I live in North Carolina, where summer lasts from approximately April to September (and sometimes goes into October, if you can believe it). And when I say summer, I mean humidity, very little rain, and temperatures well above 80 degrees. There will be days when it’s nice and cool out and you can open your windows without choking on clouds of humidity, but then a thunderstorm brings another warm front through and you’re back in summer again. Basically, if you live in North Carolina, and you have a nice cool day in September, don’t believe for a second that fall has finally arrived. Chances are, you’ll be back to summer again in less than a week.
The good thing about the “eternal summer” is that flowers and other green, colorful things last a bit longer. And one of the only things I like about the humid conditions and random rainfalls is that afterwards, mushrooms pop up everywhere. So this is a post in which I become a nerd and talk about things like fungi and plants.
This is the only rose in the garden that has lasted into October and has not been destroyed by insects. I forget what cultivar/variety it is, but it smells lovely. (I wish this blog had a scratch-and-sniff feature…)
I think this is the biggest mushroom I have seen in my entire life. It was hiding under a shrub, so I almost missed it. It’s odd how it looks like it’s just standing on the ground like someone put it there.
And here’s a wolf spider (since Halloween is coming up) that was sitting on my porch. It was one of the bigger spiders I’ve seen, and I think it was carrying its babies on its back. It has a slightly “furry” look about it. All those spiderlings are kind of creepy.
I would have tried to take a picture of a gray squirrel, bird, or deer (the three most ubiquitous wild animals where I live), but I have a hard enough time taking pictures of stationary things. 🙂