No, there's not a filter over the lens ... it clouded up from the humidity as soon as I walked outside. It's summer in Texas, my friends.
Even though I wiped the lens before taking the picture above, it still has something of the same misty quality.
An hour later, this was the view down the alley as a storm system from the Gulf approached. It looked much more threatening just moments before I took this picture ... the storm moved in quickly. By the time I'd stepped inside and hooked up the camera to upload the pictures, the rain had begun and the wind was howling around the corners of the house. I shut down the computer shortly thereafter and settled into my corner of the sofa to keep my anxious Annie company. She starts shaking at the first rumble of thunder. Although she's happier now that the storms have passed, she wasn't all that thrilled about having her picture taken.
No gardening for me today unless I pull a few of the countless weeds that have popped up since the rain stopped an hour ago. The Head Gardener can tell me all she wants that it doesn't happen that quickly ... I remain unconvinced!