Cosmos against the sky_StaatsI’ve always enjoyed the lightness of cosmos.  Their delicateness is enhanced by the manner in which they sit atop their long stems.  They blow easily in the wind, yet remain upright.  Their colors are numerous, as these were, yet I chose to tone this photograph.  I wanted the delicacy and beauty of the cosmos to be the central idea of the image, not their color.

Late summer’s cosmos

Almost as if a switch had been thrown, our weather changed from excessive summer heat to below normal temperatures.  With lows in the 50’s at night and highs only in the 60’s and 70’s we had a real hint of the end of summer.  Life has sped up knowing that fall can’t be far away, and although we may have hot temperatures again during the daytime, the nights will cool off considerably as our hours of daylight shorten.  Knowing this made these beautiful pink cosmos seem even more special when I found them in a wonderful garden today.  Their lightness was a reminder of the carefree feeling of summer –  enjoy it now because it’s fleeting, soon to be followed by the deeper smells and rich colors of autumn.

White cosmos

The dance of the white cosmos 50841_StaatsEarlier this week I found myself at the Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  It was late in the day and the sun was getting lower in the sky.  These beautiful gardens are located right along the Mississippi River.  I’d been here earlier in the year when the tulips, daffodils, and iris were brilliantly proclaiming spring, but now it seems that the flowers are bravely holding on to our last bit of summer.  They bloom as if the days were still long and the nights were still warm.  They dance in the setting sun and promise that although fall is almost upon us, they will return with their lovely faces and welcome us to warm weather again next year.