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Under Solstice Sun

June 22, 2011

Break out the streamers!

Today, Tuesday, was the first day of Summer. It was also the season’s solstice, making this the longest — sunniest — day of the year …. Cause for Druid-ish celebration, gluttony-inducing feasts and pyramidal monument building throughout history, I quietly danced a solstice jig at arriving home with enough sunlight to shoot these scenes from the Rancho’s garden. Riverside reached a high of 95° this afternoon, and it was still plenty warm at 7:30 p.m. … feel that heat, light?

Brugmansia’s summer fanfare has angelic overtones.


Pride of Madeira greets the season with a laid-back attitude.


Lucky horseshoes hoist sun-worshipping succulents.


Summer dressing? Sticks-on-fire go lime green 


A festive echeveria rocks that ultra-violet.


Buttercup blossoms make eyes at a cactus apple.


Fringe-dwelling fruit lives life on the edge.


Prickles, poppies and Rancho ‘R’; Summer 2011 is now!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 3:10 pm

    It’s hip to be square! Sorry, couldn’t resist. I love the square format and cross-processed looking colors, gives a whole new take on your homestead!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 22, 2011 4:54 pm

      I loved how the colors really reflected how bright and light it was so late in the day… still: not feeling the heat!

  2. Paul permalink
    June 24, 2011 12:16 am

    I enjoyed the heat from here.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 24, 2011 12:17 am

      Awwww … you mean it’s not hot there?

  3. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    June 24, 2011 4:59 pm

    It is getting warm, isn’t it? (115° yesterday!) Every year we (read: me) know it’s coming, but every year when it gets hot, we cry and complain about how we can’t believe it is so hot outside. It’s a tradition, I guess you could say. Your yard’s looking lovely, btw. Brugmansia’s out of control!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 24, 2011 6:38 pm

      I KNOW! As my co-workers observe continually: “You hate the heat, yet live in Riverside … ??” Unbelievably, they ask for consistency, even after knowing me for more than 15 years in some cases!

  4. June 25, 2011 4:42 am

    i’m jealous of your heat! we are still juny gloomy here. your garden seems to bask in the warmth and simply glow!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 25, 2011 5:48 am

      You officially have my permission to help yourself to our heat whenever you like! May I suggest all of August?

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