Bring on the Sun­shine!

Our read­ers sa­vor ev­ery sum­mer mo­ment, from bik­ing and fish­ing to hay­ing.

Country - - FEATURES - MELISSA HALL King­man, Ari­zona KATHER­INE PLESSNER Verona, North Dakota

Our read­ers sa­vor ev­ery last mo­ment of sum­mer in this in­spir­ing and fun photo col­lec­tion.

1. PRETTY IN PINK

I mar­veled at this stun­ning sky on my nightly walk. The mo­ment was so beau­ti­ful, it al­most brought tears to my eyes.

2. FLOAT­ING RAIN­BOW

At Me­dora’s an­nual hot air bal­loon fes­ti­val, windy con­di­tions kept the bal­loon­ists close to the ground. As I left, I stopped for a minute at the town over­look and looked down on this col­or­ful sight.

3. ADORABLE PICKERS

We al­ways go to my grand­par­ents’ cen­tury farm to help pick ap­ples. My 3-month-old son, Jeb, and his puppy, River, were happy to join in the fam­ily tra­di­tion.

4. NAP SNAP

The 4-H kids do such an amaz­ing job with their an­i­mals dur­ing fair time. I spot­ted this young fel­low tak­ing a well-de­served snooze.

1. FIELDS OF GOLD

Grandpa El­wood Hoff­man is bal­ing oat straw on the fam­ily farm he started 50 years ago. I plan to keep it go­ing for the next 50!

2. BE­NEATH MY WINGS

My fa­ther planted a sun­flower field, and th­ese bright blooms at­tracted a bevy of but­ter­flies, like this stun­ning one, and bees.

3. TREA­SURE EV­ERY MO­MENT

On an evening bike ride, my daugh­ter Ea and I stopped to rest and sa­vor the last few min­utes of the day. There’s such joy in the sim­ple things, like tak­ing time to lis­ten to the sun­set.

4. BOUN­TI­FUL HAR­VEST

Af­ter Dad and I har­vested pears on our fam­ily farm, my mom got to work and canned bushels of them to last through the win­ter.

5. THE LURE OF THE RIVER

Af­ter a full day of fish­ing the Flat­head River along Glacier Na­tional Park, I ran out of steam but my dad was still go­ing strong!

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