Friday was the day the intense heat/humidity rolled in, and I'm grateful it tarried so long:
The warm, wet air made for a beautiful misty morning, but it was already up to 93 F/34 C before 11 am! So I'm grateful Friday is one of the days my uncle's gated community provides boat service to Cedar Island. Not only was there a refreshing sea-breeze out there, but it was significantly cooler. We did more shell collecting (with far more restraint lest our luggage weigh a ton! ;) and my other treat was getting some photos of bird species new to me. Friday was my first day getting to identify Little Terns, Marbled Godwits, and though I'd already seen the Black Skimmers on my first visit, this time I got some lovely photos of them actually skimming!
Very grateful for shower and air conditioning when we got back. Though most of the evening was spent at getting ready to leave Saturday morning, I did find another benefit from the sticky heat--the fireflies were out in droves. Just sat in the back porch and enjoyed them for a time--for who knows when I'll see them again. And the deer were out in force as well, another treat!
Actually, I got lucky and missed a string of 90 F/32 C days in Minnesota (a bit unusual as it's still June). Blessed to have a couple cooler days (@ 25 C) before it warms up again, while my poor mom flew back home to 105 F/40 C, and a forecasted high for today of 107 F/42 C! =P
Minnesota is on the cold side for fireflies, but I'd observed in my younger years how they like the warmer nights--and if it's more humid, it stays warm longer.