Having a few days of respite from work, I went through my files and came up with the following flowers, taken early May in Northern California, to help celebrate the Fourth of July. Having now acquired DxO Optics Pro version 11, I used it to process the images.
This week has so far been very rainy, inflicting a heavy burden on the daisies and causing their stems to break, sending most of the flowers to the ground. Other flowers survived intact and even seemed to thrive on the rain.
Finally a picture of a butterfly. It is the Cabbage Butterfly, a very common one and the first to appear each year.
Spring is winding down as flowers, reinvigorated by recent rain, strive to put on their best shows. I took the following photos over the past few days around our backyard. Please let me know in your comments which ones you would prefer.
In May of this year, we had 25 days without rain, a record for our area. There was talk about drought, water shortage and what not. Even the flower plants were not doing as well as in previous years, and peonies were late. Then yesterday the rain came, lots of it. During a brief lull, I ran out and took pictures of peonies and roses covered with rain drops.