Glowing white hollyhock_StaatsSummer seemed to come to an abrupt end this past week as our temperatures slid into the upper 30’s at night and the 50’s during the daytime.  Autumn will soon grace the Minnesota landscape with its oranges, reds, and golds.  I was in our backyard this morning as the sun made its way above the trees and backlit this lovely white hollyhock.  The greens and the whites reminded me of summer.  The long stems of the hollyhocks were blowing in the cool breeze, yet the colors had me focused on the warmth of the summer sun.  We may have some days of late summer left, but I know that all-too-soon we’ll be passing into autumn and winter, each with its own special colors and characteristics.

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