Friday, September 11, 2020

Unveiling Embraceable Summer Gallery 2019

 "Nature's beauty is a constant and a reminder that life continues with hope for a better tomorrow." 

Inspired by Long Island's ocean shores, you are cordially invited to
stroll through the second segment of Embraceable Summer Gallery, an unfolding collection of glimmering sights, calming sounds, and wistful moments of summer 2019.  This collection is a seasonal gift showcasing the beauty of nature.  Linger awhile in the above digital inspiration where glistening sand lines a tranquil shoreline of northern Long Island.   Reflect on this past year how your life has been affected by the unforeseen pandemic and find peaceful moments in your end-of-summer days.  Please start your gallery walk with the introductory segment of Embraceable Summer Gallery that was unveiled on September 3, 2020Click here for a playlist that accompanies the gallery.
Looking Back to Summer Past
The Embraceable Summer Gallery is created in segments due to the vast array of artistic expressions spanning a two-year journey of summers around the globe. Messages of gratitude go out to a group of patient global contributors who crafted individual stories via digital platforms. I share snapshot moments of quiet inspiration from nature across the globe during Summer 2019.  Enjoy your gallery walk.

Summer of 2019 was
spiritually renewing,
and wrapped in sunshine
from dawn to sunset.
©CV, 2020
Tara Coulter, Vancouver Island, BC
Amanda Potts, Ottawa, Ontario
summer freshness
gardens bright, lines of laundry -
daily enchantments
summer's allure
gift of rest, relaxation -
call to slow down
You can hear an audio version of Kiesha Shepard's poem here.
Summer evenings blanket earth in 
 “bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron.  
It’s the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.” 
- Mia Kirshner
Laura Toledo, Southold, Long Island
September brings
new routines for summer's end
notice the change
"When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides, away." 
-Sarah Helen Whitman
Northport, Long Island at day's end, ©CV, 2020
When summer of 2019 neared its end, an autumnal equinox approached.
A Harvest Moon amazed earth!
"Harvest moon: around the pond I wander and the night is gone."
-Matsuo Basho
Friday the 13th, September 2019
Parting Digital Inspirations

Contributors to the 2nd Segment of #EmbraceableSummer Gallery:

#chazchaz via Al Dhalla
Terje Akke
Linda Baie
Lakshmi Bhat
Les Buchanan
Tara Coulter
Al Dhalla
Karen Eastlund
Matt Forrest Esenwine
Fred Harwood
Michelle Kogan
Anne LaBlanc
Rachel Murat
Sharon Norden
Amanda Potts
Joyce Ray
Kiesha Shepard
Donna Smith
Laura Toledo
Carol Varsalona
I send this gallery across social media to celebrate the beauty of nature as a constant reminder of what we have to be grateful for as opposed to what we are missing. The first stop is Poetry Friday,  hosted by Texan teacher/poet, Kiesha Shepard. You can read Kiesha's poetic offering above.

NOTE: Continue to stop by for more unveilings of the Embraceable Summer Gallery. There are many more offerings from 2019 coming in future installments.
Enjoy your end-of-summer weekends.


  1. Carol, these are beautiful. Thank you for collectin and sharing these treasures.

    1. Thanks, Kay for dropping by. I have not been able to make the Poetry Friday rounds due to disrupted internet service. Life has been interrupted but a nature walk today gave me a chance to enjoy the last days of summer.

  2. Hi Carol! Ever so grateful to be a part of this embraceable collection. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the gallery. It's a lovely tribute to a quite memorable summer. Be well! xx

    1. Thanks for hosting, Kiesha, and stopping by with a comment. I have had so much to do this weekend that I have not had a chance to read through the Roundup yet. I look forward to seeing what everyone has to offer.

  3. Another beautiful gallery, Carol - in words and pictures! You should be commended for this hard work!

    1. Thank you, Matt, for your continual support of the gallery and your offerings each time. I am going to miss summer but autumn is a wonderful season on Long Island.

  4. What a marvelous escape to get lost in all these poems and images… Lovely opening poem and image of your own–they're both glimmering from the sun. Thanks for all your efforts in assembling this gallery, and including my painting Carol!

    1. Michelle, thank you for the lovely comment. I have been spending the afternoon soaking in the beauty of additional digital inspirations for this week's edition of the gallery. All of a sudden most of the work I added vanished. Just another typical pandemic day...

  5. Carol, thank you for this stunning collection of global images to remind us of the beauty that surrounds and envelops us. The poetic words coax us further into spaces we have missed in the anxiety-ridden summer of 2020. The inclusion of art is also wonderful, and I should have stated that the watercolor with my cirku was painted by my dear friend Susan Rock.

    1. Thanks for adding your friend's name in the comments, Joyce, and thank you for stopping by to view the gallery with your piece inside.

  6. Your gallery is a heart warming gift, letting the summer linger, extending the light and beauty into the arriving darkness of fall. Thank you from the bottom if my heart.

    1. Terje, I just found your reply to the summer gallery. It was a gift of sunshine on a winterlike day.