The Freshness of Summer

“…that beautiful season the Summer! Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new-created in all the freshness of childhood.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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10 thoughts on “The Freshness of Summer

  1. I love Longfellow but I guess I missed this one. I never heard it before or read it. Maybe it’s just my old memory. Thank you, I’ll do some research and seek it out.

  2. This picture has a dreamlike quality Nancy. Love the reflection of the girls and their surroundings in the golden water!

  3. **Jane Marie, this is an excerpt from one of my favorite Longfellow poems, and one that’s near and dear to my heart as I live only minutes from Grand Pre, the site of the expulsion of the Acadiens. It’s from Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie :)

  4. It continues, by the way:

    Peace seemed to reign upon earth, and the restless heart of the ocean was for a moment consoled. All sounds were in harmony blended.
    Voices of children at play, the crowing of cocks in the farm-yards,
    Whir of wings in the drowsy air, and the cooing of pigeons,
    All were subdued and low as the murmurs of love, and the great sun
    Looked with the eye of love through the golden vapors around him;
    While arrayed in its robes of russet and scarlet and yellow,
    Bright with the sheen of the dew…
    Isn’t it lovely?

  5. This latest post is dreamy. I can practically hear the cicadas and insects and smell the summer air. A simply perfectly gorgeous photo. This is perfection.

  6. It’s lovely indeed, as is the photo of your daughters.

    How wonderful it must be to have those shots, taken so lovingly and artfully. What treasured keepsakes your photos of your girls as children must be.

  7. *gardenpath — yes, these are my daughters, the photo taken about 21 years ago. Sheesh…when did THAT happen?! It was taken at Whale Creek, a popular beach campground within walking distance of their childhood home. Hard to believe they’re all grown up now. :(

    Thanks everyone for stopping by!

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