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The Shade We Shall Never Sit In

“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.”

Henry David Thoreau



Dianthus (Caryophyllaceae)

As the old darkness drained into a new dawn, the clouds, sable and full, began a gentled release of its burden.




The drops fell silently in thin lines on the earth. There was no scarcity of beauty that drizzly day in the garden. The rain drops danced through a quarrelsome sky as they passed through spears of light jabbing the earth.


“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”

Henry David Thoreau



Wendy's Wish Salvia (Sage)


What follows are some of the images we captured in our summer rain-soaked garden.

Shasta Daisy Becky (Leucanthemum×superbum)

“Some of my pleasantest hours were during the long rain-storms in the spring or fall, which confined me to the house for the afternoon as well as the forenoon, soothed by their ceaseless roar and pelting; when an early twilight ushered in a long evening in which many thoughts had time to take root and unfold themselves.”

Henry David Thoreau



Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)



Ladybug (Coccinellidae)

Let the rain fall upon you in silver liquid drops.



Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)



Blue Jean Baby Cajun Hibiscus (Malvoideae)


Tree Fern (Dicksonia Antarctica)









Sweet Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)






Blue Anise Sage (Salvia Guaranitica)


Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia Laciniata)


Rosa Montezuma (Grandiflora)


Sunpatiens Rose Pink (Balsaminaceae)


Ruby Throat Hummingbird ( Archilochus Colubris) on Blue Anise Sage (Salvia Guaranitica)



House Finch (Haemorhous Mexicanus) + Geranium (Pelargonium)




Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia Laciniata)


Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)






Hibiscus (Malvaceae)




Geranium (Pelargonium)


Male Ruby Throat Hummingbird (Archilochus Colubris)




Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)


Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea Glabra)






Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)




Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)


Ladybug (Coccinellidae)


Ruby Throat Hummingbird ( Archilochus Colubris) Above a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)


Lantana (Verbenaceae)


Blue Daze (Evolvulus Glomeratus)


Scaevola ( Scaevola Aemula)

Mexican Petunia (Ruellia Simplex)


French Hydrangea (Hydrangea Macrophylla)

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.



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