I love the texture of lichen on the trees. The gray-green color, the frills.
We also have this. I’m not sure if it is part of the gray-green lichen or something independent.
Still one of my favorite flowers of summer, the Sensitive briar (Mimosa microphylla Dryand), has a small bright pink flower with a delightful fragrance. The vine is prickly, but it is worth a few finger sticks to get close enough to enjoy the fragrance and appreciate the delicate beauty of the flowers.
To read more about this plant click here: Lady Bird Johnson wildflower Center
I bought a pack of zinnia plants from one of my favorite nurseries, Blanco Gardens in Blanco, Texas this summer. They had yellow, orange, light pink and dark pink flowers in the mix. These zinnias grow in a mounded form and are excellent bloomers, especially is you deadhead frequently. The butterflies seem to like the cheerful orange ones the most. Our fall weather has been mild with temperatures in the 90F during the day dropping into the low 70F at night and these flowers are not showing any signs of slowing down.
Photo taken in Georgetown, Texas, along the bank of San Gabriel River.
The photo below has been edited with Topaz Studio and Topaz Labs plug in, Simplify, using the finger painting effect.
Happy Summer Solstice to all my northern hemisphere friends. I love sitting on the porch in the morning, drinking coffee, listening to the birds and enjoying this peaceful corner of my life. I have developed a love for succulents. Easy to grow and so pretty. There are also a couple of scented geraniums, one lime and the other is has lemon rose scent. A perfect way to enjoy this beautiful summer day.