This is the time of year when they start mowing around the trails at Shelley Lake. I like the smell of fresh mowed grass but I also like the way uncut tall grasses look. I'm never quite sure why they mow around the paved paths since they won't get covered up like the dirt ones would.The shot below is one I took a few months ago at the same general area although I turned to photograph the tall grasses and didn't get the path in the shot. That's the grass that was mowed. I think if it was up to me I would have let it be.
The shot below is the area below my deck which barely has a path left to walk through the blackberries and butterfly weed. That used to be one of the few parts of my garden that were mowed and left clear. I remember as more and more of the yard became a garden my daughter said, mom at least leave me enough room to toss a ball. That used to be the ball tossing area.
The berries below are growing pretty high in some trees along the path around Shelley Lake. I'm not sure what they are but they remind me more of fall berries than summer ones.One of the bushes in my front yard whose name escapes me looks like it is confused. The red leaves are usually a sign of fall but we are barely into mid summer.
As a matter of fact when I first saw the red in the bush above, I thought it was a male cardinal like the one in the tree below. Usually when a flash of red catches my eye in a tree or bush this time of year, it is a bird.The female cardinals tend to blend in more but the one below caught my eye. It's red beak was poking out for all to see.For other participants, please visit the home of Nature Notes.