Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

After a very long winter, I am loving this summer–another perfectly apt theme for this week’s photo challenge.    Here’s a collection of shots taken over the last month or so in New Jersey, New York, and Chicago.  For once, I’ll be quiet and let the pictures and the quotes say it all–

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

Sunflower, North Fork Vineyard, Long Island

Sunflower, North Fork Vineyard, Long Island

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, Tuck Everlasting

Ferris Wheel, Navy Pier, Chicago

Ferris Wheel, Navy Pier, Chicago

Summer is very precious.  –Dylan Lauren

Millennium Park, Chicago

Millennium Park, Chicago

I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day.
Lewis Black

Oak Street Beach, Chicago

Oak Street Beach, Chicago

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

On the Dock, Highland Lakes, NJ

On the Dock, Highland Lakes, NJ

And finally, here’s a summer song for you–

I hope you’re enjoying this summer too!

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20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

  1. Beautiful photographs, as usual

  2. Why thanks, Maria! You know I feel the same about your photos!

  3. These are such fun summer photos. Thanks for participating in these summer challenges.

  4. I loved your shots too–especially the shoes on the beach and the wave.

  5. Wow Patti, that Chicago beach seems packed to the brim, must have been a lovely summers day. And the sunflower photo is brilliant!

    Thanks for sharing our entry with your readers, we appreciate it very much :-D

    • The digital fountains/installations are amazing. There are 2 of them in Millennium Park. I love watching the kids and adults interact with them. Thanks for your thoughts!

  6. A beautiful collection of summer photos. The one of the water coming out of the wall is interesting.

  7. It’s a great installation in MIllennium Park. The faces are digitized and change. I love watching them! Thanks for your thoughts, Colline!

  8. I really love this summer post, Pat :) Wonderful varieties. Thank you for take us there :)
    Enjoyed the video!

  9. I love-love-love this song. Summer is magic, so are your photos. :)

  10. Thanks so much! I’m delighted you enjoyed the song and the photos!–Patti

  11. These beautiful photos are a great representation of my favorite summer treats: flowers, lounging by lake, water play, and afternoon bike rides. It is only missing ice cream!

  12. Lovely photos. And I love the Lewis Black quote :-)

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