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Summer in the Litchfield Hills

September 19, 2008 Virgin's Bower is at its delicate best in the last days of summer. It likes to climb at the edge of the woods. Small mushroom in Litchfield.

September 17, 2008 After a moist weekend. Small mushroom in Litchfield.

September 12, 2008 This fellow sports attractive striped antennae... Grasshopper with striped antennae.

...while this one is all about being green. Green grasshopper.

September 8, 2008 Late summer blooms showing age, but lovely nonetheless. Blooms showing age.

September 4, 2008 Milkweed pods continue to mature. Milkweed pods beside a road in Goshen.

September 2, 2008 Despite the drier weather, there are some mushrooms to be found. Mushrooms in Litchfield.

August 27, 2008 While the larger thistles are only beginning bloom, the small ("Canadian") varieties have quickly gone to seed. Thistle in Litchfield.

August 22, 2008 The Spotted Touch-Me-Not continues it's long period of bloom. Spotted Touch-me-not photographed in Litchfield.

August 19, 2008 Goldenrods have come into bloom. The color-matched visitor is a reminder that these pretty flowers are insect-pollinated and not a significant source of airborne pollen. Goldenrod along a Litchfield road.

August 1, 2008 So full of light, this mid-summer flower. Yellow flower.

July 30, 2008 It's the peak of the relatively short blueberry season. Blueberries ripening in Litchfield.

July 29, 2008 A roadside treasure. Roadside flower in Litchfield, CT.

July 25, 2008 For most milkweed the short period of bloom is almost past. Milkweed.

July 24, 2008 The calm before the storm last night. Heavy rain and wind followed. Mushroom.

July 21, 2008 A wildflower bloom (onion/garlic family) that hints of party favors. Purple bloom.

July 18, 2008 A 20 second-long visit from a dragonfly. The wing structure always makes me think of the lead cames of stained glass. Gone. Dragonfly Dragonfly wing.

July 16, 2008 A Great Spangled Fritillary visits a colorful bee balm bloom. Bee balm. Fritillary

July 14, 2008 So much apetizing greenery. Rabbit

July 11, 2008 Coming in for a landing... Bee landing on flower.

...and then immediately to work. Bee on flower.

July 10, 2008 White, the color for early July.

July 7, 2008 Common yarrow is just now coming into bloom. Bee on common yarrow.

July 3, 2008 The sway from a gentle breeze doesn't deter visitors to this roadside wildflower. Bee on a wildflower in the Goshen - Litchfield area.

July 2, 2008 A favorite, although non-native, flower of early summer is Deutzia scabra 'Candidissima' here looking dramatic as petals fall... Deutzia and gorgeous at full bloom — all within the same shrub. Deutzia

June 30, 2008 Returning from a week of travels I found the first of the knapweed coming into bloom — a sure sign of summer. Tyrol knapweed (Centaurea nigrescens) is an invasive, but attractive, species. Knapweed in bloom.

June 22, 2008 The short-lived but complex world inside of a poppy. Poppy -- close up.

June 20, 2008 This poppy was accented by the last of the spring sun. And then, with a thunderstorm, summer arrived at 7:59 PM. Poppy in bloom.

June 16, 2008 The non-native, but naturalized, Ragged Robin is just beginning its long season. Ragged robin in bloom.

June 13, 2008 The flower for these sunny days. Buttercup.

June 10, 2008 Aesculus hippocastanum, or "horse chestnut," flowers and spring showers. Chestnut tree bloom.

June 6, 2008 A tulip tree reaches bloom. Tulip tree in bloom.

June 4, 2008 As drizzle falls, raindrops cover this small wildflower. Wet wildflower in Litchfield Borough.

June 1, 2008 Weekend storms ended with a rainbow. Rainbow in Litchfield.

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Feels Like Summer

Litchfield Hills Road Race finish line.

The Litchfield Road Race was on a sunny and hot June 8, 2008. To see if you ran as slowly as we did, check the results on the LHRR site >

Save the Date

Yale's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival runs from June 14th to August 16th. New music shows are June 21, 26, and 27. The 100th birthday of the great composer, organist & teacher, Olivier Messiaen is celebrated in a concert on July 12th. Go to the Yale at Norfolk site >

The Litchfield Jazz Festival runs August 1-3, 2008 and brings, among others, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Brubeck, and Kenny Werner to the Northwest Hills. Go to the Litchfield Jazz Fest site >

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