It's high time for some simple colorful summer beauty, because who couldn't use a little of that these days?
These are all morning shots from last week -- on the street where we live here in Eugene.
"Just living is not enough .... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
A butterfly said that in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, but people on the street seem to think this playful otter needs a little flower too. It's probably not a great thing to pluck the blossoms from the street baskets, but this guy is so darn cute holding his flower of the day that I can't complain too much.
The following information from the Summer issue of Picture Your Parks, the catalog of events from the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division is good news (and hopefully justifies this not-so-well-cropped macro):
"As a natural replacement to pesticide use in the beautiful hanging baskets downtown, the City of Eugene has hired Ladybugs, Green Lacewings, and Praying Mantis to control aphids and spider mites. Over the course of the summer, nearly 1.5 million beneficial insects will help us manage harmful pests without hurting our critical bee population. Time and again, we are reminded that nature knows best!"
Linking this look at summer in downtown Eugene with the following sharing opportunities: Eileen's SATURDAY CRITTERS; Jesh's SEASONS; Maggie's (first) MOSAIC MONDAY; Gemma's MONDAY MACRO; Michelle's NATURE NOTES; and OUR WORLD ON TUESDAY (Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy, Gattina, and Arija).
Thank you to all of the hosts.