Evening Light

“The evening light was like honey in the trees” ~ John Ashbery


My visit to the garden was late on Saturday. Instead of gardening, I joined the team running the dogs in late afternoon to give a couple of devoted volunteers a well-earned day off. By the time I made it to the garden, it was bathed in a golden wash and the shadows were long.


Monarchs danced, Dragonflies perched,


and bees were finishing their day collecting pollen from the Penstemon.


I see that Ina has been busy preparing to expand the Cottage Garden again,


and our new wall is complete; the surrounding beds waiting to be planted.


The plaque that now graces our Memorial Garden calls out our purpose and will be filled with names of sponsors whose contributions will support the dogs.


Speaking of dogs…Dee Dee, featured here last week doing her ballet has some new joyous photos to share. The going home kind. You can see them here. Happy life, Dee Dee girl!

“Now and then the light will fall on a particular point in time, illuminating it for a moment before the wind seals up the gap, and the world is in shadows again.” ~ Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists


Jody and I hung a new wind chime from the plum tree. It makes a deep and delightful sound as if it is calling the creatures to the garden as the day began to disappear.


“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

A beautiful August evening in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

21 thoughts on “Evening Light”

  1. What a beautiful, beautiful place. I hope to someday see it for myself. Just gorgeous. Can feel the tranquility just looking at the pictures. What a wonderful job you all do.

  2. Audrey, the garden looks extraordinary! How far it has come in just two seasons! Lush, beautiful, and alive with life. Kudos to you and Ina and all who help there. And Dee Dee in her ballet was a delight – a happy ending indeed.

    1. Amazing what a couple of seasons and a few broken backs can accomplish! 🙂 If it wasn’t enough reward in and of itself – the Dee Dee’s would make it even more worthwhile.

  3. Every year about this time, even though our high temperatures are still in the 90s, my human mommy starts saying that she sees fall shadows. Daddy thinks she’s crazy, but I must agree that the fall shadows have come to your lovely garden.

  4. Yeahhhh, Deedee, this girl will be sooo happy to have arrived home at last! Ogee, your photos are becoming more beautiful every time, thank you, always!

    1. Thanks Judy. Early AM and evening light are wonderful photographic aids! Dee Dee’s mom says she might come back for another four-legged brother or sister. Fingers crossed that one equals two!

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