About summer seasonal galleries: I was happy last year, 2012, (my first year to do a 'Summer' gallery) with how things turned out. So happy that I took so many pictures that I still have a back-log of photos from that summer to be processed. It was unusual in the severity of the heat and the drought, but it still produced an abundance of photo opportunities that were unique to the summer season.
I'm hoping that this year the weather will return to more normal patterns, if, in this era of climate change, the concept of normal even applies. Until the season ends, I'll sort the gallery in reverse order of update, which will roughly resemble reverse chronological order. This means the most recent updates appear first in the gallery, making them easier to find for my family and friends who visit the gallery multiple times. So far the weather has been cooler than normal (as of the date of creation of the gallery, June 9). This gallery isn't a complete collection of all my seasonal uploads. More can be found in my specialized galleries for gardens, wildflowers, and specific kinds of flowers, all of which are grouped in my 'Vegetation' sub-category under the 'Nature' category umbrella http://arctangent.smugmug.com/Nature/Vegetation)
As usual with my seasonal galleries, I'm attempting in my photography to capture sights that are characteristic of the season, and to chronicle the order in which things in the natural world progress. Non-seasonal photos which just happen to have been taken during this summer season will go to subject-related galleries. I hope you enjoy! I invite and encourage comments, either critiquing the photos or sharing your own experiences. I love hearing from people.