Bees & Butterflies and The Dog Days of Summer

We had such a nice weather break at the beginning of the week, but it only lasted for two days and the hot August weather returned. It seemed to build each day with Sunday being the worst….80 degrees prior to 10 a.m. and 93 in the afternoon with a heat index of 98.

It was most certainly one of those days that can only be described as ‘the dog days of summer’.

dog days of summer collage

If you have ever wondered where that expression came from, see HERE.

While I chose not to melt on the bleachers in the scorching sun at a grandson’s football game that afternoon, I was outside here and there to gather tomatoes and capture some action shots.

Who is this little guy that landed on me as I passed the hydrangea bush? I don’t know but such pretty coloring.

bug on hydrangea and tomatoes collage

Then this might just look like a collage of flowers but there was a bit of action going on here as well.

floral collage

In the morning when I returned from a “it’s too hot and humid already!” walk, there was a bee enjoying  a leisurely breakfast.

bee on vine collage

The reason that I dragged the camera out again in the afternoon was due to this butterfly who was just taking her time amongst the various flowers :

butterfly closeup

Her wings fluttered constantly as she sipped the nectar  ( or however it is technically described :)

butterfly on zinnia collage

In contrast, in another area of the front, this little guy appeared to be taking a nap. He wasn’t moving at all.

little bee on yellow flower

Clearly the heat affected him just like it affects me but not this butterfly ….ever in motion, visiting flower after flower…

butterfly yellow collage

Meanwhile as to that football game that I did not go to; at half-time I was texted that the score was 36-0 / I started feeling bad for the other kids.

Starting on the last area of spools and cable portion prior to the border in regards to hand-quilting by the afternoon :

stars and spools quilt sunday afternoon 28th

When I see fall decor out in the stores, or hear about fall, or see decor bloggers rushing us towards fall,  all that  I can think of  on a day like today, is that there is an entire month of summer left, and She’s Been Reminding Us of That Lately :)

When I loaded the Sunday photos from the camera  on to the computer, a few showed up from the other evening that I’d already forgotten about. I may as well include them here, though clearly I was too lazy to walk down the street for shots that would avoid the wires !

evening clouds late august

Wishing you a good week this last week of August, transitioning into September :)

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26 Responses to Bees & Butterflies and The Dog Days of Summer

  1. Karen says:

    Yes a whole month at the very least of summer still, I love summer days sitting out on the porch but not the humidity of the afternoons – this summer has been very humid. The newsman just said later this week will be lower humidity and I look forward to it. Love all your plants and you quilt – it is looking so good and to know you are to the final border must make you happy – what is next in the quilting hoop?

  2. barb says:

    beautiful garden photos. Love the bugs and bees. What gorgeous sky photos too. i just started the borders of my hand quilting project too – yay!

  3. Bernie says:

    Deb, your photography is just stunning. Those butterflies and bees – gorgeous. Truly.

    Yes, I agree. Even tho I am tired of the heat, I am not rushing to greet Autumn. Time goes by too quickly as it is. I have a large number of mini pumpkins and decorative gourds growing in the garden this year and I look forward to bringing them inside when I decorate for a change of season. But not yet. It is still summer. :-)

  4. Margie says:

    I always go out at 6:30 to enjoy sitting out…with Missy, of course. Missy insists! Cat rules!

  5. Eileen says:

    Hello, lovely images and post. I love your furbabies. The flowers and butterflies are gorgeous. The quilt is beautiful too. We had maybe one day of cooler weather and it went right back to the hot and humid summer weather. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  6. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I love your gorgeous photos–they make me want to spend more time in my garden!

  7. Joyce says:

    Such a nice slice of life under the summer sun! Regardless of the humidity, it’s always better than bitter winter days and mountains of snow to navigate.
    Your close ups of insects are amazing! What a glimpse of their lives that reflect our own – gathering food, eating it, and just taking a break once in awhile!
    If I were a biologist, I’d name that cute little worm a “Mosaic!”

  8. Jane says:

    That first colorful bug is precious, the color and pattern reminds me of Mexican tiles. Pretty butterflies, too.

    We have been in the 80’s but the humidity is so high you really don’t want to be out unless you are just sitting. I’m pretty good at that. Waiting for a cooler day to weed.

    Have a good week, Deb!


  9. It is a beautiful day and evening in your neighborhood. :-) We have seen lots of bees and small moths but very few butterflies. I miss them.

  10. Great photos. Your quilt is lovely too.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  11. Wow – you have got so much colour in this week’s post, really gorgeous critters collages. I can feel the heat emanating from your pages! I hope the weather is more pleasant this week for you although being inside gives you time to work on your beautiful quilt :)
    Have a fun week
    Wren x

  12. Barb says:

    Your zinnias and sunflowers are just beautiful! I think the plants like humidity even if people don’t! Can you imagine playing football in all that heat? Love the butterflies and bugs.

  13. Kyle Redente says:

    Your photos are always so beautiful and really captured those hot day of August

  14. Melanie says:

    Beautiful photos that totally express the dog days of summer! We haven’t hit that yet here in northern IL. We’ve had average temps (80’s) and humid and then it’ll be cooler this week, but then back up into the 80’s. We’ll see if we hit 90+ in the next few weeks; you just never know here! Always love seeing the quilting you’re working on – you’re so talented.

  15. Yes it is hot. The tomatoes look divine and the flowers are so pretty. The spools quilt is coming along nicely.

  16. Dolly says:


    In the second set of photos, I’d like to know the name of the flowers in the photo, top left…..beside you and the little moth. I don’t care about the fancy name, but I’ve never seen anything like it, reminding me of a dogwood bloom.

    I love flowers !

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Dolly that ‘s my pee gee hydrangea bush….blooms white initially and then is just starting to turn pink :)

  17. Summer says:

    Those tomatoes look so nice and ready to be eaten ♥

  18. Jayne says:

    Your photos are just gorgeous! thank goodness for digital cameras! Imagine having to wait to get them developed…like the ‘old’ days!

  19. Carol says:

    Your photos are exquisite… love your garden

  20. Jann Olson says:

    Deb, our weather had the same pattern. Cool and very fall like for a few days and back up in the 90’s. We don’t get bad humidity here though. I have had so many bees and butterflies in the garden lately. I think they are hurrying to enjoy the nectar before it is gone. :) Your photos are gorgeous! Isn’t nature beautiful? Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. Susan says:

    Not transitioning fast enough for me. LOL I’m done with heat, wish the weather were! Thank you for sharing your lovely insect photos and your beautiful flowers and clouds. I can’t believe you are almost to the borders already on that quilt! Great job.

  22. Sherry Legan says:

    Your photo’s are breathtaking. Love the dogs at the top! And your quilt is gorgeous.
    The Fabulous Fall Party started today at my blog.
    Come over and party!

  23. Grandma Kc says:

    Great pictures as always! But I guess I need to clean the contacts as when I first saw the title I thought it said Bears, Butterflies and… I thought OMG now she has bears! Thanks for the giggle and for all the pretty pictures.

  24. Sylvia D. says:

    Debra, There has been some activity in your garden. Looks like the bee cooperated a bit. I took over a dozen pics the other day for a good bee one and not much luck. They were flitting around like crazy. It was cool and windy so maybe that played a part. Love the sky pictures. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

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