The Last of Them

Looking down into the flower.


And, the livin’ is easy. Around here, we’ve been livin’ easy for the last month. Memorial Day sort of marks the emotional start to summer. June 20th  marks the summer solstice. The longest day of the year. From there the days grow shorter. Of course, we don’t realize that until the days are short.

This purple flower marks the end of the local flowers. I can’t think of any around here that will have new blooms this late into the year. Everything is green. Even the green is starting to wear because summer came a little early this year. Even for us. In the swamp.

It also marks the formal start of my “ten great summer pictures.” Not that I feel like it. It is so hot outside. How hot is it? Dogs don’t want to go for walks after around 9am. In fact, last night when they usually go out for their final business, they all wanted to go for a long walk. At 11pm. I thought, why not? Nobody really had much exercise during the day.

It was great.

The first thing that I noticed was that everything was bright. There were shadows where there normally wouldn’t be. Huh? I looked up. Even though there wasn’t the usual pre-jabbering about super moons and all of that nonsense, I saw the biggest, fullest moon that I’ve seen in a long time. It was huge. It lighted everything.

Of course, I was unprepared. After all, I was just out walking and smart phones just won’t do it with moonlight. No worries. I’ll be better prepared tonight. The moon won’t be quite as full as it was last night. But, I’m willing to be that it will still be something to see.

If you take nothing else away from today’s post, if you live in my part of the world, go outside and look at the moon tonight. It’ll make you smile. I promise.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

2 thoughts on “The Last of Them

  1. Summer hasn’t yet hit here, Ray, and although I know I’ll find time later to complain about it, right now I am anticipatory. I enjoy the longer days and our evenings do cool off, as I’m sure you remember, and that’s a key time to be outdoors to walk and explore, and work in the garden. I hope the big beautiful full moon is visible tonight! I don’t have the technique for capturing good photos, although I’ve tried dozens of times. I will be eager to see if you do post one!

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    1. The dogs wanted to walk at night again. Everything is cooler for them. A couple of them are getting their summer haircuts tomorrow. That should help a lot. Spaniel coats are thick and heavy. They usually lose about a pound of hair when they are groomed for the summer.

      Shooting the moon isn’t all that easy. To really do it you need a tripod. You need a lens that will let you work at no less than 1/250th of a second because that stops the moon/earth rotation. Once you figure out that stuff then you really do need an earth bound frame of reference like a building or monument or something. I kind of chuckle when there is some kind of “supermoon” event and I see a bunch of moons. So? They could have been photographed anytime or place.


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