Steamy!

It’s been a cool summer,

But a few days in July were hot and steamy.

It was a strange feeling to wake up to an autumnal landscape

But to feel so very sticky and sweaty.

The peonies drooped their graceful heads

In the heat –

And even the fallen petals seemed to be sweating

In the early morning dew.

And where one peony had almost finished blooming

Another was eagerly waiting to take its place.

It’s the cycle of life, the cycle of the seasons waxing and waning.

The bee emerging from deep within the peony departs reluctantly — Basho

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78 responses

  1. Di

    I can nearly smell the peonies.. poor things get so top heavy, don’t they? Lovely photos.

    August 27, 2012 at 16:13

  2. you are an amazing photographer…lovely compositions!

    August 27, 2012 at 16:13

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood

    The peonies are gorgeous and you are indeed an amazing photographer! I love your captures for the day! Hope you have a great week!

    August 27, 2012 at 16:23

  4. So sweet and the compositions are very interesting! Very cool capture on the flower :)

    August 27, 2012 at 16:34

  5. Wonderful photos, the first one is great …

    August 27, 2012 at 16:37

  6. daryledelstein

    beautiful … peony is such a photographable flower ..

    August 27, 2012 at 16:38

  7. Lovely pictures, I have some peony in my garden dark red and rosa and only a few white which smell very nice

    August 27, 2012 at 17:13

  8. Well, this looks like a fun meme! Your peony shots are so beautiful and I love the way you told the story. You have a wonderful way with words.

    August 27, 2012 at 17:41

  9. Don

    A real tonic, as always. Wonderful images.

    August 27, 2012 at 17:50

  10. imac

    Even your photos look great in that heat, You find beauty in all weathers my friend.

    August 27, 2012 at 17:58

  11. Such beautiful pictures. I particularly like the first one.

    August 27, 2012 at 18:50

  12. TexWisGirl

    that first shot was dreamy.

    August 27, 2012 at 19:19

  13. quite wonderful, as always.

    August 27, 2012 at 19:38

  14. I love this Lady fi!
    You have capture them so beautifully… specially the last one… ;))
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

    August 27, 2012 at 20:49

  15. Bob

    Beautiful and sweaty up in USA.

    August 27, 2012 at 21:07

    • I live in Sweden – so it’s not often it’s this sweaty!

      August 28, 2012 at 05:52

  16. Peonies. Haven’t seen those for months. Lovely.

    August 27, 2012 at 21:14

  17. cloudia

    you take us THERE/HERE

    thanks with Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^=
    >

    August 27, 2012 at 21:29

  18. Still a beautiful shot though.

    August 27, 2012 at 21:37

  19. Ahhhhh. . . the beautiful peonies. Even the daisy is looking up at its ruffled presence in an awe-like trance! Lovely shots!

    August 27, 2012 at 22:23

  20. oh lovely pics of the flowers…even fallen they are beautiful too…we had dense fog here this morning…like soup….

    August 27, 2012 at 22:26

  21. What a lovely post and of course…beautiful photos.

    August 27, 2012 at 23:28

  22. Pat

    Beautifully photographed!

    August 27, 2012 at 23:30

  23. — the scent of peonies is like part of my childhood…I smell them, Lady Fi. I do!

    And it makes me want all of that time back!

    August 27, 2012 at 23:50

  24. Peonies are my favourite!

    August 28, 2012 at 00:12

  25. Beautiful scene and your peonies are just gorgeous. Lovely images. Have a wonderful week, Lady Fi

    August 28, 2012 at 00:52

  26. onceupona

    Beautiful peonies– a favorite! Although I do not love the ant is requires to form so beautiful a blossom. -Cheers! Danette

    August 28, 2012 at 00:56

  27. Looking at those flowers, I swear i smelled a slight fragrant scent. You really bring things to life with your mad skills! Love this!

    August 28, 2012 at 02:10

  28. Beautiful pictures and perfect words. ( I can’t get used to the rare foggy rainy days we have in Florida , when even in Winter it’s hot. In Oregon gray damp equals chilly cold.)

    August 28, 2012 at 04:01

  29. It’s starting to cool down here….so sad.

    August 28, 2012 at 04:02

  30. Only you could photograph droopy and show such beauty.

    August 28, 2012 at 04:12

  31. These pictures speak more than words!

    August 28, 2012 at 05:24

  32. Wow ! those flowers are gorgeous.

    August 28, 2012 at 05:57

  33. we had a hot summer, but one day last week we woke up in the middle of autumn. luckily, it only lasted 24 hours, but September is coming…

    August 28, 2012 at 06:51

  34. Very nice

    August 28, 2012 at 07:26

  35. Ladyfi,
    First photo brings me cool, comfortable autumn which I am waiting for badly!! Oh, poor peony flowers! During Japan’s notorious summer I am something like them, melting. Especially I love the first one!! Fabulous.
    keiko

    August 28, 2012 at 07:51

  36. Your images are always a delight. Thank you.

    August 28, 2012 at 08:50

  37. Lovely photos!

    August 28, 2012 at 09:46

  38. Peonies are such a beautiful flowers. Great photos.

    August 28, 2012 at 09:52

  39. Yes, peonies are a beautiful flower. But the like cool climates. We can’t grow them here in Hamilton because our climate is too mild – Dave

    August 28, 2012 at 10:39

  40. jcosmonewbery

    I love the delicate nature of the petals, especially in the last photo – you captured it beautifully.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:37

  41. The peonies are looking glorious!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:47

  42. Delicious photos, charming, these pictures are pure poetry. Greetings.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:41

  43. Nice pictures you show.
    Wish you a good Tuesday :)
    Hanne Bente

    August 28, 2012 at 13:27

  44. It’s really lovely and beautiful even if it’s cool.

    August 28, 2012 at 13:53

  45. I love the steamy shot and also the beautiful flowers.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:12

  46. Love your dog ~ ^_^ ~ Lots of excellent photos ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor) on Blogger ^_^

    Lovely to have you stop by ~ ^_^

    August 28, 2012 at 14:14

  47. What beautiful photos. Have a good week.

    August 28, 2012 at 14:22

  48. Very beautiful pictures !

    August 28, 2012 at 17:00

  49. Lovely photos!
    We’ve had hot or hot & steamy way more than normal this summer. I’m waiting for fall…and snow! ;)

    August 28, 2012 at 17:07

  50. Fantastic, I like such photographs. I am greeting

    August 28, 2012 at 19:07

  51. lindyloumacinitaly

    Calling by from Our World Tuesday, as always your world looks stunning in these photos.

    August 28, 2012 at 19:28

  52. You’ve captured some beautiful scenes in spite of the steamy weather.

    August 28, 2012 at 20:18

  53. Cute shots ! ♥

    August 28, 2012 at 21:04

  54. Beautiful !

    August 28, 2012 at 21:10

  55. Such lovely shots of those peonies….makes me long for spring again.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    August 28, 2012 at 21:30

  56. Lovely shots! the peonies are beautiful…and the landscape in fog…wow!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 22:16

  57. It’s rather wet in England too this summer.
    I went to Sheffield this bank holiday! Ha~
    Originally I wanted to visit the Peak District and use Sheffield as a base.
    But the weather was so rubbish, so I stayed in the town instead…
    Still, it’s a lovely place to explore.
    Come and see my photos tomorrow.

    August 28, 2012 at 23:07

  58. Stunning!

    August 28, 2012 at 23:10

  59. Wow, that steaminess really shows the humidity! Beautiful photos!

    August 29, 2012 at 00:37

  60. Oh such gorgeous photos, I love your flower with its beautiful petals! :)

    August 29, 2012 at 00:43

  61. anonymous– that should be me Viola :))

    August 29, 2012 at 00:43

  62. Yours is quite simply one of the most beautiful blogs in the entire blogosphere!

    August 29, 2012 at 04:46

  63. cosmos

    Here, peonies bloom in May. Mine is red but I love this pinkish shade. Stay cool!

    August 29, 2012 at 06:20

  64. What a flower, What a Color. Thanks for sharing images.

    August 29, 2012 at 06:22

  65. Love the first photo, particularly – all misty and dreamy….. beautiful!

    August 29, 2012 at 09:17

  66. nice shots. I am glad teh worst heat is over. Some chilly days would be perfect.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:58

  67. Warm and close-up photos with great colors. I can not remember that heat over here..:-)

    Happy week to you!

    August 29, 2012 at 19:38

  68. Beautiful pictures, peonies are one of my favorites; they don’t last long but they are so full of perfume and colour it doesn’t matter.

    August 30, 2012 at 01:38

  69. Lovely photos..I like Peonies ..and if it rains they don’t last real long..your bloom in July..interesting..ours always bloom the first week in June:)

    August 30, 2012 at 03:23

  70. It definitely is that time of year.
    I actually saw my first fall leaf as I walked to work on Monday.
    I do hope that summer stays just a bit longer.

    August 30, 2012 at 16:11

  71. First and third are my favorite this time. Gorgeous shots…:)

    August 30, 2012 at 18:31

  72. Jim

    So poetic and wise, Fiona. Lovely photos.

    August 31, 2012 at 00:10

  73. The posies look and act just like I do in heat.

    August 31, 2012 at 03:02

  74. Wonderful photos, the first one is awesome …
    nice composition and mood

    August 31, 2012 at 11:28

  75. Beautiful photos as always.

    August 31, 2012 at 13:09

  76. JM

    Fabulous shots! Great post.

    September 2, 2012 at 16:09

  77. These are just so pretty! Love the flowers!

    September 3, 2012 at 14:33

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