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There was a recent hot spell when the spring-like temperatures jumped into the hot and humid territory much earlier than usual. In the northeastern United States, we often have mixed feelings about this. Winters seem to drag on interminably, and when things begin to warm up in the spring, and the flowers bloom, it always feels like it goes by too quickly. We suddenly find ourselves in the hot, dry part of the year, but stop short of complaining given the memories of ice and snow that still linger in our minds. Up to today, temperatures have soared, grass has begun to crisp, and dry, scratchy pollen has hung in the air like dust clouds of a forgotten land. Until this morning, when the rain began to fall.

Footnotes: All images, Fujifilm X-Pro2 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R