Summer is just around the corner! It’s Memorial Day weekend, and all the signs of summer are starting to dust of the winter’s, and this dreary spring’s, cold and come out. It was a beautiful day today, the pools were open and busy, and the sun was shining. I’m glad that it’s finally that time of year where it is socially acceptable for me to go to the beach (even though, I would go any day of the year, winter/summer/blizzard, you name it)! And believe me, with the cold, blustery, snowy winter we had, I’m ready for some beach escapes!
Don’t let this weekend pass you by without remembering it’s true meaning, however. It may be all fun, cookouts, and swimming, but thank your service men and women, and pay respect to those who sacrificed to protect us. With my grandfather passing earlier this year, I’m thinking of him this weekend. He served in the Army during WWII, and I’m lucky to have had him around for so many years, to have spent time with him and the family, and to get to hear his “war stories”. Thanks Gramps.
So, now to change the subject, abruptly….
Yes, the summertime weather is finally starting to show up. As I was thinking of what to do for this week’s theme, I got a call from my parents. Like I’ve said before, they enjoy birdwatching, so I often like to tag along and check out the sights, see some birds, and see what else nature has to offer in the little spots they frequent. One of the places is actually right down the street from their house, and isn’t what you would think of as your typical “nature photography spot”. It’s a parking lot. Granted, it’s a parking lot for an agricultural research library, located right next to the government farms (where goat man lives), and also has a charming little pond and field on the same area of land. When they called, they said they had just swung by the park(ing lot) after picking up dinner, and could not believe how many lightning bugs were there. I grabbed my camera (to which they scoffed, saying it was too dark for me to get a picture), jumped in the car, and headed over. Sure enough, I was not disappointed when I got there. The picture I caught is lovely, but it’s nothing like seeing it in real life; the trees, bushes, and field were all twinkling as if they were lit up with Christmas lights — it was like nothing I’ve seen before! I mean, I remember our backyard being filled with lightning bugs when we were younger, but this was like a lightning bug invasion! It was so enchanting, that it gave the impression of being in a secret garden. Though we weren’t in a secluded place, per sey, it’s like a little oasis in the middle of our city, and the lightning bugs definitely added to that effect. Though this may not be a direct translation of what a secret may be, I like the meaning behind this image, in that it’s from our secret family nature viewing spot, and it has the charm of a fairytale type garden. And to my parents’ scoff — they may have been right about taking pictures of lightning bugs. I got it, but it was tough, even with the long exposure, and took a little editing on my part. So enjoy our secret photography spot, with complimentary lightning bug invasion, and secret garden feel. Be sure to give it a look at full size, too, so you can see all of their little lightning bug flashes 🙂