Andre’ of Solander is our guest host, and wants us to show our favorite activity (yes, chilling is also accepted as an activity in this context) in summer. Please visit his blog for more inspiration!
Summer vibes starts in my own garden – where the little yellow flowers make a golden carpet to the tunes of humming bees. We never cut the grass until the flowers are ready to go.
The vacation we often need is freedom from our own mind.
– Jack Adam Weber
And they stay for weeks, I am sure it’s just to make my heart jump with joy!
Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
– William Shakespeare
Early mornings and late evenings are alive with summer vibes – the backlit geraniums’ gracefully dance for my camera eye. Flower photography is a passion with me.
I always make sure to choose good company. If I feel I need any company at all…
Swedish ”fika” is a must. And outdoors a summer privilege. My mother and I always had one on our long walks. And the children loved it.
But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.
– The Beatles
The lady flowers unfold and shine again with the warming sun…
And the sea – knows how to rest.
Summer vibes in short would be, flowers, photography, hiking, fika – and spending time by the sea.
Many thanks to Andre for guest hosting this week and for giving us the opportunity to share some “summer vibes”. Please link your response to his original here and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Thanks also to Jez for last week’s Seeing Double challenge. Your responses included wonderful moments captured forever. We hope you’ll join us again next week when Tracy challenges us with “Surrealism” on “Reflections of an Untidy Mind”. She’ll be followed by the last of our July Guest Hosts, Sarah of “Travel With Me” who will invite us to share three favorite images. Finally, the Lens-Artists team will return in August, when Anne will lead us with her “What’s Your Photography Groove” challenge. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.
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I am completely entranced by that last photo of yours, Ann-Christine. Also, when I saw your hiking photos, I immediately thought of your mother.
Tracy, she is in my thoughts too, every hiking day. You like the stillness of the sea? After rainstorms it sometimes surprises with a totally calm sea. And I love it.
Great summer vibes!!
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Wonderful post, Ann-Christine 👏 The cloudy skies are so full of drama, particularly the beach shot after the rain 😃 The ponchos & huddling under a tree are a regular sight here as well 😂
Thanks, Jez! I should think you know about the ponchos…Have you got the heatwave as well?
We had a couple of days at about 31/32℃, but otherwise we’ve escaped the worst of it; low 20s (& yes we class 30℃ as a heat wave hear 😂).
So do we…glad your temp has dropped a bit. It has over here as well. Today only 25.
One of the benefits of living in more northern climes 🤔
Beautiful as always Ann-Christine. I’m with Cee, your opener is a stunner!
Thank you so much, Tina! The opener seems to be the winner this time!
Delightful summer vibes.
To me they are the best! Thank you!
What a beautiful set of summer images. Love your garden, AC! Lovely horses under the old tree. Oh… the beach, breathtaking.
More rain, envious!
Thank you, Amy! Too hot here now to do anything in the garden…or going anywhere outside home. That was a perfect hike!
Oh what a marvelous photos for this week. I am so totally in love with your opening photo. 😀 😀
Cee, thank you! And the opener, yes, seems to be the winner this time!
You really know how to put together photos and quotes! A lovely response to this week’s challenge!
Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it!
Excellent summaries. Love the Shakespeare and Beatles quotes too!
Thank you, John – some people knew how to put it well…
Beautiful views right in your own back yard, Ann–Christine! I especially like your views of the sea.
Thank you, John! I enjoy them too, because I seldom go to the sea – I live closer to the forest.
I love the carpet of yellow flowers, I’m so glad you let them grow and don’t cut the grass 🙂 The geraniums too are gorgeous, and that sea so quiet and clear!
Thank you, Sarah – right now the carpet is lilac and white instead!
Beautiful summer days
Thank you – so short only!
It looks divine, you’re very lucky to live somewhere so beautiful 😊
I am glad you enjoyed the hike and the summery feelings, Pam!
Lovely! Your bee- friendly carpet of flowers is lovely, and the social hiking and fika says summer!
Thank you, Sue – !
Lovely summer vibes in you area! So very different than what we are used to. A fika sounds like a wonderful time to rest and enjoy!
Thank you, Aletta – fika is always great!
Uncertainty is something I can’t stand. Here, rainy months are rainy, and everything else is a different shade of warmth. I just can’t understand why the sunny summer day has to turn rainy. 🙂
That’s the way it is. And you learn to plan your outing accordingly!
Beautiful. I especially like the one with the pebbles underwater, on the sea shore.
Thank you, Florin. Stillness complete…
That is one very calm sea! Not even a ripple, not at all like the sea around this coast although it can be a lot calmer on the south. A lovely summer wander with you A-C and I love the geranium photo!
So glad you liked it, Jude! I think because of the heavy thunder and rain, the sea stilled itself for a while after.
This really would be my perfect summer day. You have every ingredient. Even though I had to look ‘fika’ up. I got variously ‘coffee’, ‘coffee and cake’ and ‘a state of mind’. All correct?
Margaret, I wish we could have walked together in real life! You would have been a marvelous ingredient too! Fika – yes, all of your translations except the last one are correct. Mostly coffee and cake!
I’m on my way … 😉
I loved thst–that the only vacation we need is freedom of our own mind!Stress free, no hassle sometimes no itinerary and just enjoying each moment. Glad that you find this bliss right in your home.Lovey post!
Thank you – I like that quote. And I find it at home and out hiking – this time to an island on the west coast.
That’s it! I feel perfectly chilled now I’ve spent summer with you. That rain caught me by surprise, but oh, the joyful calm afterwards. And those backlit geraniums!
Jo – how is it that I always feel your prescence…? So glad you came along!
You’re right Ann-Christine, summer does not always mean a big event. Enjoying the garden and the flowers, watching the bees, and using the opportunities the local area is offering 👍
I love your image with the partly broken tree and the lady (?) watching out to the see. 👍
Thank you, yes, the little things are important. And the two ladies were very happy with the sun coming out. Birders the whole company that day!
😁 you know, I’m also into birding (but not hardcore 😊)
😀 I am not hard core either…
I had to look up “fika”, but finding out what it was only added to the wonderful summer feel your photos and narration had already given me.
Thank you, Janet, I believe ”fika” has become more common in Europe recently. So happy you got the summer feel too!
Lovely quotes and beautiful photos. Here in coastal south India we are having the monsoon season. We do not have any winter. By June the summer heat is at its peak and fortunately the rains start and the temperature comes down. Regards.
Thank you for interesting facts. I have never been to India during the monsoon – only in terrible heat.
A great area to hike around..a bit if a shower but very beautiful.
Thank you so much, yes, not too hot and not too cold – that is my idea of a great summer day/hike!
The Weber quote ;oud;y resonates with me whilst I walk with you looking at a sea so placid as we never see it here . . . Oh, fika – you give the coffee break such a romantic name . . . methinks the custom is common throughout NE Europe at least . . .
Thank you for coming along, Eha! And it pleases me immensely that you like fika too – common, I thought, but the work fika might be Swedish!
I do love your wild garden and yellow carpet giving the bees a chance to do what bees do best. I enjoyed the walk with the cows and horses for company. A wonderful Summer post. The idea of fika is fabulous Anne-Christine 🙂 🙂
Brian, thank you for coming along! Fika is just…the best thing.