Three For Thursday: Summer’s End

Although summer does not officially end until the third week in September, here on the sunny St. Lawrence Seaway we are already enjoying the early manifestations of the change of seasons.

The nights are a little bit cooler, the morning air is crisp and clean. The stifling heat of summer is gently dissipating to the south. I welcome the end of summer and find this a good time to enjoy peaceful evenings out on the deck overlooking the river.

When I was in the Navy, I moved from place to place so often I did not get to enjoy the nuances of the end of summer. Now that I am retired with an empty nest, I have the time to take in all of what Mother Nature has to offer, right here, from my perch on the St. Lawerence River.

1. Hummingbird Behavior

Basking in a pared-down peaceful lifestyle my husband and I have ample time to watch the quirky social interactions of our hummingbird community. These tiny birds provide lots of entertainment!

In the evenings we like to sit outside, sip some wine and watch the hummingbird wars. 🍷

It seems their young have fledged and they appear to be fighting over the food, rather aggressively, I might add.

They remind me of miniature harrier jets, hovering by the feeder, ready to attack. Hummingbirds are the only type of bird with the ability to fly backwards.

Fun fact: A flock of hummingbirds can be referred to as a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune.

As the days get cooler the territorial behavior becomes more pronounced. Hummingbirds need all the extra nutrition for their annual migration to the far south.

2. Astounding Sunsets

My husband and I have an amazing view of the sunset over the St. Lawrence River. This is a blessing we will never take for granted.

I can practically tell you the exact day of the year it is, just by looking at the sunset!

I know it is August 15, when the Sun is positioned in the exact center of the Maitland industrial complex, which is across the river from us.

The summer solstice is marked by the sun appearing just over the train depot, to right of Maitland.

Summer’s end is marked by the sunsets appearing to the left of the complex.

3. Young Skunks

If you are noticing little holes in your yard like we are, you probably have a skunk!

Skunks are mainly nocturnal, solitary animals. By the end of summer, young skunks have left their nests and are out foraging at night on their own.

Incidentally, we saw our first end of summer skunk just last night!

So there you have it – three fun aspects of the end of summer right here in my own backyard! Happy peaceful living to all!

I like watching the sunset, too!

Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)

Feel free to reblog anything I post. I welcome all comments and discussion.


    • Funny you should ask this. I think about this all the time. Circumstances have always been in the way of doing a full road trip, and Covid made it impossible. But here’s my suggestion: I would start with the thousand islands region on the New York side, visiting Clayton (boat museum), Alexandria Bay (Uncle Sam boat rides) and Ogdensburg (Frederick Remington Museum). Then head north, which is actually down river, to the Eisenhower Lock to see large cargo ships navigate the seaway up close. We have yet to get to Montreal, Quebec City and beyond to the Bay of St. Lawrence. But trust me, this is on my bucket list! Of course, this would all be completed during the summertime! Thank you for asking, and happy travels to you!

  1. Your pictures are awesome, I especially love the sunset. I live in the dessert so the change of seasons is not as noticeable, but, I am starting to see the change in the colors of the leaves, I love fall my favorite time of year. A navy career thanks for your service. Great post xo

    • Thank you Masha! 🇺🇸 We definitely get the four seasons here, and probably a little too much winter! But spring, summer and fall are perfect. I am a fall person, too! 🍁🍂🍁

  2. Once again great read and beautiful pictures! Thanks for always having a bright spot for enjoying what we have!

    • Thank you, Lou! I did not mention it, but for most of December, because of the tall evergreen trees to the south side of our home, we barely see the sun at all!

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