“The month…had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.”—Sue Monk Kidd
Look at that heat index. Yikes!
Yesterday, I went out for a hike earlier than usual, anticipating the storms and heat wave on the way.
Pale purple coneflowers are about to burst into bloom.
So many flowers. I love this time of year!
The prairie planting is bright with foxglove beardtongue. One is usually a luxury. I’ve never seen so much in one place as I do on this hike.
The bumblebees love it.
So do the other bees, in a myriad of patterns and sizes. I keep busy with my iNaturalist app, trying to name them all.
So many pollinators! It’s difficult to tear my eyes away from the penstemon to see what other delights are here. But I do.
A tiny moth hangs out in the grasses.
A katydid sprawls across cinquefoil, keeping a lookout. Or maybe it is camera shy?
Nearby, the weedy white campion blows its flower bubbles.
And look—there’s a spreadwing damselfly!
But which species? I’m not sure. I take as many photos as I can, and plan to page through my field guides when I return home. Speaking of which… .
The day is heating up. It’s hot! Hot! Hot! Time to head for home, my field guides, and air conditioning.
The late poet Mary Oliver wrote a poem, Why I Wake Early. She had the right idea, especially this week, in the heat of a Midwest summer. It’s a good poem to begin the morning. Watch now, how I start the day, in happiness, in kindness.
Sue Monk Kidd (1948-), whose quote opens this blog, is known most widely for her bestseller, The Secret Life of Bees (2002). Mary Oliver (1935-2019) whose poem link is included here, was winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. I find her poems are solace for difficult times.
Join Cindy for a class or program this summer!
Wednesdays, June 22 and June 29: “100 Years Around the Morton Arboretum” –with Cindy and Library Collections Manager and Historian Rita Hassert at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Enjoy stories of the past that commemorate this very special centennial. Join us in person June 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm (special exhibits on view for 30 minutes before the talk) by registering here; join us on Zoom June 29, 7-8:30 p.m. by registering here. Masks required for the in-person presentation.
If you love the natural world, consider helping “Save Bell Bowl Prairie.” Read more here about simple actions you can take to keep this important Midwestern prairie remnant from being destroyed by a cargo road. Thank you for caring for our Midwestern “landscape of home.”