July 12, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Midsummer: Mimosas in bloom!

In keeping with the recent theme of "Midsummer," I present some images of one of my favorite flowers: the Mimosa. They come into bloom toward the end of June, just when it gets really hot outside. Some people consider them unwanted "weed" trees, because they will grow almost anywhere in warm and humid regions, but I think their pink puffy flowers are uniquely beautiful. Because of the recent dry spell we had, the Mimosas were turning pale, but the nice, steady rain we had on Wednesday brought the color back. So, I took advantage of the situation with my camera when the sun came out late in the afternoon.

To see a closeup of the Mimosa flower, showing the glistening rain drops, roll your mouse over this image. Click on it to see the rest of the new Summer 2007 photo gallery.