With all the rain we have had lately, I haven't been paying much attention to the scenery - just keeping the umbrella in check takes more than enough concentration. And it is very difficult to take photos in the wet, damp drizzle and raindrops. But as the temperatures rise, we don't walk along the concrete jungle of the national mall; rather, we stay in the neighborhood under the shade as much as we can. Because of all the rain, the flowers and vegetables are looking lush and ripe in all directions. One of the more notable plants, bushes and trees are the myrtles that are coming out in full blossom. They usually come in pinks and purples and some whites and are a staple here in DC. They usually last for quite some time. We have two tiny trees in our patio garden, but we trim them down so low that they rarely even bloom! In the Midwest we had lovely and fragrant lilacs, and peonies, but no myrtles. So as we walked along the sidewalks this morning we came across more myrtles than you could imagine. Lucky for us the sun was not shining and there was a cool breeze all along the way - a rare thing in July. We ended up walking much more than usual too. Was it the scenery? It may have had something to do with it.