Yesterday, I went kayaking,  the season’s first trip. Becuase of recent rains, the water is high and I was able to explore areas of Waywayanda Lake that usually is too shallow to explore.

Here are a few photos and a few thoughts.

Oh – good news. Yesterday, I mentioned my hope to reach the 750 blog follower mark. I did. Thank you all

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, outdoor, nature and water

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, outdoor, nature and water

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, outdoor, nature and water

Image may contain: plant, sky, outdoor and nature


Broad grasses
rise from the water,
flicker against the wind
like verdant flame.

Dragonflies dart
between these plumes of wet heat,
where silence is thick, sweaty
and time creeps as a turtle

from the mire to perch on a log,
know the sun, and rest


The blogstress at Impromptu Promptlings has offered a simple challenge. She wants to know what makes you happy.

Here’s a very simple response, a simple image/thought that makes me happy.

Image result for acorn shells


She’s pries
the shell
from each acorn,
arranges them

in parallel rows
that stretch
from the yellow mums
to the birdbath,

a cobblestone street
where she imagines
weary sprites
will rest silver wings,

astride the benevolence
of chipmunks,
and find their
way home.


Liberty Loop

Liberty Loop Wildlife Refuge is in Pine Island, New York. The 2.5-mile Liberty Loop Trail was created on a former sod farm, which before it was manipulated for agricultural use had been a forested wetland. The trail is co-aligned with the Appalachian Trail for 1 mile. The trail loops around a wetland and grassland management unit, providing an excellent opportunity to observe waterfowl and grassland birds. The trail is flat and provides easy walking. Hunting is not allowed on this part of the refuge. This morning, I walked the Liberty Loop Trail with my wife and son. Here are a few of the sights we saw.

My son, Garrett Thomas Summers. He’s almost 12.


WordPress Photo Challenge: Shadowed

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is titled Shadowed. “Low-light photography can be difficult to get right, but sometimes the absence of light can make for a compelling, dramatic photograph. Experimenting with shadows can be a fun and rewarding way to push yourself to try something new with your camera and your surroundings, and look beyond the obvious shot.”

The photo posted below, taken today, has a bit of shadow and a bit of light.

photo by S. Thomas Summers

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Shadowed.”