Summer is fluttering on by …

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I might need to find myself some new weather gurus, because, just before I departed on my walk this morning, I know I clearly heard these weather descriptions being uttered:  “hot” and “humid” NOT “breezy” and “cool”.  It really doesn’t matter that the weather folks slipped up, since that breath of refreshing air felt delightful as I made my way down to Council Point Park.

The sun hid behind the clouds until I was halfway through the first loop, then suddenly it slipped out from that darkish mass of clouds, and there it was, shining down, bathing the Park in a soft and warm glow.

This is my kind of Summer weather, even if it is only here today and tomorrow.  It sure was nice to arrive home after my walk without beads of sweat trickling down my face, or clothes feeling like they were sticking to me.

I can’t believe it is the last week of July already.  It is time to stop and enjoy Summer before it completely slips away.  I have even noticed the sun rising later.  This morning, I looked out the front door at 6:00 a.m. and it was still dark.  It seems it was just a handful of days ago, that the sun was filtering through the blinds long before I put on the 6:00 a.m. news.

I am not enamored with the hot and humid weather and I’m sure I’m not the only human protesting this surge of sultry temps.  I’ve also been surprised at the lack of butterflies that are usually more abundant when the temperatures rise.

So, when I saw this pretty Tiger Swallowtail butterfly flitting by me just a few yards away from the perimeter path, I sure took notice.  Within seconds, I took the camera out of the case and hurried over to get a better view, and take a photo of it if possible.  Though I had hurried to hone in on this beauty, the butterfly took its good old sweet time, darting around the burdock, then hovering here and there.  I watched its delicate form as it gently nestled into the Queen Anne’s Lace, then it quickly took flight once again, alighting, then burrowing down in some periwinkle-colored chicory.

I stood there, patiently biding my time, until this butterfly came to rest on some prickly burrs.  “Be careful!” I wanted to say as it slowly settled down onto a burr.

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I am sure there was not an ounce of nectar for it to sip on, but it lingered there for the  longest time.  I took several shots of this fragile creature, concerned it might vanish into thin air before I could zoom in on it (which I finally did successfully, as you can see above.)

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Usually those run-of-the-mill Cabbage White butterflies are found at the Park at the height of Summer, but seeing this Tiger Swallowtail was truly a treat, and made my morning complete.

I’ll leave you with this quote I saw a while ago and tucked away.  It seems to fit this blog post to a “T”:

Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day. ~Kent Nerburn

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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7 Responses to Summer is fluttering on by …

  1. Marge says:

    Like you said summer is fleeting by it’s almost August.
    Never believe a weather person. They seem to get the weather wrong.
    That was a beautiful butterfly.


    • lindasschaub says:

      You’re right Marge – I AM glad that they predict severe weather sometimes and then it doesn’t happen – that is a relief. So, I am glad for those mistakes, I have to quit taking their word as gospel. In fact I think that was one of my NY’s resolutions. It is a beautiful butterfly – I only noticed when I uploaded the pictures that it is missing one of its “swallow tails”.


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  3. clarejk2014 says:

    Beautiful butterfly, you’re very lucky to have got such wonderful pictures. I did see a swallowtail last month but it was in the distance. They’re rare in Britain, only to be found in the Norfolk Broads for a short period of time. We do get a lot of cabbage/small whites here too. I think that’s the most common one here.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I went to the botanical gardens a few weeks ago and since it was a sunny day, I thought I’d see many more butterflies, but not really that many. We do have a lot of cabbage/small whites here as well. I’m hoping to see some at the butterfly garden walk on the 26th. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain – our weather has been nothing special this year.

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      • clarejk2014 says:

        Good luck with the weather on the 26th. We had a heatwave here until fairly recently, we nearly had a hosepipe ban. It got to the point when I was starting to miss the rain! It’s returned now, back to normality!

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      • lindasschaub says:

        At least years it was overcast so hopefully sunny … the rain has spoiled many weekends and events this year. I’m no gadabout but I like to do my longer walks to other parks on the weekend. We had rain eight weekends in a row from April to June!!

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