Today, Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor and pay tribute to those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. There are many ceremonies, laying of wreaths on graves, parades and speeches.
Memorial Day also is the unofficial start of summer. It's time for wearing white clothes, going to the beach, picnics and other enjoyable outdoor activities.
My day was spent -- as is my habit these days -- outside. Finishing up the planting, tidying up and watering, as rain is needed. It was a rather hot and humid day but in the late afternoon it cooled down and was a pleasure to be out of doors.
The most interesting sounds can be heard after dark during the summer. Crickets, frogs, cicadas and birds tune up and it's a wonderful sound to enjoy.
I thought you might enjoy hearing the symphony performed on my front lawn. With the last remnant of red in the western sky, I pointed my phone toward a small stream flush with frogs. With three kitty cats at my feet, this is what I heard.
(Turn your volume up)
I had wanted to get a short video of lightening bugs, or fireflies, but they did not cooperate tonight.
What is your favorite part of summer?