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The Essence of Summer - La Esencia del Verano

Seeing bright cheery Sunflowers abuzz with bees, smiling at all who pass by
Viendo Girasoles sonrientes, con abejas buscando su almuerzo



Picking Raspberries and other Yummies right from the bush, and eating until you can't fit even one more...
Aggarando moras y otras delicias directo de la planta, hasta que ya no puedes mas...




Following Mama Goose and the little gosling, and watching him grow...

Seguiendo a los gansos con sus pequenos y viendo les crecer.




Finding a quiet moment to rest, under the shade of a great big tree
Encontrando un momento tranquilo, para descansar, en la sombra de un arbol enorme.




Watching the moonrise over the beach
Viendo la subida de la luna sobre la playa

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