It seems summer is coming to an end here in Southwest Minnesota. Though the flowers are still beautiful, there is a definite hint of fall in the air. I can't say I'm sorry for it. Although I love summer, the approaching fall is my favorite time of year. I long for the crispness in the air, the scent of burning leaves, and the sight of the trees and soybean fields as they turn to autumn hues. The only thing I dislike about fall is that it does not last long enough. This picture of a butterfly on a hollyhock was taken at our home last week.