Summer is Here! {136/365}

Today marks the Summer Solstice and the official beginning of Summer.  Yay! While Spring is my favorite time of year, I still love Summer as, I'm sure, a lot of you do!   What makes me think of summer is warm light, flowers, and sun . . . . lotsa and lotsa sun.

I love this flower. . . um, what's the name of it?  I'm sure my horticulturally inclined friends out there will give me a shout out :)

Canon 24-70mm 2.8L - f2.8 @2000th 100iso; on-camera flash set a -3/4 under ambient to fill in shadows; sun provided warm backlighting; was going to crop as a vertical, but somehow I like the square crop better - the flanking flowers lent to a better frame of the main subject.