Summer is grand for walking the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth. Kids and adults alike seem to enjoy the leisurely pace they assume while looking at different plants, watching insects move about or gather nectar, and searching for Monarch caterpillars.
Memorial Day weekend families gathered and the kids took off running the circuits. Then, surprisingly, they returned and walked sedately. After, some commented on what they had seen and experienced. An emerging flower here. A bird song there.
In June, Michael from Minnesota contacted me about walking the labyrinth. On his way to the Amana Colonies for a motorcycle rally, he had decided to seek out something different. He commented that the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth caught his eye because it was created personally and he wanted to interact with people. So, we chatted about how and why we created the labyrinth, what he does in Minnesota, other opportunities to look for. A gentle time. Then, he walked and was on his way to the motorcycle event.
July 4th, just after our return from a long trip to the East and back, we had a “last minute invite” for Bagels, Beverages, and Blooms. A few friends stopped by. We solved the world’s issues. And, they walked the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth under a cooling breeze on a hot day, smelling the light fragrance of the multitude of milkweeds that have hosted the caterpillars.
The Monarchs are in between generations, I think. Some adults are flying around. The many caterpillars I found in mid-June I hope are in the chrysalis stage now. Other pollinators are flitting and crawling about.
The birds are feeding young. Some are fledging. Vultures, those denizens of the open skies are soaring. And, juicy clouds roll overhead.
It’s quite a summer.