Orchard Beach in August

Some of the sights around Orchard Beach in August…

Orchard Beach is where my family has lived for over 60 years, along Mill Creek, on the Chesapeake Bay.

This August has been cooler then usual, especially the evenings getting into the 50s. The jungle is still green and lush, and cicadas are in full force.

The vegetable garden is producing a cornucopia of flavors, colors, shapes, and sizes – acorn squash; yellow, red, and purple tomatoes; asian melon; cantaloupe; green beans; purple and red scorpion hot peppers; habanero, ghost, and jalapeno hot peppers; green bell and banana peppers; butternut squash; spaghetti squash; and massive pumpkins.

August is for grilling whole rockfish, making jalapeno infused margaritas, steamed yellow squash and zuchinni, and fresh tomato and basil salad.

The crabs have started to make their way up the Chesapeake Bay, and into Mill Creek. You quietly tiptoe along the docks, peeking around the edge of the pilings looking for them just below the surface of the water, clinging to the piling chomping on the barnacles and algae.

Come take a walk with me…

wood pile

splitting wood for the wood stove – getting ready for the coolness of fall and the chill of winter

mimosa tree starting to close up and go to sleep for the night

mimosa tree starting to close up and go to sleep for the night

Mill Creek's resident white duck family

Mill Creek’s resident white duck family

calm Mill Creek on a still, muggy August evening

calm Mill Creek on a still, muggy August evening

an August day's harvest from the garden

an August day’s harvest from the garden

the summer is so humid and moist we get lichen logs

the summer is so humid and moist we get lovely lichen logs

crabs arrive to the pilings

crabs arrive to the pilings on Mill Creek

underwater cam view of crab

underwater cam view of crab

 

* Also see Orchard Beach in April, May, June, & July

** Be sure to see the out-takes of this collection, and more photos at EmaBee’s Art Facebook page, here.

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