Record heat. Political quagmires. Economic pressures. Then, to top it off, an earthquake and a hurricane. Still, it’s tough to condemn a season that affords the year’s best perks, served hot, with a generous dollop of sunshine to the end. Washington Post photographers explore the Washington, Virginia and Maryland area to find the last signs of summer.
Aug. 31, 2011 Briana Carper, 24, bottom right, participates in the final session of Lululemon Athletica’s Yoga in the Park at Dupont Circle. It was the final session in the series, which began in May and took place on Wednesday each week. Matt McClain/For The Washington Post Buy Photo