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Sunday, August 28, 2011

End of Summer

My children are grown but as I see the big yellow school bus lumbering down the street I know my days on the porch are numbered and summer has officially ended.

September can still be a beautiful warm month here in Michigan but in my mind I know my love affair with summer is over for the year.  I thought I would share a few pictures I've taken in the last month and you can see the summer sun waving good bye.

You can see the walking path on the west side of the dam in our little town, it follows the river upstream and past the marsh areas that the ducks and swans move through.

I saw this log fallen log when walking along the walking path one day, it looked exactly like a shark to me.  Do you see it?  I even seen the eye of the shark looking at me...won't tell you what Mr. Hubby said when I showed my shark to him.

The swans usually hang out in this area, they do come down toward the dam some days if the kayaks and canoes aren't too prevalent.  I did catch a couple of shots of them along the east shore of the river.

And this is the reality of what we have now, oh we will still have some beautiful summer days and fall here is just spectacular but when I was camping this week at the big lake I snapped a few pictures of what is to come.

Just as we were leaving the beach the state workers were out installing the red flags of warning for anyone who might have been swimming in the lake. 


Donnie said...

Beautiful photos and that trail looks like a great place to walk and enjoy the changing of the seasons. When we go to Florida for the winter I always have so much nostalgia for the changes we have in NC but then you all post the snow me back to reality.

Cathy said...

Wow, love your new header! What gorgeous photos.

Micupoftea~ said...

Ooooooh, I immediately spotted the new it! Nice photos too. I do not like summer heat (anything hotter than 75-80 turns me into a mole...won't go out!) so I am looking forward to turning off the a.c., opening the windows, lighting the candles. Funny how people enjoy different seasons. Perhaps it is because we only have 2 seasons in So Ca that I look forward to the Fall & Winter, which equals some change. And I still have a wait. Our heat lingers until the 3rd week of October. Ugh...our pumpkins have spoiled sitting outside in 90 degree weather! LOL~
Why don't we trade a bit of summer? I'd be glad to give you some! haha.

SavannahGranny said...

Your pics are sooo beautiful. Makes you wish summer would never leave. It is still oppressively hot here. No rain, didn't even get rain from the hurricane. High surf, no raid. Plants are suffering.
I so enjoyed living a dreamy summer day through your pics. Thank you for sharing.

On Crooked Creek said...

Miss Char,
I enjoy all four seasons, but for the first time in years. . . I'm ready to move on to Fall. Think the triple digit temperatures have spoiled Summer for me. Your photos are lovely...don't know what Mr. Hubby had to say...but I saw the shark, too!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I enjoyed your photos of those graceful swans. Before I read your caption, I thought wow that piece of wood looks like a shark.! Great minds.......
Have a wonderful week! Shannon

jennifer said...

These are so pretty and I really love the swans. The top of your blog looks beautiful!!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovly ladie.
Your photos are so Beautiful with the changing of the seasons. Im looking for the snow coming next, at your Home. Thanks so much for your sweet comments,also your Pray's for my frirnd Melanie, she is a sweet lady,wife and Mother.
I hope you have a great week.
XXOO Diane

Tracy@GeneralSplendour said...

Hello! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my shed. :-) This post is enchanting - the pictures are gorgeous. I love Michigan and go there at least twice a month. Your world looks wonderful - enjoy the last few days of summer. And please post more pictures as the fall colors grace your area. This could truly be one of those Pure Michigan ads with Tim Allen! LOL!

Rettabug said...

I still get to sit on the porch & wait for the school bus, but its at my DD's now. Heading over there in about 20 mins. ~~big smile~~
I love the cooler temps. & lower humidity but the thought of what follows always depresses me a wee bit. I wish our summers could be more like fall for a little longer.

The year my DD got married, on Dec. 23rd, it was 60ยบ & FABULOUS weather. No one needed coats! That was a great year.

Your photos are beautiful, Char. Keep them around so we can look back on them when the snow flies.

Debbie said...

These are just beautiful. I clicked to enlarge them. I think the swan pics should be hanging on a wall!

And I do see the shark!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I love the shark tree too! :)

Have a great day.

SavannahGranny said...

Thank you for visiting my, finally finished, bedroom. I appreciate your sweet comments. Have a great week. Ginger

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful shots!

I absolutely love your banner!

Renee@Nana's Empty Nest said...

I just stumbled across your blog. We're both at the same time in our lives. I often describe many things as being "happy sad." I look forward to following your Empty Nester blog.

Jordan@the2seasons said...

These pictures are so pretty. Thanks for showing them!

Entertaining Women said...

Serene and beautiful vistas. You are truly blessed. Cherry Kay

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a beautiful area you live in! I love the swans. Gorgeous images. But think, fall and it's color is fast approaching!

xinex said...

Your photos are just beautiful, Char. What a serene place!...Christine

Bella Michelle said...

It has been WAY to long since I have come for a visit on your virtual front porch and I see I have missed so very much!

This morning I woke up thinking about the mini-pumpkin wreath you made last year so I had to come over and refresh myself on the how tos and I think I am heading to HL to get the supplies (but going to try it with the artifical). You inspire me, girl!

Happy Fall, sweet friend!

Malli said...

First time on your beautiful blog...loved it! My children are both grown too, can relate to your watching school buses go by. Love your gorgeous photos of September in your end of the country!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Lovely photos. Wish summer were over in my corner of the can think better when its less than 100 F.!
best, nadia