It seems as though most of the flowers have withered
away in the heat. The only thing thriving
are the weeds, which have deeper root systems than
any "normal" plant; they are the only vegetation
that seems to have been growing tall and proud in the
heat that the Midwest has endured these past weeks.
Just to have a spot of color,
here is a shot from over a month ago,
when things came in colors other than
"parched" or "sere."