Sunday, May 18, 2008

Salad Days

It was hot--over ninety degrees!--this weekend, the flowers were exploding, the skies were clear, and the wading pool made its triumphant return to the backyard. Looking at these pictures, I feel downright giddy about Summer, like the heady beginning of a new love affair, when everything is perfect and promising and tingly, and it seems impossible that, in just a few weeks, Summer's bone-dry, soul-sucking heat will be riding my last nerve. All too soon, I will be cursing Summer's name, avoiding Summer's calls, and eventually just trying to skip town with that sexy, cool Autumn guy.

But, for the moment, Summer and I are likethis. Ah, young love.

iris

splish

pink lupin

chomp

half-spent

a swim and a picnick

chives

salad days

28 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Such beautiful photographs, such amazing material to work with!

Loralee Choate said...

I about had freaking heat stroke today. (And may I further complain that I have NO AIR CONDITIONING IN MY HOUSE!)

hippyhappyhay said...

Hmmmm. Well, it was cold here, then a little colder. I would go take photos, of all the dead plants around the house, but it's too dark.
Bah Humbug!

family-of-five said...

beautiful. that dandelion is absolutely perfect: ah the wistful fleeting days of early summer. it was overcast and windy here in London this weekend. I miss salad.

Dr. Cason said...

Melanie, Do have a photoshop?
I think we have the same camera. How'd you get them so bright and vivid? Do you shoot in RAW and then edit?

I'm green right now and vow to get photos that are comparable!

Beautiful work!

I AM VERY MARY said...

At least gulper fish don't exist in wading pools. You know?

amy t sharp said...

floppy hats are my favorite! Thanks for visiting! I am adding you to my reader right now- BPLC reminded me of how much I love yr pics- xo

J. said...

Lucky duck!

It has been cold, gray, and rainy here in the Northeast, though the sun is shining through my office windows this morning. Yay! But we are still a loooong way away from bathing suits and wading pools, though our spool is supposedly being filled later this week in honor of our daughter's 10th birthday!

GREAT pictures, as always. Ah summer...

Magpie said...

So lovely. And the colors all just pop!

BOSSY said...

Amazing photos. Bossy is giddy with thoughts of summer too. Nothing makes her feel more like a fifth grader with two months to goof around.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I absolutely love your photos. Love them. They make me happy.

There is nothing like the spring of summer.

Moriah said...

Love the green swim suit. Madeline has one :)

Mike Golch said...

Nice photos.

Lisa Milton said...

You make me want to swoop in and make a move on summer too.

(It has been hot, all the sudden. I'm a bit burned myself, after working in my Grandma's bajillion flower beds.)

Your pictures are breathtaking.

MamaBird said...

Can you fed ex me that salad? Kidding... All of yr photos are so vivid they make my mouth water. Not that I am going to eat yr kids. Just the (edible) flowers.

Wildebeast Arcanum said...

Who do those hairy appendages belong to in the photos of your children? Did you let a Yeti into your picnic? Some would question THAT parenting choice, dear.

~michele said...

I think my camera's broke. My pictures don't turn out like yours.
poop.

Stacy said...

I love watching kids eat. They're so unselfconscious.

Great pics! Cute kids.

stu said...

Great pictures. It looks like either your husband is in the picture or you have not started summer leg maintenance.

Stu

Cheri said...

Fantastic post! Lifted my spirits.

dkuroiwa said...

I love 1)a picnic in the backyard 2)playing in the paddling pool (at any age!!) and 3) beautiful flower pictures. This post has made me a happy camper.
But...please don't tell me that is YOUR hairy leg in the picture!! I have an image I'm working with for you and that....no no nonononono!
:-D

All Adither said...

Summer keeps blowing me off. The ass.

laesmralda said...

My two year old daughter has the same bathing suit,,,,gotta love Target! :) Your pictures are always beautiful.

Jennifer H said...

It was 105 here a couple of days ago (outside of Phoenix), and I am not ready for it.

But your photos are beautiful. Seriously gorgeous.

katydidnot said...

bliss.

Sojourner said...

Your photos are fabulous and your writing poetic, m'dear! We haven't got to 90 yet, and today it was only 65. I am loving that, cause I hate soul-sucking heat.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

I want to marry you, I so love all you do with the photos and the writing and the funny. Except I can't take Idaho again.

Keep on, girlfriend. (Are you going to BlogHer, btw? I'm offering to pay the way of people I desperately want to be there with me...You qualify. Be in touch)

Louise said...

Terrific pictures. I'm so glad I found this blog! (Through Mrs. G--the guest post.) You will inspire me!