At last! Woke up this morning to cool, dry air wafting in open windows instead of the suffocatingly steamy, already-sweltering sog we had suffered through for more than a week. That steamy sog kept me indoors next to the AC for much of last week, except for the day I ventured up to one of my favorite woodland ponds near Lake Desolation. At least when I'm paddling, I can throw water on my back to cool me off. And I planned to stay close to the deeply shaded, steep rocky banks of the north-facing shore.
Sigh! What a loss! As I scanned the shoreline all around the pond, these red-needled dead conifers attested that the gentians weren't the only plants affected by last year's flooding.
An abundant patch of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) near the canoe launch site attracted several species of butterflies, including this somewhat tattered Tiger Swallowtail.