August comes officially to an end and so does the meteorological Summer, which differs from the astronomical End of Summer on September 21, this year. But here in North Texas, we will notice the difference a little bit later. The next days and weeks, we still will experience days in the low to mid 90s. Yeah, for us it still will feel like Summer. 😉
At this time of the year, I usually see a lot of hay bales out in the fields. But finding the right field for some photos can be challenging sometimes. Either the light is not perfect, or the farmer put the bales too close together, which doesn’t look attractive for a little photo shoot. But I found this field across the highway. And when the sun almost set, the light was just at the perfect angle. I was lucky back then. Because now, there is a house community built on that very same field. I don’t like it. But it is part of the progress in the Metroplex.
Texas sunsets are not only stunning at the lake. They are also very nice to watch from our backyard at home. I love the glowing sky in the evening. These two sunsets are actually one week apart, when I captured them.
Storm clouds started to come in, when the sun began to set on this beautiful August evening.
In August 2015, I had a beautiful Summer flower garden. It looked very inviting for our backyard wildlife. Next to butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, we also hosted a den for Eastern Cottontail bunnies. And a hummingbird family came over to visit our yard on a daily basis as well. Plant an environment for wildlife, and they will come! Here are some bloom photos of that wonderful Summer:
The Monarch became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature.
Today, we finally had a thunderstorm with some decent rain in North Texas. It hasn’t been raining for quite some time. And we are back into the drought again, this Summer. I’m always fascinated what an amazing light show Mother Nature provides for us at moments like these. In the South, the lightning can be wicked. But it is stunning as well. Here is a photo of a powerful lightning strike, I’ve witnessed in early August 2013:
One of my favorite photos I’ve captured by the Restaurant Trail at The Colony Shoreline Trail back in 2014. I love the silhouettes of the thistles, branches and leaves in this photo.