In our walks this month through Grand Rapids and Holland, Michigan, we have enjoyed the first glimpses of summer, which doesn’t linger long in this part of the world. That’s why I chose these shots of the transition from spring to summer as the subject for this week’s “transient” photo theme. Summers in Michigan are short-lived and precious. They are a brief burst of light and heat after months of winter gloom. Here are a few shots taken from Memorial Day to mid-June on our weekend walks.
“The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sank. The lover loved and went. And what the poets said in rhyme, the young translated into practice.” ― Virginia Woolf,
A girl stopped to wave to us in the middle of her swim at a hotel in Holland, Michigan over the Memorial Day weekend. I admire her spirit to celebrate summer–no matter what the weather!
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck,
In this shot of the weather vane at the farm at Meijer Gardens, you can see that the weather was starting to change.
“They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for awhile, then closes
Within a dream.”
― Ernest Dowson,
Among the new green shoots and leaves, I glimpsed some early summer fruit.
“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,
Is there anything as lovely and hopeful as flowers in bloom?
I try not to complain about the winter cold and the summer heat and the gray days in between. I think too much time is spent complaining about the weather. Isn’t it a better use of our time to live and love and create and help bring some beauty into the world?
And so, I close with this wish: Have an inspiring and joyful week–no matter what the weather!