It's actually cooler than it was. But going from highs in the 100s F to highs in the 90s F, along with continuing humidity, doesn't help me much.
Ordinarily my hydrangea blooms don't turn brown until winter but this year the heat burned most of the blooms. Below is one little blossom that retains its color. You can also see it at the bottom of the shot above.
My pecan tree is loaded with pecans.
I wonder how many I'll get and how many the squirrels will get.
Most of the echinaceas (coneflowers) have gone to seed but a few blooms are adding color to my yard.
In spite of the heat, my perennial grasses are doing well because there has been so much rain.
A bee is burrowing deep into the rose of sharon (hibiscus) bloom.
My crepe myrtle tree is reaching full bloom.
I've let so many volunteer trees grow in my back yard that they partially block the crepe myrtle but the blossoms peek through.
I could heard dozens of birds in the crepe myrtle so I shot blindly towards where I heard them. If you look closely in the shot below you should be able to spot part of several birds although they are partially hidden.
Next is a female cardinal that still has a touch of the darker color on its beak so you can tell it's one of this year's birds, nearly grown.
Next is an adult female cardinal enjoying a bath.
The American Robin below is fluffed out after a bath.
The next shot shows an American Robin on my deck swing.
They are light enough that the swing doesn't move much when they land.
The next female cardinal has shaken some water off but is still pretty wet.
The male rufous-sided towhee has taken a bath.
Wait a minute, he went back in for a longer bath.
The catbird looks thoroughly drenched.
Another catbird is debating a bath.
Another male rufous-sided towhee beats him to that bath.
By the time the catbird makes it into the bath most of the water is gone.
Next is another female cardinal whose beak hasn't quite changed to the adult color.
In contrast the female cardinal below has the adult beak color.