Thursday, 23 September 2010

The Spirit of Summer

Summer has almost passed and Autumn is just beginning, so I thought I would leave a small tribute to those long summer days and look forward to their return.

Sonnet XVIII: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.


Sandra said...

i can see you have been playing again. great job, love both the photos. the color is super on the first one, and i am trying to figure out what the butterflies are on in the middle.

Picturit said...

Sandra, it is a dried thistle head.

Scott said...

Nice work on these. Very artistic and enjoyable to view.

Robin said...

Ah, the fleeting passing of butterflies into the wind and rains of Autumn!

Stacey Dawn said...

I adore blue butterflies!
Love your images - very artsy - cool and beautiful!

S. Etole said...

That first photo took my breath away ...

Sarah C said...

Beautiful photos; Love how you've done them

Valerie said...

Beautiful pictures and sonnet, so nice to see on an extremely wet Friday morning.

E Squared and Mui said...

I really like the way you processed both these photos, but the top one is my favorite.

Montanagirl said...

How beautiful - the photos and the verse!

Elaine said...

Lovely effect!

Dave said...

very artistic, nice work.