September 03, 2007

Early September

Tied

The tourists, with their fast motorboats and loud jet skis, have gone home. The summer people have boarded up cottages, pulled out docks, and locked cabins. Boats are tied to posts, pulled up on the shore, or taken home on trailers. Fall will bring duck hunters, who construct blinds out of wire fencing and clumps of cattails, and a small wave of tourists who will come to admire the foliage. But in early September, the river is quiet.

In our bay, the water dropped, as it always does near the end of August, leaving thick mats of floating weeds and water lily pads. Our peninsula of oak trees and white pines was more private than ever, as we played bocce or took out the canoes or found quiet places to read or nap. My father worked on his boat and the teenagers did their summer homework while the rest of us relaxed, enjoying the warm sunshine and gorgeous weather, trying to get our fill of sunshine before the winter ahead.

Early September

10 comments:

Rev Dr Mom said...

Hard to believe summer is over...but what a nice way to end it!

Phantom Scribbler said...

I love the rope photo. You can feel the scratchiness.

And I can't even see lily pads now without thinking of you!

amypalko said...

I find the passing of the seasons so surprising. You would have thought, after nearly 30 years on this earth, I would have gotten used to it by now, but it always catches me out. When I started reading your blog, Jo(e), it was earlier this year, and you spoke of snow drifts and bare branches. I find it hard to fathom that since that time, spring has come and gone, and summer has begun its long goodbye. What a strange thing time is!

Yankee T said...

I, too, love to follow you through the seasons. I believe this is my third autumn with you.

BeachMama said...

Second Autumn for me, and you describe each season so eloquently.

It sure looks like you enjoyed the perfect weather that we had here too. Glad it was a good weekend to close the summer and get ready for the Fall colours.

Busymomma66 said...

What a great end to summer and perfect summer photos. Though, summer is not quite over, even if school has started and the weather is starting to feel crisp. I'm still looking forward to a few more beach days on a few more weekends before I embrace the foliage, apple pies, and chimney smoke.

Silver Creek Mom said...

I can't believe the summer has gone or is almost gone. I can't believe what an awesome summer it has been with lots of wonderful memories. I can't wait to see what fall has to offer.
The only thing I regert is that I didn't take more time to just read this summer on the back deck.

There is always next year.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Trying to get your fill of sunshine. I'm doing that, too.

Mike said...

Wow! Your photos are amazing! Your blog is so interesting and inspiring. Thanks for visiting mine.

niobe said...

I keep scrolling back up to look at the loosely knotted rope, trying to figure out what it's saying to me.