There was this massive raging thunderstorm that struck our area on June 20 complete with thunder and lightning and loud heavy pounding rain. That thunderstorm capped a day where the temperature rose to the low 90’s with very high humidity.

The following morning it was relatively cool until the afternoon when the high heat and high humidity came back with a vengeance. I quickly took a couple of nature photos outside then retreated to my air conditioned home. It was basically a laid back alternative to taking part in observing Father’s Day (especially since my own father had passed away in 2000).

Here’s a view of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, which looks pretty bucolic despite the very hot weather.


I also came across some mushrooms that suddenly sprung up among the grass. These mushrooms seemed to form a line formation all the way to the outer edges of the sidewalk.


These mushrooms were big and plump. I’m not surprised that they appeared given the recent weather where nearly every day there would be high heat and high humidity throughout the day that would lead to this violent thunderstorm by the evening. I took a couple closeup shots of one of the mushroom clusters to give you an idea as to how big they were in real life.