Middle of summer and my mind can't help but to wander to palm trees. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and are often found in warm areas. I think there are a few planted around Seattle, though I'm not sure how they survive the winter here. If you look closely enough you can almost hear the waves crashing onto the beach, every so often hearing the wind as it plays in the palm fronds, catching the smell of salt in the air and feel the warmth of the southern California sun beaming down on you.
These fantastic palm trees were found in San Clemente, California. They are right on the main part of the beachfront, not too far away from the pier that juts out into the ocean.