High Summer

I consider this time - between mid-July and mid-August - to be High Summer in the Southeast Catskills. It usually is the hottest part of Summer, with the most natural activity as everything busily grows, then grows some more. This is not to be confused with Midsummer, which refers to the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (and usually considered the first day of summer). THE AIR IS ALIVE Yes, the very air around us is thick with summer life, heavy with humidity and rife with myriad insects - alive, indeed. Walking in this season can be like wading, only wading through air, not water (unless, of course, you realize that the reason the air is so thick is because of the humidity - the

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