Summer tree.
Summer tree.

I make pictures in the weirdest places.

I took this one in the parking lot of a strip mall where I gone to run a couple of errands. At this point, I should say that I really don’t see myself as a nature photographer. I just sort of make it up as I go along.

Anyway.

We had one of our usual summer hour-long torrential downpours and I guessed, correctly, that everything would be washed and even the air would sparkle without its usual summer heaviness.

It did.

So I took some pictures. This one was almost an afterthought. I photographed what I thought that I wanted to, and it wasn’t really working. I was standing pretty much under this tree and looked up. I thought, “what the heck” and pressed the button a few times. This picture surprised me. I jumped off the screen while I was reviewing the images.

Of course there is the weather. Severe summer heat. Everywhere. Not just in New Orleans. Apparently, the country is in some kind of dome. A heat dome. Like the thunder dome, only worse. Or like Stephen King’s story called, “The Dome.” A dome even occurred in the Simpsons. None of them were good things. And, to make things worse, corn crops are sweating adding to the humidity in the Midwest. I didn’t even know that was a thing.

Apparently, the worst is yet to come. According to NOAA, which is the national weather service that meteorologists use and the guys whose weather brief prior to Hurricane Katrina said something like, “There is a powerful Category 5 hurricane coming which will result in death, disaster and severe suffering,” the entire country with the exception of a strip of land in Washington State stay will stay hot. Luckily, they also said that it will cool down soon. In October.

October? Soon? Huh?

I say November. Around Election Day in The United States. That’s when the political hot wind will finally stop blowing. For a while.

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