22 Aug 11. While talking to a couple of friends today I heard comments about how sunny and hot our weather has been for the past couple of days - YEAH!!!!! Finally something akin to summer has arrived; how long it will stay I have no idea, but for the past couple of weeks I've had the feeling that we were already entering into the fall season, so a wee bit of summer is appreciated. Nonetheless, the comments about the warm weather made me think back to some of the earlier "summer" rains and the accumulation of water drops on some of the local flora. So I thought a selection from some of those shots might be appropriate for this brief spell of summer weather and this one is of what I think is a variety of dandelion, since I believe I saw yellow headed stalks a few days earlier, but I wouldn't go to the bank on it. Whatever it is, it did a very nice job of collecting the rain drops. Fortunately, I was able to sit on the deck and shoot from a relatively dry location as the rain poured down all around the house. ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 5.6.