This is the 77th post of Writer’s Quotes, the 23rd one this year. Thank you all for joining me in the fun.

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…”

—Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
My patio sign with all the summer colors on my patio this year -part of my tiny landscaping efforts
Puppy Girl enjoying her favorite spot in the sun. Do you like our new summer cushions?

Featured Bloggers for WQW #22: Father’s Day/Juneteenth

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IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

New this month: List your WQW blog post on InLinkz. Join our community to share and respond to quotes about the week’s topic. Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

For More Ideas about Summer Colors and Summer/Winter Solstice

Definition of Solstice

As you probably remember from grade school science class, “a solstice is the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun reaches its maximum or minimum declination, marked by the longest and shortest days (about June 21 and December 22). The solstice (combining the Latin words sol for “Sun” and sistere for “To Stand Still”) The summer solstice occurs when the Earth tilts toward the Sun at its maximum during its orbit.” Google searches

My Choice Quotes for Summer

Since I live in the Northern Hemisphere, we just reached the peak of daylight hours

“Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.”

—K.D. Lang

This year I wanted to have flowers blooming all over. I have about three right now. We added a hummingbird feeder yesterday, and today a million other birds are stopping by our waterfall. I can see them from my desk but I’m not quick enough to take their pictures. Moji, our cat, has been chirping at them all morning from inside the house.

“Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.”

—Nora Ephron

Boys having fun showing off in the summer sun. Vince was in heaven watching these cars zip down Hwy 89. I grabbed these shots from my side of the car. Good thing I had run the car through the carwash. The photos are fairly spot-free if a little blurry.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

—Charles Bowden

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

—John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

I looked at Geoff from Tangental’s garden and mine can’t even come close. So I shot macros of the few blossoms there are, then cropped them. LOL! We actually killed off many of my plants by overwatering.

Vince gets a little crazy with the hose. He’s used to California flowers planted in the ground dying for a drink. These poor guys are in pots and some of the pots were missing holes at the bottom. The good thing for our plants is that there is a screen around everything this year which keeps out the javelina and rabbits. They came by looking for treats, though!

“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.”

—Jack McBrayer

 “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

— Al Bernstein

The birdhouse came from At Home where I went crazy this summer curating a beautiful patio landscape. It’s been so fun adorning my patio with summer colors. I don’t want it to end! These last two sets of doors make a colorful exhibit for Sylvia’s (My Colorful Expressions) Lens Artist door challenge. I hope you enjoyed the colorful array of summer colors in these posts. There isn’t just one summer color!!!

Other Challenges Influencing WQW #23

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Ongoing on Always Write

  • June Story Chat Summary
  • On July 5th Story Chat is proud to announce a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog
  • PPAC #51 Fountains – (Photographing Public Art Challenge) Your choice of art – no theme!
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • June 29: Travel/Transportation: Boats or Ships/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY(Word of the Year) Review
    • July 6: Fitness Followup #2/ or favorite summer sports
    • July 13: Senses: Hearing
    • July 20: Animals: Pets or Not
    • July 27: Sun/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review

74 responses to “WQW #23: Summer Colors/Summer Solstice”

  1. KL Caley Avatar

    Brilliant post Marsha, loved all the colourful photos too. Sorry I’ve not joined in for a while, a relative is having serious health issues so I’ve not had much spare time. Hoping to join again soon. KL ❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the comment, KL. I’m so sorry about your relative. I have missed you. The business of taking care of physical life takes precidence, for sure. Have a wonderful week, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Monday Meme the Color of Summer – Wide Eyed Wonderings Avatar

    […] up today to WQW #23 Summer Colors, Summer Solstice, to me nothing says “Summer” quite as loudly as the delicate blue/white of wave […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Let’s surf! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fun post, Sadje. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks Marsha

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks for playing. 🙂

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Of course, always a pleasure

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  3. Cell Pic Sunday: Martin Auto Museum #5 – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] WQW #23 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Summer Colors/Summer Solstice” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. […]

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  4. LianaB Avatar

    At last, I return to WQW with a winter spin on the Solstice. Here is my starry contribution.
    https://lightwritelife.wordpress.com/2022/06/26/wqw-23-winter-solstice-winter-stars/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love this, Liana.

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      1. LianaB Avatar

        Thank you Marsha

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You are welcome. 🙂

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  5. Coffee Share Curation of Combining Challenges – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] chose to separate two of the doors challenges – one from LAPC, which I did the other day because I’d already contributed to Dan’s for the week. Here […]

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  6. Summer colors – Keep it alive Avatar

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  7. […] I DO love this Wednesday challenge each week😎   Marsha always has beau coup offerings: colorful photos, great quotations, and more.  The theme this week is “Summer Colors/Summer Solstice”.  Here’s her link:  https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/06/22/wqw-23-summer-colors-summer-solstice/ […]

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  8. dgkaye Avatar

    I’m glad you are taking in that beautiful sunshine. The photos are glorious. ❤

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  9. PPAC #52: Jumbled Jars and Other Junk – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] WQW #23 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Summer Colors/Summer Solstice” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. […]

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  10. Tina Schell Avatar

    Wonderful ode to summer Marsha! Loved all of your colors this week, and special thanks for the doors inclusion 😊. I’ll be watching for a hummingbird image!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We almost got one yesterday. Vince got a video. 🙂

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      1. Tina Schell Avatar

        Patience and perseverance!

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  11. Saima.SK Avatar

    Interesting post and lovely colourful photos 👍🙂💕

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks!

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  12. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

    Love the summer colors on your patio and in the garden, Marsha. And beautiful summer quotes. We’re behind the rest of the northern hemisphere in greeting summer, but it’s trying! I can’t wait until my flowers start showing up. Have a wonderful summer. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You, too, D. 🌸🌸🌸

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  13. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love your post and pictures Marsha!! 💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy!

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  14. restlessjo Avatar

    Love your crazy frogs, Marsha! Keeping plants happy is a tricky business when you change climates.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Ours are a sad mess. But I still love them.

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  15. Staarlz Avatar
    Staarlz

    PS: would it be alright to use your photo of “Hello Summer”–if it works for my post? I would of course credit you properly 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Sure, I’m honored. 🙂

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      1. Staarlz Avatar
        Staarlz

        Thank you, my dear 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You are welcome

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          1. Staarlz Avatar
            Staarlz

            😊

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  16. Prior... Avatar

    These posts can be quite long (and I can’t believe I said that because I always hated when readers would say that to me with my long posts – ) but I expect your sections and flow and enjoy it completely when I get to read a Marsha post and take my time!
    A bit long (compared to photo bloggers especially – ha) but never loquacious and with your good flow
    Okay – enough if that!

    The Steinbeck quote was good and reminded me of when i could not get into that travels with Charlie book – blah!

    the new cushions are wonderful
    Also had to smile about the overwatering and lessons we learn for a new area
    And shouldn’t all garden pits automatically come with the holes –
    🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yvette, we both like words, don’t we? Thanks for the kind words. Otherwise, why read Bleak House! WQW is more than a photo challenge. It is also a writing challenge and started as that more than a photo challenge. I lean more towards photography than writing, but it is open to those who prefer writing. We finished outfitting the three chairs today, so my patio looks well dressed! 🙂 Have a great Thursday. 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Oh I knew WQW was a writing challenge – and sorry if I made it sound like I didn’t know that –
        And there are so many options for writers with that and even the word write is in the title of the challenge!

        What I meant about photography bloggers is that some of the ones I follow were the ones that sometimes told me I had “long” posts (and many post a photo a day) – but then I also noticed that in my WP feed – for a little while – I had so many photo posts – they were quick to skip – and so when I came across a writing post it would feel long compared to those shorter posts (hope that made sense).

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Definitely. Terri writes a long photo blog, and I love every word. It’s like reading a letter from a friend. (Of course, she is a friend.) I love the short winded photo blogs, too, but the connection with a host is sometimes more when words are involved. It just depends, I guess on the connections we make.

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            Well I agree the connection happens more when some info is shared –
            And some photo only bloggers wait for readers to ask questions –
            But that leaves a lot to chance and leaves much interest out –
            Oh and I like Terri’s Sunday stills post

            You two have a similar style

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That’s true some bloggers do wait. I would guess that most bloggers would respond, “Gorgeous picture,” and not ask any questions.

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          3. Prior... Avatar

            So many factors and variables, eh?
            And hope you have a great rest of your day ☀️☀️☀️

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks. Going to a concert tonight.

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  17. Kirstin Avatar

    I love the quote about the thought of summer being what gets one through the winter. These were all great. I loved the photos you chose to go with them.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, so much, Kirstin. It’s like having a photo diary.

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  18. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com Avatar

    Beautiful cushions. In the market for some new ones for a beat-up wicker patio set we have on the balcony. I love paisley and I like the combination of warm and cool colors in these.

    I read Miss Froggie but thought Miss Piggy. Had to go back up to see which was correct. She is a cutie. Love that she is reading. I have an elf reading a book that was my grandmother’s in my garden.

    Great K.D. Lang quote/lyric. I think we all look a little healthier when we are sun-kissed.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I agree that a little color looks good on us. My skin is quite pale, but years of getting a little sun has coupled with the AZ dryness to make some great wrinkles. 🙂

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  19. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I love your new patio cushions. Paisleys are my favourites.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Carol. We just got back from At Home where we got the bench cushions. We finished the patio off with the three wicker chair cushions. It looks beautiful. Thanks for the thumbs up. How’s my baby? BTW

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        He’s as gorgeous as ever. Just learned how to make his bike work. I’ll send you a video.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          No way! He’s growing up way too fast! Give him a big hug for me. 🙂

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  20. bushboy Avatar

    Love the quotes that fit so well with the photos. Enjoyed a slice of your life. I love the car quote and the cars Marsha 🙂 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I always know how to get a smile from you BB. Same with Vince. We all love a beautiful car. 🙂

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  21. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Summer is in full swing if your post is any indication. All your photos and quotes are perfect, Marsha! I can’t wait to see your patio colors in person, it looks so fresh and inviting 😍 I’m not a fan of heat especially now that we are in the trailer in 90+ heat here at the delta. No electric to even run a fan. No wonder no one is here, just empty RVs. We drove Tuesday from Bend Oregon at 37F to the delta at 107F. Now I remember why we love Spokane. I posted on Facebook our summer colors so far: blue, brown, green and white.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s 86 here today, but the clouds temper the heat. I think it is glorious. I hope it will be lovely still when you get here. It will be nice in SD.

      I think it is so interesting that you added brown to your summer colors. Everything in our part of CA is brown, as it is here, but I see it as a neutral background and the colors of our flowers as the main colors of summer. But you are right, in the west, brown is the new green. 🙂

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Brown is the new green, lol, especially in California now. We got a bunch of clouds that rolled over the Sierras from the east today that indeed cooled the air down, for now. We’ll chat this week!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sounds good. Have a wonderful time! 🙂

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  22. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Enjoyed the post, Marsha, but as I oddly enough just commented on another post, quotes exalting summer, the joys of being outside, etc, do NOT live in our part of Arizona. 🙂 Here we look forward to winter and the only things that can be killed by overwatering are cacti. The concert looks and sounds like fun. We have hummingbirds looking for nectar in our backyard and when I’m in Wyoming, I’ve had hummingbirds buzz me when I’m wearing a red(dish) shirt or sitting near our red cooler. Happy Wednesday.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We had that same kind of summers in Central California. It is different here, for sure, but only by 20 degrees or so. We had a few dribbles of rain today and that does cool it down – not temperature-wise, but in the intensity of the sun. I’m looking forward to your visit here and Terri’s and my visit to the valley on July 7th. Happy Wednesday to you too, Janet. 🙂

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  23. Staarlz Avatar
    Staarlz

    Hi Marsha, your quotes are better than ever today! And the photos, oh my–I do love paisley, so the cushions are wonderfully colorful, and the cottage is Way Cute! Thanks for including me in your wrap-up–it’s a busy writing day today, but I’ll get to work on Summer Solstice quotes soon 😉 Have a good one 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you for your kind words, Staarlz. I look forward to your post! 🙂

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      1. Staarlz Avatar
        Staarlz

        Thanks 🙂

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  24. Hammad Rais Avatar

    Today was the hottest day of the June here in month but just before the sunset, an unexpected shower washed away the sweat.
    Lovely captures for the solstice, Marsha 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love a little rain in the summer. We are looking forward to our monsoons. Last year we had a lot of them and it was good for our drought. I’m glad you had the cooling shower. Enjoy the rest of your summer, Hammad. 🙂

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  25. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Oh what a great topic. You have some great photos too! 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee – high praise and I’ll take it! I love the bright colors. 🙂

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  26. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are so welcome!

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        🙏🏼

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