It has been h o t here on the farm. Temperatures topped 90°F (32°C) almost every day last week. Not even the occasional thunderstorms brought relief -- all they did was wash everything clean, and raise the humidity. It's been so hot, Steve the outdoor cat has given up on his neighborhood rambles, preferring to laze about on the porch chairs and watch the blue jays steal his dry kibble.
But even with the heat and humidity, the days have been glorious. The rosebush continues its blooming frenzy ....
... and the daylilies by the porch are also in full, riotous bloom.
It's not just the cultivated plants that are showing off their summer faces; the native plants of Kentucky's fields -- milkweed, butterfly weed, wild daylilies, daisies, Queen Anne's lace, clover -- are blossoming as well.
On Father's Day (Sunday), the man and I went for a little drive. Our farm is just about midway between two lakes. Beaver Lake is the smaller of the two, about 150 acres, and is situated between us and town. Taylorsville Lake is much larger -- just over 3,000 acres -- and lies about five miles west of us. We decided to drive out toward Taylorsville Lake. There are several roads one could take to get there from here, but we chose to take roads that, for the most part, were narrow and unmarked with lane designations.
We passed through some of the most beautiful farm country! Corn is already knee-high in some places...
...and the farmers have made their first crop of hay.
This is the time of year when the fields are awash in a dozen different hues and tones of green.
We made our way to one of the many lake access ramps for boats that dot the shores of Taylorsville Lake. I was amazed at how busy the ramp was! When we pulled into the parking area, one boat was being brought up the ramp, and two more waited in the shallow water to have their turns. No one was on the floating dock, however, so I walked out on it to get some photos of the lake.
The quality of the light that afternoon was amazing. The three photographs above were taken within minutes of one another, but the changing light made them look completely different.
As we drove home, we passed a number of little scenes that caught my eye -- scenes that painters like Andrew Wyeth would have loved. I've always had a fondness for barns, and this red one seemed to glow in the afternoon sun.
I think the next time I want to go to the lake, we'll go down the road to Beaver Lake, and see what we can find along that road.
Tomorrow I'll reveal the final product of my "Mystery Garden" project! See you then!