The Common Extraordinary

Summer is winding down – still holding on but wearying. One of the great joys of living in Arkansas for the last four years has been watching the seasons change because they still surprise and delight me after decades of life in California. With each passing year here I can sense the seasonal rhythms more deeply. These days, when I walk the trails through the forest every morning with dog-dog Asha it feels like the end of fireworks show – when the operators throw up all the remaining fireworks simultaneously, and you know the show is ending – just so, nature is displaying her final green spurts and bright flowers before turning to the reds and golds of autumn. Enjoy some of the photos I’ve taken this summer.

The temperatures are cooling.

Wild passion flower drenched in morning dew.
Osage orange, also known as a hedge apple. Horses like to eat them. Not so, people.
Summer photos from Arkansas.
You can see a few fossil impressions here in the pink, triangular rock. (Also check out the upper right-hand corner.) NW Arkansas was a shallow sea off and on some billions of years ago, and during the early Paleozoic Era, known as the Cambrian period, about 500 millions years ago, there was much plant and invertebrate life. Scientists refer to the continent containing this area during that time period as Laurentia. I’ve collected many fossils in the creeks here and in my next blog, I’ll show you some of my best ones. I didn’t take any of these though. I have better!
And finally, some pre-dawn tule fog hugging the field. I must confess that I didn’t notice the cricket on the right stalk until after I got home, but his presence is serendipitous!

I hope your summer brought you beauty.


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