I'm not the only one who responded in a positive way to these developments. As I walked and rode my bike around the neighborhood, I noticed a lot of things putting on a happy face.
Yes, the insects like the good weather too. This fancy lady (shown actual size) is an Asian Longhorned Beetle. They have made their way by ship to parts of the US around Chigago, New York, and New Jersey, where they do major damage to hardwood trees. Hopefully they can be controlled and restricted to the evironments where they belong.
We are blessed with lots of butterflies around here. I have trouble catching them with the camera as they are always on the move. Not the best shot I'll admit, but the best I could do at a distance. This is a monki-ageha butterfly (English name "Red Helen" - Helen happens to be my mom's name) which measures about 10 cm (4 inches) across.
A lot more plants and animals came out to enjoy the sun with me. Down at the lake, the rice fields are a lush green and the fish are jumping and birds circling overhead.
After such a long rainy season, I feel like singing that John Denver song - "sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy"...
Enjoy your summer. (And if you're "down under", enjoy your Winter.)