Kiss of the evening sun


I arrived late to the garden on Saturday – after lending a hand with the dogs’ last evening run. Peggy had been out earlier in the day. She is a weeder-extraordinaire and her work was evident everywhere.


She happened upon a Killdeer egg. These silly birds have a nasty habit of leaving their eggs in the walk-on bark. The mama bird seeks camouflage – without consideration for the fact that this is a walking path. Peggy surrounded it with rocks to alert all.


Evening is my favorite time in the garden. It is especially beautiful – and peaceful –


as the sun lowers on the horizon and casts cool shadows after a day of baking sun.


“The kiss of the sun for pardon,


The song of the birds for mirth,


One is nearer God’s heart in a garden


Than anywhere else on earth.” ~ Dorothy Frances Gurney

Eve got a last walk through the garden. Blind – or nearly blind – and clearly a recent mom – she had been found wandering on the road. I wonder if this sweet girl knows how fortunate she is to have arrived here.


By morning, Peggy’s noble effort had been undone by some predator.


Luckily Mama had moved another to a safer hiding spot.


Our work starts anew.

“If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we’d see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.” ~ Conor Oberst


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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.

11 thoughts on “Kiss of the evening sun”

    1. We have cut our water use in the garden by almost half. There have been a few casualties, but most of the plants are pretty drought-tolerant and we are fortunate to have a good amount of clay in the soil. Ask again in August! 😦
      Have a great day!

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