Backyard beetle pollinating pink flowers

Today has been warm and humid: suddenly, as if overnight, it feels like summer. After a friend and I worked up a generous sweat taking a brisk afternoon stroll down sometimes shady, sometimes sunny suburban trails, we stopped in town for iced beverages–a fruity herbal tea for me, and a decaf latte for her–and sat on a bench outside as afternoon thunderstorms rolled in, an overhead awning almost completely sheltering us from cool rain that felt welcome on hot skin.

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