Summer – and some photos

river
(River Blythe)

What makes it summer time for you? Is it the first time you get to sunbathe or prepare a barbecue? Is it seeing fledging birds taking their early flights? Maybe it’s the first bumblebee of the year you see. Perhaps it’s when you go to the beach or start waking up before your alarm as the morning sunshine streams through your window.

There’s probably more than one thing that makes you think summer has arrived. Bees are one of things that signal summer to me, and dragonflies are another. Taking walks in parkland is something I try to do throughout the year but it’s especially pleasant in late spring, early autumn, and early summer before the weather is too hot to enjoy hiking a trail.

duck
(Mallard)

On a recent visit to a local park I did see a dragonfly with a beautiful iridescent electric blue body. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photograph. I also saw some young coots being fed by their parents, a few tadpoles, some tiny horse-chestnut buds that will soon be the autumn signifier conkers, and some goslings, amongst other flora and fauna.

Below are a few more photos I took in the park. I hope you are enjoying the summer season – or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, that winter is treating you well.
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