Friday, September 9, 2011

The Brenda Photo Contest: the Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Star Sirius Canis Major

"The Dog Constellation Canis Major is a Companion to Orion
The Dog Days of Summer have been around since ancient times. The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and other great civilizations have all observed the rising and setting of the Dog Star Sirius in its constellation Canis Major, and its brightness in the sky, to predict the weather and other events."
Okay so this is past mid-August (someone out there in the wider world declared that it ends mid-August).  It is hot here in Western Washington.  We've had ,what, maybe three weeks of warmth but the great mumble has begun...we miss the rain.  I can hardly believe my ears!  'Miss the rain?'...have you all lost your collective minds???  In just a few short weeks we will un-bury the fleece, dig out the Vitamin D, check the bulbs in the light boxes and begin the LONG DARK RAINY SEASON!  I say celebrate these warm days.  I admit it does not hold a candle (a winter word if ever there was one) to the intense heat breaking records almost every where else ~ but it feels hot here on Puget Sound!
Here is my nod to Canis Major and the Dog days!
The heat is as unkind to the weeds as it in to the lawns:


But there is still fun in the air!


Ah summer fairs:  hot, sticky, delicious and memorable.  I saw and listened to Gene Autry for the first time when I was a young girl at a fair and rodeo in Utah!  Here's a Youtube link for those of you who have no idea of whom I am write! :)
and finally.....

Food booths prepared for hot, hungry crowds!   
Kettle Corn please!

9 comments:

Donna said...

Love the shots! And I use to get up early Saturday mornings to watch the Gene Autry Show...Lolol...

hughugs

Donna said...

Summer fairs are a perfect example of the late, hot season! Yes, I remember Gene Audry. I think you and me are of the same vintage, LOL. Thank you for sharing some scenes in your neck of the woods!

Out on the prairie said...

Just ate some kettle corn last week passing a small fair. I get hungry when I hear those four letters-fair.I just showed a star chart to a kid and he was amazed how one looks at the skies methodically like that.

SUGAR MOON said...

I love Gene Autry especially his christmas songs. Enjoyed your post.

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

Love your pics! I can't believe I haven't been to a rodeo all year. All of our county fairs are in the fall...its just way too hot around here to celebrate in the summer.
I think the whole country is ready for this summer to bid farewell.

Jeanette said...

Great job! I think your previous post kind of captured that theme, too!

Jeanne said...

What a great idea with the constellations! My daughter and son in law were out there 4th of July weeks and came home sun-burned so I know you've had some unusual weather as well.

Brenda said...

Perfect Dog Daze entries!! Love em!

Donna said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
hughugs