So Long Summer: A Photo Finish & Fine Farewell{15}

sailboat at sunset near Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Summer has slipped through my fingers again. Warm days have given way to morning chill, dew lingers well past first light and every branch is a spider trapeze.  Yes, I tearing up. (Photo: Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound: view from West Seattle ferry dock.)

pea starts, honeycomb and a horseshoe

Autumn is here and winter will insinuate itself shortly. I must face the the fact that summer is over. Since I have such trouble letting go, I’ve assembled some photos that will help keep me warm and my disposition sunny no matter what the calendar says.

big magenta dahlia

dahlia as big as my head

Nothing screams summer like a dahlia the size of your head.

peach pie fresh from the oven

Or a peach pie cooling on the counter. (Thanks for that skill set Kate McDermott.)

David Austin roses

A sink full of roses beats a sink full of dishes any day.

freshly rototilled pumpkin patch

A freshly turned pumpkin patch promises bounty in the days to come.

wheelbarrow full of vegetables and flowers

Summer, when each trip to the garden is a delicious treat (on all levels).

Boz and Gracie sunning themselves on the porch

One man’s throne is another’s sunny porch.

Boz in the garden among the dahlias

There’s nothing like having a good gardening pal to watch you weed.

blooming black locust trees on Vashon Island

The restorative powers of a summer nap in a swaying hammock cannot be overstated.  (This photo alone can get me through January and February.) Warm wishes to all now and in the coming months.