In my mind it feels like early August not early September. My tomatoes are heavy with fruit finally ripening for the first time this season. Green clusters of chilies cover my plants but aren’t yet changing color. And the flowers are a vision of orange, yellow, purple and pink dotting our landscape with their cheery blooms. Were it not for the garlic chives blooming back there, I could convince myself that summer is still in full swing, instead of starting to wane.

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. – Regina Brett

With the shadows lengthening and the light fading, I find I want to hold onto these final days of sunshine and warmth as tightly as I can. To lay back, close my eyes and savor the warmth that remains. To squeeze out every chance I get to sink my toes into thick green grass. To sit outside late at night and remember that there are stars up there somewhere even though I live in the city.

So even though autumn lurks in the shadowy future, I’m holding on to summer as tightly as I can.

Holly, Gatherings through the Lens

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