Welcoming Summer, Descanso Gardens, June 24, 2017

We've now reached the peak of the solar year.  The wheel is turning and the days, although warmed by the power of the sun will gradually become shorter as it begins to wane.  For those in tune with nature, we hear her whispering her promise to return to darker days.  But there is plenty to celebrate at this time.  The natural world is full of activity.  Butterflies and bees grace our blooming gardens and the earth changes her colors to shades of golden yellow, bright orange and soft, sable brown.  Summer is in full swing and there is much time to be spent outdoors enjoying the warmth of the sun by day and gazing at the endless stars in the night sky.  

 Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

 So much to be seen inside a spider's web...

So much to be seen inside a spider's web...

 Deerweed

Deerweed

 A hike up the hill.

A hike up the hill.

 Matilija poppies still in bloom

Matilija poppies still in bloom