of the child. So much summer over it. :)

Cloudia said...

You share the North American climate and topography SO well that each post is like a memory to me! Why have I not added you to my blog roll before Today?! Mended



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Jack said...

Such a nice collection of images, EG.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

That's it! Back to school! My granddaughter's full day K has 33 children in it. It's criminal.

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