Were it up to my daughters, the entire long holiday weekend would be spent alternating between screens and not moving at more than a crawl going from television screen to Kindle screen to laptop screen. Through this afternoon that plan was working very well for them, but was making me uncomfortable. All that lack of physical activity? I had to do something about that – and, really, who wears the pants in the family anyway?
Erm… let’s not really answer that.
This afternoon I pulled out my Parent card and told them they were coming with me to the local nature center for a nice walk. Now, this is not what the title of this post is alluding to, but this was the prelude to the colorful part of the afternoon and I want to get this out of the way.
Unbeknownst to me, the nature center had been overtaken by immense herds of mosquitoes who apparently hadn’t eaten in months. I expect mosquitoes there, but not to this extent. We doused ourselves in insect repellent as soon as we got out of the car, but that was too late. There was a bit of complaining, but we trudged onward anyway. After 20 minutes or so, I was convinced of the ineffectiveness of our bug spray or the veracity of the notion that the mosquitoes had evolved to a higher level of bug spray resistance. Whatever. At that point, it didn’t matter. I got a few pictures, but nothing that made communing with the super mosquitoes worthwhile.
Not far from Michigan State University, I thought we might do better at the Children’s Gardens on campus. I was right. It was a perfect evening to visit, with flowers blooming brightly everywhere and the day’s heat diminishing. The gardens are usually fabulous, but today they seemed awash in bright, fantastic colors that would bring a happy smile to the most glum of us. If you’re in the Lansing/East Lansing area, I strongly urge you to pay a visit. If you’re not, I strongly urge you to plan a trip and pay a visit – or stick around here and enjoy the photos below.
Thanks for coming by. I hope you’re having a… colorful July!