Flowers and Butterflies Near Charlottesville, Virginia

swallowtail butterfly and thistle

swallowtail butterfly and thistle

silver-spotted skipper on agastache

silver-spotted skipper on agastache

crape myrtle and oakleaf hydrangea

crape myrtle and oakleaf hydrangea

my porch

my porch

cabbage white on agastache

cabbage white on agastache

red-spotted purple with crape myrtle blossoms

red-spotted purple with crape myrtle blossoms

torenia

torenia

caterpillar on black and blue salvia with black-eyed Susan

caterpillar on black and blue salvia with black-eyed Susan

butterfly with black-eyed Susans and verbena bonariensis

butterfly with black-eyed Susans and verbena bonariensis

black-eyed Susans and spider web

black-eyed Susans and spider web

The crickets sang in the grasses. They sang the song of summer’s ending, a sad, monotonous song. “Summer is over and gone,” they sang. “Over and gone, over and gone. Summer is dying, dying.”

The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year — the days when summer is changing into fall the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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