**I've edited this post to include a poem I wrote for fun about Flighty's washing bowl pond, tadpoles, a fox and a robin. Click on for larger version.
The evenings have been lovely, tempting me to go for a sunset walk to the beach. Accompanied by the fragrance of honeysuckle and roses wafting on the breeze as I listened to the twilight song of birds, I thoroughly enjoyed the last rays of the day. I decided to stop at the top of the trail rather than descend to the shore. I stood there for a long time breathing deeply as the sun slowly sank from sight.
Because of the strong breeze, the waves were rolling and I could hear them crash on the shore. I took a few photos along the horizon and later stitched them together to form a couple of panoramic views, one of which I have used in my header.
On my walk home, I saw the silhouette of a bird which appeared to be on a feeding mission.
Yesterday my brother and his partner came for dinner. We barbecued chicken and skewered vegetables (no photos!), but I did manage to take a photo of desert. It was a light cake (1 cup egg whites), resembling an angel food cake, with a touch of cinnamon and streaks of chocolate throughout. I served this with strawberries, blueberries and vanilla ice cream. It was very pleasant to sit out on the deck relaxing with company and enjoying dinner together.
Today, a dragonfly was visiting the rose garden and fortunately, she landed on a rock! I know it was a 'she' because of the delving I had to do to find out! What we have here is a Female Common Whitetail Dragonfly.
Here's a wiki link and another link.
She then flew off the rock and landed in the cedar shavings to offer a profile view.
I am really appreciating my time at home, especially since it is always such a busy time as the school year draws to a close.