Monday, August 31, 2009

365 Project: August

"August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a match flame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away."
- Elizabeth Maua Taylor, August

The month of August offered a satisfying blend of classic culture and pop culture, going places and just hanging out at home.

As in the past, the pictures which seem to attract the most views are those which feature my husband's artwork

A labeled display of his reloading accessories also proved popular. I'm lucky to have a spouse with such exceptional skills and interests!

It's very difficult for me to select favorites, since each photograph has its own special significance. For August, I choose "Plaid Memories" for nostalgia

and "The Mighty Hudson," a nature shot

This year, I won't be returning to my position as a school teacher/librarian. And, although I'm thoroughly enjoying retirement, I will greatly miss my colleagues and, most of all, my students.

When we visited the Washington County Fair last week, my relatives were astonished by the number of students who greeting me with a smile and a hug. So I close this month with one of their happy faces

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." -Annie (Film)

You can see a slideshow of the 31 August photos here or view all of my 2009 photos to date here.

The two groups to which I contribute are 365/2009 and 2009/365.


M Coleman said...

Great way to close the summer and open up autumn season, as well. Visuals are such a great springboard for words - nice to see them so nicely intertwined.

KBeil said...

Such a wonderful post as August ends! I enjoy your photos and liked hearing about your favorites. Life will be very different now that you are retired. Take some time to figure things out before jumping into too much, but I know you'll be back to spending time with kids sometime in the future.

diane said...

Thank you, ladies! Autumn is my favorite season, but it will quite different this year, with no return to the classroom.