|Sailboat in St. Joseph|
|Sailboats on Grand Traverse Bay|
We recently took a long weekend trip to Michigan, where we visited some of my favorite spots. Being nearly surrounded by water, you know you'll see beaches when you're in Michigan. I grew up on the west side of Michigan, so that's where we always visit. And being on the west side means that I'll want to see sunsets on the lake while I'm there.
|Sleeping Bear sunset|
|Sunset in St. Joseph/lighthouse under reno|
|St. Joseph sunset|
|Sunset glow on Lake Michigan|
There were lake views, and sand dunes, and scenic sites at every turn.
|View from Two Lads Winery in Traverse City|
|Glen Arbor beach|
|Glen Lake overlook in Sleeping Bear Dunes|
|Sleeping Bear Dunes|
But what I love best about summer is the garden in my own back yard.
|Black Eyed Susans with Munstead Lavender|
|Goldfinch in Chinese Fringe tree|
The sunny suburban backyard that I call home plays host to many small visitors, and I welcome them to my garden with open arms. The sight of bees, butterflies, birds, and dragonflies just says summer to me.
|The first monarch visitor of this year|
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail|
|Bumblebee enjoying nectar from Tequila Lime zinnia|
|Pearl Crescent butterfly|
|Birdbath and black eyed susans|
|Grandpa Ott morning glory|
|Black eyed susans with African Blue basil|
|Karley Rose grass|
|Tequila Lime zinnias with new washer ball|
|Queen Red Lime zinnias-the Queen of my garden!|
Well, I've spoken of all my favorite summer things. Now do you think that summer will come back? It's only August after all!