Photo Challenge: Summer

We’re having some seasonal themes over the next few weeks for the Lens Artists Photo Challenges. This week is summer.

So what photos express summer to me? Well, of course I could just say summer runs from June to August and pick out photos taken during those months. But I’m going to think about what says summer to me. Sights, sounds, smells, that just scream summer…

Obviously, being me, one of the first things that screams summer are damselflies and dragonflies. You do see some in the spring, but summer is the main season for them. When I visit Cors Caron on a hot summer’s day there are dragons and damsels everywhere.

Black Darter (male) at Cors Caron last July
Black Darter (female) at Cors Caron last July
Emerald Damselfly (male) at Cors Caron last July

What else says summer to me? The sound of grasshoppers chirping …

The smell of Buddleia blooms on the air, and the crowd of butterflies (and the occasional moth) visiting …

Painted Lady
Red Admiral
Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Another thing usually associated with summer is my daughter riding out in the fields for competitions and lessons, and giving me some heart-stopping moments!

We usually visit my sister in the summer and in recent years have gone to Compton Acres every time. I take loads of photos of all the flowers, but one thing you can guarantee from year to year is the waterlilies in the pond!


Looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with for this theme ๐Ÿ™‚

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


  1. Summery, Suzy! Love your choices, and that your daughter is a horse girl! Chirping grasshoppers and buddleia butterflies – so lovely. Great shots of the grasshoppers – they seldom let themselves be photographed. At least not by me…

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  2. Great summer series, Suzy! I love these dragonfly, grasshopper, and butterfly photos. Waterlilies are so lovely!
    Incredible captures of your daughter riding out in the fields. Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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