Last Taste of Summer

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Cool air creeps in along with shortening days
The sun is still warm but the nights are cold
Tastes of fall manifest themselves
The grape vines are almost bare
Garden tomatoes still hang on to the very end
No statement of an early demise signed here
Zinnias and Cosmos feed the last of the monarchs
Honey bees collect pollen in the early morning sunshine
To my surprise I see a remaining orange jewel
Hanging on the vines
The last ripe tomato just waiting for me
I picked it today and had it for lunch
Last but not least it still had the flavor
Of earlier brothers and sisters already eaten
What a wonderful way to bring closure
That one last taste of summer makes it all worthwhile
All the work and toil ending in one last jewel of flavor
As fall closes in with colors of every hue
I enjoy this one last offering
Thankful for the simple blessings of life

Photo:  Dwight L. Roth

 

 

Caterpillars to Butterflies

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The Monarchs are reproducing in my zinnia garden at the side of the hose. Last week, I discovered a chrysalis attached to the siding. When my grandson came to visit, he and his grandma found some others along the bottom edge of the siding. A couple were already empty. Today I saw the caterpillar above looking for a place to attach. When I went back later I could not find it. The chrysalises we found were in different stages of development. One was emerging from the shell.  A couple had already hatched out and flown away. I am excited to find this many monarchs, even though the caterpillars stripped the leaves from my milkweed plants.

Caterpillars eat

Milkweed leaves disappearing

Fall butterflies hatch

Chrysalis shells split open

Monarchs’  migration ready

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

The Last Taste of Summer

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The Last Taste of Summer

Cool air creeps in on the back of shortening days

The sun’s still warm but nights are cold

Nips of fall manifest themselves in the garden

The grape vines are almost bare

Garden tomatoes still hang on to the very end

No statement of an early demise signed here

Fallen Zinnias and Cosmos feed the last of the Monarchs

Honey bees still collect pollen in the early morning sunshine

To my surprise I see a remaining orange jewel

Hanging on the aging vines

The last ripe tomato just waiting for me

I picked it today and had it for lunch

Last but not least it still had the flavor

Of earlier brothers and sisters already eaten

What a wonderful way to bring closure

That one last taste of summer makes it all worthwhile

All the work and toil ending in one last jewel of flavor

As fall closes in with colors of every hue

I enjoy this one last offering

Thankful for the simple blessings of life

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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Fall Monarchs

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This morning while filling my bird feeder, I saw two beautiful monarchs on my fading zinnias. They must have lost their map on their way to Mexico!  They were so beautiful with deep orange and black colors. I thought my zinnias were finished a month ago, but I left them grow as they fell over onto the fence.  Surprisingly they kept on blooming, even with a white dusty mold that came on their leaves. In another week we will likely get a heavy frost that will finish them off.  Here is a taste of the late summer beauty I saw. Poetry without words!    Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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