While there were many ideas buzzing around my head, I decided to go with what I know most, and what I love. What better thing could I photograph for the “heat wave” theme than a place that is always best served hot? Nothing is better than the beach!
Everything about the beach comes alive in the summer. In being as much of a beach fanatic as I am, I’ve been there in every possible weather imaginable. Yes, I’ve seen snow on the beach — it’s pretty, but not the same as a hot day! In the summertime, people and families are buzzing around, the city is packed, the places are busy, it’s just swarming with excitement and happiness. Not to mention the more natural beauties you get to see. There are dolphins, fish, and even the occasional whale sighting if you’re lucky (and this year, a lot of shark sightings, yikes). The plants are lush, and the marshy lands surrounding the bay side are full and green. There are countless sea birds of all different types, and plenty of different little crab critters. It just makes me happy to be there, seeing the environment so full of life, and the happiness of the people who are there, including my family.
And it’s hot! Like, sand burning your feet, can’t sit in the sun long hot! My family consists of a bunch of sunbathers, with the exceptions of my dad, who will burn to an immediate crisp. While he’s busy avoiding the sun, we’re out there roasting in it, practically running to the water when we can no longer take the heat. We stay out at the beach all day, also, which is probably my favorite part. While the sun may be nearly intolerable during the day at times, once you get to the 5 o’clock hour it’s like a warm, snuggly hug from nature. I sound like a dork, I know, but if you ever catch me lounging on the beach at this time I’m definitely facing the sun, and probably have a smile on my face. Love it.
So with the summer winding down, I’ll take a few moments to reminisce of all the hot days before the snow rears its ugly head. Enjoy!