Ode to a Green Summer


We've been blessed with a cool summer this year. Rains have been frequent and hills that usually turn brown by the start of July are still gorgeous green as August approaches.

This is the first summer in a while where we've had a mellow wildfire year. We really needed this. Anytime someone complains that it's raining too much, I tell them I'll take the rain over smoky skies anytime.

I've been taking every opportunity to get outside in the fresh air, going for walks on my own whenever possible. This is my favourite form of self-care: exercise and the quiet of nature.

I thought I'd share a few pictures of my lovely green home.

lake view

I managed to get up to “the bench” this week, which is a lookout over our little lake community. I love this view.

green fields

And these trees? When the wind blows they sing the whisper songs of leaves.

So. Very. Peaceful.


This is the pond on my friend's ranch. It's so interesting to me to see how the land changes with more rain. Where a path usually is, there's now a marsh. Cattails have grown higher and thicker than I ever remember them growing before.

And those clouds? Love 'em. They keep the intense heat away.


One more selfie, because why not?


Nature amazes me. There is beauty to be found everywhere, if we only know how to look.

Thanks for reading. :)

Whatever happens, keep singing your song!
Peace. @katrina-ariel
Katrina Ariel

Author bio: Katrina Ariel is an old-soul rebel, musician, tree-hugging yogini, and mama bear to twins. Author of Yoga for Dragon Riders (non-fiction) and Wild Horse Heart (romance), she's another free-spirit swimming in the ocean of life. Check out her music here: https://choon.co/artists/katrina-ariel/
Dragon art commissioned from Liiga Smilshkalne.

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Comments 21

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing a bit of your peaceful green. 🌿💜

I’ve appreciated the same lack of smoky air — we had so many consecutive years of apocalyptic orange skies. This mild-mannered summer has been so very lovely. 🌱

27.07.2019 05:37

Thank you! Yes, it's been quite a few years of smoky skies. So nice to have a break and remember that summer doesn't have to mean raging wildfires.

29.07.2019 05:44

Beautiful. It really is a glorious area.

Most people don't look at a place as a piece of time... I mean they don't realize that the cat tails aren't normally that thick, or that the path used to cut right through the marsh.

I love the differences. People don't understand me when I say we had a 50 year winter. We can really only expect that much vegetation every 50 years or so. It's different.

Thanks for the great look at your place. I appreciate it.

27.07.2019 09:54

Such perspective. And you're right, it takes a bigger-picture view to see how things change over time. Thank you for the thoughtful comment. :)

29.07.2019 05:45
Beautiful nature, I like a lot :D.

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27.07.2019 10:50

That looks beautiful, enjoy.
You look cool with those sunglasses
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27.07.2019 19:34

Why thank you, my friend. :)

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27.07.2019 19:35

I love this so much 😊 and I use to say this to... There is lots of beauty in nature if we just know how to look
I love the envirement where you live and the trees and lake is a place I understand you find peaceful 😍 such a blessing place!

Im glad you got some time to take beautiful walks and spend time in nature... Best healing and its all free 🤗
Thank you for sharing and my favorite picture is the first one.. YOU ❤️ made me smile.
Loveove you!

27.07.2019 20:55

Nature really is the best healer, it's true. And so much beauty if we look for it—like in friendships! :)

29.07.2019 05:50

Being outside is always so soul refreshing! The views of that lake are gorgeous. And you are right about the rain. I am so glad the summer skies haven’t been so filled with smoke like the past two summers.

Enjoy today!

27.07.2019 21:43

So glad! That fresh air is amazing. And I'm constantly amazed that I live where I do, the lake is so pretty. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

29.07.2019 05:49

Lucky you ,Princess ,to have such a beautiful Summer :) And love the view from "the bench"... really spectacular

27.07.2019 21:53

Isn't that an amazing view? I'm glad you like it. And thank you!

29.07.2019 05:48


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