Recalling the warmth of summer and the dazzle of a brilliant sun, I fell in love with Summer 2021. For me, "Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside me" (Benjamin Alire Saenz) and so, I searched for beauty within the skies, sunsets across sunlit seas, and through others' words. The urge to honor the summer season caused me to create gallery collections of beauty as vibrant as gardens that we nurture. In reality as Jenny Glow states, "We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course, it’s our garden that is really nurturing us."
Be filled with nature-inspired thoughts for humankind!
Pause to listen to Vivaldi, Summer from Four Seasons here.
Summer brings sweet surprises. We just need to discover them.
Eckphrastic Poetry from Artwork
by Linda Mitchell
Summer is a time for enjoying the pleasures of life.
Digital art by CVarsalona
Four-year-old Sierra's first poem
Watching a sunset
By Christie Wyman
Nature walks allow for meditational time.
Apple Picking Time
Photo by Linda MitchellCanoeing LovePhoto by Karen Eastlund
Digital Art by CVarsalona, Cape May, NJ
Reflecting through Painting
It is my hope that this gallery of artistic expressions nurtures your soul
and renews your spirits.
Thank you to the Poetry Friday poets who contributed to this edition of my global gallery, "Nurturing Our Summer Souls".
Nurturing Our Summer Souls Gallery Contributors
Mary Lee Hahn
Sarah Lewis Holmes
#If any Poetry Friday writers have an image poem but have not submitted an image poem for the gallery, please send me your offering. There will be a couple of more editions to this gallery.
The Introduction to the Nurturing Ours Summer Souls Gallery is located here
You can view the digital presentation on Canva by clicking the button Present here.
My thanks also goes to Catherine Flynn, teacher-poet for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. Catherine and her Inklings are creating original poems based on a challenge by Mary Lee Hahn.
Wow! This is a post to come back to again and again...especially around February when I'm missing warm weather and waiting ever so impatiently for spring. I love that tiny sticker on the monarch butterfly! And, Sierra's poem and coloring. What a work of love this post is. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Linda, thank you for the early morning comment. Sierra will be proud to hear that you enjoyed her poem and coloring. Because the call for offerings has so many image poems and photographs, I need to compartmentalize the gallery into different sections. It is fun curating the work and deciding where the submissions go. Thanks for always being a supporter, Linda.Delete
What a wonderful gallery you have created here, Carol! The images and words both will nurture my soul just at a time when I need it. Thank you for all the time you took in creating the gallery. I am so honored to be included. ~ Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples In My Orchard.ReplyDelete
Carol, Thank you for joining me on this journey of honoring the best of nature. Think Autumn for my next gallery collection but for now I have a couple of more editions to this gallery.Delete
Carol, your gallery is amazing and so are all those who contributed! I'm so grateful for all that you do to create galleries. Thanks for sharing this and hope you are enjoying the fall changes in New Jersey.ReplyDelete
Janice, I live in Virginia now so the extreme opposite of Long Island is what I observe daily. The countryside is close by and some hilly areas and mountains bordering WV and VA. I am constantly looking at different types of nature sites. Sadly, there is no ocean or beaches nearby but the creek down the street had a beautiful nature trail. I am eager to find fall in these places and ask others to do so to create a tribute to Mother Nature who provides such vibrant settings. Please consider creating an autumn image of a Syracuse or Central NY sight to share in an upcoming fall gallery.Delete
What a nice gallery! I'll miss the summer, too.ReplyDelete
While missing summer, Susan, we get to be surprised by nature's glorious sunburnt colors that signify a new season. Consider joining me at an upcoming gallery.Delete
Wow I am basking in the warmth of this collection, Carol! I think Sierra's 1st poem (!) is my all time favorite. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Bridget, for the glorious comment on Sierra's poem. I believe she is staying overnight tomorrow so I will love to tell her.Delete
What a warm and lovely summer gallery. Thank you, Carol, for including my poem and bringing all these treats together.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Denise, for being part of my gallery. I have at least two more editions of this gallery and then, I'm off to collect autumn poems.Delete
Carol, your galleries are always such a feast of image and word and wonder. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Sally, I hope you can offer an autumn image poem for my next gallery even though it is not the season is Australia right now. If you have time this would be wonderful. I know you are busy!Delete
Thank you for another fantastic gallery. Your choices capture the season perfectly!ReplyDelete
Mary Lee, fall is in the air but summer is in the soul right now.Delete
How wonderful to peruse this carefully curated gallery to the strains of Vivaldi. Such a nice way to bid farewell to summer. Thanks to you and all the contributors!ReplyDelete
I love these "sunstreaked memories!" Such a lovely job, Carol!ReplyDelete
What a delightful montage of image poems Carol, I love your "What Does Baby Know," it would make a nice picture book… and Sierra's poem and art too! I'm sending a few poems and art your way, thanks!ReplyDelete
You have outdone yourself, Carol! This summer gallery is stunning. So much to love and savor! My son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter live in northern Virginia and I love all the area trails we've hiked. I'm so happy for you that you are so close to your grandchildren. Enjoy!ReplyDelete