Tuesday, August 01, 2006

August Heat


"What dreadful hot weather we have!
It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."
- Jane Austen

Heat ----
Last winter I thought of the beauties of a warm summer day --- The garden overflowing with vegetables and flowers – water sparkling in the pond. Today I am grateful for a roof over my head, for the air conditioner and a cool place to sit out of the reach of the sunshine. How I feel for the poor woodland creatures – they come early to search for tidbits around the yard then head for the deep woods where they find shade to lay down and pant and wait for the cool of evening. I sit inside and pant and also long for the cool of evening.

August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.
- Elizabeth Maua Taylor

18 Comments:

Blogger MB said...

Wonderful to have you back among us, Endment!

Great photo... and the perfect pick of poems for the new month.

Regardless of the heat, apparently, my black dog seeks a warm sunny spot of bare earth (which usually means in my garden, unfortunately) on which to soak in the heat. Makes me wonder how differently we are made from other animals — I couldn't do that, especially not in a black coat!

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Nice shots, how close to they come to your house?
Maine is hot tonight, too. Glad I am not on vacation here this week.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

So glad your blog is working again - it is a joy to have you back on-line. Wish I could send you some cooling relief from the Pacific NW, where it is a bit chilly today. Beautiful poem.....

7:56 PM  
Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

It's sooooo darn hot. My big black doesn't even want to go out and "do her business". I turn on the sprinkler so the hummers can zip through. I'm tempted to run through it myself.
Stay cool!

11:39 PM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Lovely to have the photos and the poems & your reflections and impressions back again ... so restful somehow - even if it is about he searing heat of summer.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

Oh look - it's Endment again! yay! What a great shot. I agree - I feel so sorry for the animals who must live constantly in the heat while we take respite in the A/C. I can only hope many of them go swimming somewhere. :)

5:01 AM  
Blogger Ontario Wanderer said...

32°C (89.6°) inside our house at 5:00 a.m. down from 34° (93.2°) yesterday afternoon. Yes air conditioning would be nice. I was awake at least once every hour last night and was trying to sleep with the fan on full blast blowing over me and still soaked the sheet with sweat. I was in our basement for much of yesterday and may be there again today. Why do people like summer? Oh yes, the tomatoes are ripe and wonderful, after a few hours in the fridge.

6:15 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Ah, two little white tail bucks and how pretty they are with the nubs of their antlers showing between their long expressive ears. Methinks the wildwood critters are feeling the heat dreadfully (not to mention the deer flies), and I so hope they can find water and shade. It was 118.4 degrees here yesterday, and that is astonishing heat for this northern place.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Fran aka Redondowriter said...

It is good to have you back. I love the photo of the deer; the heat has to be hard on all the creatures as well. We are in a respite, but don't know for how long. Heard it was over 100 in Manhattan, too.

Your book sorting gives me some inspiration. I've purged my collection many times, but it's probably time to do it again--after I get around to cataloging--which could take years.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

mb
we are so focused on keeping cool - it is very difficult to understand how your dog could enjoy soaking up the heat - yes we are different.

sandy
the deer come up on the deck given a chance. these photos are taken from 10 to 20 feet away.

sigrid jardin
I keep thinking of a nice breeze at Carmel but then hear from friends that San Jose has been in the 100s lately and guess I will stick it out and hope some of the cooling breezes will come this way

susan gets native
we put the sprinkler on the roof - the hummers are flying through the spray and the house is getting cool

chiefbiscuit
thanks - it is difficult to remember it is winter in your area - I have wonderful dreams of winter just now :)

sky
your absolutely dreamy photos of the oregon coast make me long for the western seaboard

ontario wanderer
even with ac the inside temperature climbed to nearly 90 yesterday - it is suppose to be hotter today - but we hope we are better prepared
Hope you keep cool!!!

kerrdelune
118.4 degrees - ouch and ouch again... I hope you have a cool place where you can wait out the sizzling heat!!! We thought of heading north but couldn't be certain of finding cooler conditions so battened down the hatches and are hoping the weather service is accurate when they say it will begin cooling perhaps by tomorrow Take care of yourself!!!

fran aka redondowriter
Manhattan is said to be at 103 right now - perhaps higher later today. I am so glad we are up in the hills the few degrees of cooler temperature is a treasure today :)

I keep a catalog of my books but it is out of date - I think I will give up and just read :)

1:37 PM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

Hooray! you're back with beautiful photos and a lovely poem! Love those deer with their budding antlers. First bears, then floods, now a heat wave? And blogger glitches on top of that - wow! We had floods this weekend that made the national news. Took the grandchildren down to see the raging creek - usually a dry bed. Stay cool and try to be elegant.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Endment,
I love the poem! "heat and crimson sunsets" and the vision of summer being dragged away. The comment on "inelegance" is wonderful too. Yes, I worry about the wildlife and also about my cat, since we have no AC. Nature is ferocious this week.

9:49 PM  
Blogger lené said...

I'm glad to see you back too, Endment. I really enjoy the way you combine beautiful poetry, your personal reflections, and your photographs. May the cooler air come soon and refreshed!

10:57 PM  
Blogger bee said...

it finally rained - torrentially - for hours yesterday and i think the heat wave broke.

this is a great piece. thank you for sharing it - your picks are always so thoughtful!

8:20 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Lovely photos and poem! Hope you have cooler days and nights soon!

8:56 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I'm so glad you have returned. So sorry to read about all that heat. I hope you manage to stay cool and those dog days of summer ease up.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Good to see you back Endment. (hugs)

Yes.. we were cuddled next to the a.c. last week. Hope you survive the heat. :-)

11:58 AM  
Blogger silverlight said...

I was wondering what kind of deer these are. But, kerrdelune identified them for me. They are nice to see.

4:29 PM  

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