Well it's not been the greatest day or night, but the sun still rose, and after a sharp shower even came out for a good long burst in the afternoon. The horrific humidity has eased a little, and when I got home from work I was able to have a pleasant walk as the dark grey receded and a blue weather front swept over the town.
And then, just up the road, I spotted a big bush of flowering lavender. Assuming it would be alive with bees, I gave it a close inspection, but of buzzers there were none.
Instead there was this beautiful metallic, shiny beetle. I'm not sure what species it is, it may be a rosemary beetle, but is certainly very beautiful.