Summer’s Lease Hath All Too Short a Date

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bunch O' Sculpture, Clockwise: Wolf Man Jack, Catwalk, Maypole, Noah's Ark, Felucia. Bird Mountain Fountain, Center.

“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.”  Patricia Briggs

No Strings Attached, Four Corners, Sea Monster.

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”  Natalie Babbitt

Stack O'Sculpture: Sea Monster, Four Corners, No Strings Attached

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James

No Strings Attached

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” James Dent

No Strings Attached

“What a beautiful, sunny morning.  It makes you happy to be alive, doesn’t it?  We can’t let the sun  outshine us!  We have to beam, too!” Takayuki Ikkaku

Down the Garden Path

“If it could only be like this always — always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe… ” Evelyn Waugh

Pilgrim, Center

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” Russel Baker

Birth of a Guin

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” John Keats

Three Faces Standing Stone

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” John Lubbock

Green Man Solar Fountain

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” Ada Louise Huxtable

Crowning Glory

“I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer… come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches.” Oriana Green

Perfect Poppy

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” Swedish Proverb

Plucky Poppy

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Sam Keen

Orange Poppy Star

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Orange Poppy Star

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Regal Poppy

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” William Shakespeare

Crimson Poppy

“And now, the slideshow” Martin Cooney

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Three Faces Standing Stone

Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s to Summer – Grab it while you can. I’ll be back with a real blog post when I find the inclination to spend an hour or two indoors.

Hope you’re having fun in the sun.

Author, Aspen Mountain Road Trip and Hike

Martin

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