Friday, August 19, 2016

World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day, a day when you can upload your photo and share your perspective of the world.

Of course, I didn't know about World Photography Day until about 10 minutes ago.  I had planned, instead, to blog about summer.

When you live in a northern city like I do (near Binghamton, in upstate New York), summer is like a special gift.  For a few short months, the grass is green, the trees have leaves, and the flowers bloom.

Now, the Labor Day (September 6) sales are already starting, and I just want to yell "Hey!  Summer isn't over yet!  There's a little more than a month left.  Don't rush it!"

Why do businesses always want to rush the season?  Why, I expect to see Christmas decorations in stores any minute now.

I must take action. What if I posted a top 10 list of what I love about summer?  Strange how I had already planned a post with lots of photos in it.

What about you?  Feel free to post your list in the comments.

In no particular order, here's my list:

My son tried to photograph a rainbow in this picture after a storm
10.  Summer skies and clouds.

9.  Being able to ride one of the six carousels in our Triple Cities - all, forever, free, due to a beloved businessman;

Otsiningo Park, June 2016
8.  Going to the park, and maybe even being able to watch a balloon launch.
On the High Line, July 5, 2013, New York City

7.  Ice cream trucks. And, for that matter, ice cream.
July Fest, downtown Binghamton, New York

6.  Festivals.

5.  Growing things in the warm weather, unless the weather is too hot.  Which, come to think of it, it's been this year.   But along with that, hot peppers, such as these Carolina Reaper peppers (not my son's plant, but he has several from this nursery) can really spice life up.
4.  Road trips.  Not that easy in the snowy, icy, wintertime.
Hydrangea, Binghamton, New York
3.  Taking exercise walks and being able to admire other people's flowers.

Sage 8-17-16
2.  Herbs:   Fresh herbs, and the joy of my spouse cooking with them.  Basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, mint, and more can be found in our front yard.
Our first tomato - July 9!

And the number 1 reason I love summer:

1.  FRESH TOMATOES.  For a little over a month, the fresh tomatoes are ripening, and I dream of the day of the first tomato the rest of the year.  My spouse makes a salad by combining grape tomatoes with some fresh mozzarella, adds some basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and instant heaven.

You can't do this with supermarket tomatoes, so don't even try.

Do you like summer?  If not, what is your favorite season? What is your favorite part of summer?

And do you plan to celebrate World Photography Day?


  1. No wonder you love Summer. There is so much to look forward to ... Your pics inspire me to try and have my own kitchen garden and grow tomatoes

  2. Fresh tomatoes are the best thing ever. We've got about 30 plants in our allotment and I just love it.

  3. I love the flowers of summer, but not too crazy about the heat. Our local nursery store is having a great sale and clearing out everything. The Christmas boxes for their tree decorations are all stacked in the greenhouse ready to be set up. All the Halloween decorations are out. I agree that the holidays are too rushed ahead of time.

  4. Great pictures -- summer is precious in the north and I enjoy every day of it...

  5. I prefer balsamic vinegar instead of the olive oil...

  6. I had no idea that it was world photography day. I wouldn't mind trying to improve my photography skills, Alana. Currently, I am too wrapped up in trying to sort a potential book cover for my latest novel (gulp!)
    -I adore the smell of fresh tomatoes, you cannot beat home grown ones. Yum yum!

  7. Love your list and photos! You truly captured the fabulous things about summer.

  8. Nice post. I too love ice cream, balloons, and fresh herbs...not necessarily in that order

  9. Awesome summer clicks. I am planning for a World Photography Post this Sunday and didn't know until this morning. In fact, yesterday I dug my Digi camera that was lying in dust...and clicked pictures.

  10. I did not know about world photography day. Seems like every day is a day of something.

    I do like summer when it's not too hot, but when it gets so very hot, I wish for a cooler season.

  11. I always look forward to your pictures but the first one of the sky and the clouds is truly amazing.
    One of the things I love about summer is being able to throw on a pair of shorts and top, step into my flip flops and go. No winter coats, gloves, boots, hats . . .

  12. I saw it was world photography day on facebook. Didn't do anything. But I go see it being a world event....It amazing what one share on the net when it comes to pictures.
    Coffee is on


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