Lush July

Work Space © Catherine Rutgers 2015

On the 7th of July, I completed a beautiful day by sitting on the front steps to watch the fireflies flicker above our local stretch of the Flatbush Malls and the neighbors’ lawns across the way. The Malls, incidentally, are not shopping centers: they’re narrow parks set in the middle of the street that have survived since 1899. In front of our apartment building, the kids who love to play there have named it “Traffic Island.”

Yesterday morning, it was cloudy and promising rain, which prompted a photo session of the flourishing flora before they were potentially flattened in a torrent. Sixty-six snapshots later, I realized it wasn’t possible to truly capture the intensity of emotion seeing these colors and forms evokes in life. But a bit of the glory is reflected here, including a few of the many bumblebees that were everywhere working away.

In Your Corner © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Coneflower Flux © Catherine Rutgers 2015 The Milkweed Emerges at Right © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Splendid Bed © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Flowing Over © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Blushfire Blues © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Sunrise Echinacea © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Clarion Stance © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Day Lily Deluxe © Catherine Rutgers 2015 The Bee and the Balm © Catherine Rutgers 2015 It Took A Few Years But Here You Are © Catherine Rutgers 2015 A New Path Settles In © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Hidden Blue © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Grateful Scenario © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Catherine Rutgers © 2015

P.S. Here are links to two of my very favorite blogs, revealing the lushness of nature found in every season – “Leaf and Twig” by Catherine Arcolio aka seedbud,
“Green Lizard’s Blog” – for delightful photos of the English countryside and fascinating tales of “grow your own, make your own, save your own, do your own” in The Netherlands, respectively. Enjoy!

About CatRutgers4Art

Original art by Catherine Rutgers, with musings on the media and the methods. Founded in 2010. “I believe in magic moments. Am not afraid to be sentimental, and adore a tweaked cliché. Two of my favorite pastimes are watching paint dry and observing green tendrils unfold.”
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6 Responses to Lush July

  1. tom burnett says:

    Nice One. Yeah Flowers! T

  2. Many thanks for the “like” Anne! Loved discovering your urban gardening posts at

    • aheffo says:

      Tks for the nice comment, I love the way your flowers flow together in the garden and what a nice selection too. Happy Gardening

      • You’re so welcome! The selection is a joint effort, and while I love to purchase plants from the local nursery, a good portion originated from gifts gathered by friends from gardens in far-flung places. The gardening exchange rocks!

  3. Hello, Orange Leisure! It’s great to see that you like the Lush July, and always a pleasure to know you’re still checking out CatRutgers4art. Cheers!

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