We've had a wet summer which has helped keep many flowers, plants and trees looking fresh even in the heat.
It hasn't even been as hot as most summers but the past few weeks have been so humid the heat index has been very high.
The photographs are a mix from July and the first week of August.
Hard to believe that summer is almost over.
Since summer isn't my favorite season I don't mind that at all.
My crepe myrtle trees always brighten up my yard in the summer.
I like all seasons as long as they don't last too long and to that extent summer has been better this year.
It took much longer to get hot so we really had an extended spring which I loved.
I like change so I'd have trouble living somewhere that didn't have 4 distinct seasons.
I've gotten more bird shots on weekends and after work because they've needed the water I supplied during the hot spell.
The juvenile cardinal above and below looks like it's losing it's baby feathers.
One more crepe myrtle shot below.
I always have a lot of catbirds.
American robins are another common bird at my baths.
I love those quilted skies.
A female cardinal gets her turn in the bath.
Last but not least is a mourning dove.