Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

July 24, 2011

Portrait of a Summer Evening

I don’t have to tell you it is hot.  Seems most of the country has been experiencing a heat wave over the last few days.  Thankfully, at least around here, it seems to be breaking today.  Highs should only be in the upper 80’s and we have a chance for showers throughout the day.  Due to the heat of the day, evening has been the more pleasant time to head outside, and it is a nice time for taking pictures.

The girls came outside for a swim and hand-stand practice:


The day lillies glow in the evening:


One of my dahlias showed a deep red that I have difficulty capturing in the daytime:

The sky was painted with swirly clouds:


And some of my favorite summer creatures came around for a photo session:


Tiger Swallowtail butterfly


Hummingbird moth


and my hummingbird took his evening post.


Daphne says, “I don’t care what you think, Mom, it is still too hot!”


  1. Love evening for taking pictures. I don’t often make it then though. Yours are lovely!

    Comment by Carol — July 24, 2011 @ 10:34 am | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. I didn’t have to stray far for these, they were all just outside my back door.

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2011 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  2. Feeling your summer heat. You captured the sweltry feel of it beautifully. I love how your girls legs are up in the air. Very creative! (Our temps plummeted from 95 down to the 60’s a couple of days ago. It’s almost TOO cool. Shouldn’t complain, should we?)

    Comment by Kathy — July 24, 2011 @ 11:15 am | Reply

    • Even though the weather was hotter-than-normal over the past few days, you won’t hear me complain. I am a summer girl, through and through, and I will always take the heat and humidity over the cold and damp and raw.
      Thank you Kathy.

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2011 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  3. WELL… I’m thinking if these are the class of shots you’re taking when the weather is to darn hot, then bring on the sweltering heat… lol… You certainly did capture some real nice ones on this summers eve Karen… Love the expression on Daphne’s face too.. 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — July 24, 2011 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Brian. I love summer time and I will always be accepting of the heat (more so than my husband and daughters – they were all raised since they were tiny babies with air conditioning; I was not, LOL!) I imagine Daphne’s expression shows how most furry creatures are feeling at this time of the year!

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2011 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  4. I wish we had this much color here, all be have is brown, crunchy grass with a few green spots left. No end in sight for our heat wave either, but then again, it’s just a typical Texas summer. And if we had a pool in our yard, the water would be hotter than bathwater right now.
    Love your Dahlia ♥

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 24, 2011 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks Michaela. Any chance of hubby’s job moving north any time soon?

    Comment by Karma — July 25, 2011 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  6. Wonderful shots! Daphne is right, way to hot. The pool looks very inviting! 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 25, 2011 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • Thanks Ted – I imagine with a fur coat on it is definitely too hot!

      Comment by Karma — July 25, 2011 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  7. So hot here too! Evenings have been our time outside. Or early early mornings. I love your hummingbird shot!

    Comment by plainmama — July 25, 2011 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

    • Thankfully the heat has broken here; it is overcast with showers today and a high around 80. It is okay for a break. I hope we get back to sunny days for August.
      Thank you.

      Comment by Karma — July 25, 2011 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  8. What a lovely set of photos. Event the girls doing handstands is nicely composed with their legs leaning in.

    The silhouette of the humming bird is rare. Does s/he do that often? I have never seen them at rest.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 25, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Scott.
      Yes, the hummingbird (he, I believe due to his bright red throat) sits there for a few minutes at a time most evenings. I go outside to sit on my deck after dinner and I often see him there after he has made a quick stop at my feeder or flowers. I took another picture of it sitting there and posted it in this post.

      Comment by Karma — July 25, 2011 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  9. I remember walking on our hands in the lake as a kid. Now I think the water would just get up my nose! Lovely summer shots…

    Comment by Dawn — July 26, 2011 @ 7:20 am | Reply

  10. What a wonderful photo-journal of what looked like a PERFECT summer day. Me-thinks you’ll be visiting this post often when we are (once again) in the dead of winter!

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 26, 2011 @ 11:29 am | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy. But please banish those thoughts of winter! Summer is going by too quickly; I can barely believe this weekend is the last weekend of July already!

      Comment by Karma — July 28, 2011 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  11. A wonderful summer evening! I ♥ summer!

    Comment by Rebecca — July 27, 2011 @ 7:55 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky… I ❤ it too!

      Comment by Karma — July 28, 2011 @ 8:39 am | Reply

      • Hey why did your heart come out as a heart and mine still looks like symbols?

        Comment by Karma — July 28, 2011 @ 8:39 am

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