The Canvas of East Texas Summer

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Summer

Summer
Some say that Texas is unbearable in summer;
but I say, that one must offer some small sacrifice to the Sun Gods,
in order to bear witness to the beauty of the season.
Red and yellow and bronze and gold,
all have their place on this summer palette so bold,
that even the fiercest of Ra’s demons
could not dispel the radiance that emanates from the Artist’s brush.
As the emerald canvas fades to brown,
the days will mercifully grow shorter, and cooler,
until once again God’s festive palette bursts forth with the shades of Autumn.
Some say that Texas is unbearable in summer;
but I say, grab a glass of sweet tea
and sit in the shade of your favorite tree,
and bear witness to what may be,
the most wonderful season of the year.
Summer.

by Harold Burke, 2013

Embracing the 107F (41C) day today and triple-digit day in the fourteen days to come –not to mention triple-digit day in the past 9 days– I ponder upon a poem that my husband wrote in summer 2013.

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The Forlorn Boat – A breezy morning by the creek, 2015

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A view of the pond in a steamy-hot and still August evening

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The poem was published in County Line Magazine, July/August 2013 issue, accompanied by my photograph, The Forlorn Boat

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The Forlorn Boat – Golden Sunset, 2013

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August 2015 observation and forecast for Edgewood, Texas

August 2015 Weather Forecast

The beauty of August in East Texas.

Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

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Hay Season

Countryscape, Edgewood, Summer

White herons attracted by critters discovered by the mowing tractor. They fled as soon as the curious pet dog arrived.

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The mower left behind a clump of Black Eyed Susan. Freshly mowed hay left to dry under the heat of summer.

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Rolls and rolls of hay awaiting the cattlemen to haul them off and save them for the cold season to come.Aug2015 Hay Rolls--2 Aug2015 Hay Rolls-The beauty of August in East Texas.

Photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com