With summer comes heat waves, and depending on your part of the world, it can be anything from gloriously mild to a humid nightmare. What better than a dip to cool off? This week’s Pics of the Day winners shared their best water images, some of which were tempting enough for this editor to pack.
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Main image by Aleksandr Matveev. See more works here.
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Nature has incredible detail and Kevin Povenz captures it beautifully. I’m always fascinated by how water can magnify the tiniest qualities of a plant with quiet beauty.
In the surf
What could be more refreshing than a crazy sprint to the sea on a hot summer day? Instagram user PDX Nonno makes the joy of these young people palpable and now I want to dive into it too.
Pink bloom after a morning shower
Jim Kerr documents silky jeweled rose petals in a morning rain. I can almost smell the sweet scent of the flowers scenting the cool, moist air.
A heron trying to catch a fish
David Terao’s photo made me laugh because this heron is doing (almost) exactly what I want to do in the Southern summer heat: dipping my head in a pool. And the jet of water, frozen in a split second, only adds to the frenzy and excitement.
Small boat on the river
Water can be many things: stormy, an oasis, an ornament. But here Chinmoy Biswas shows his tranquility as a person fishes on a quiet river in West Bengal, India.
Mike Bodnar’s photo of McKay Falls in New Zealand reminded me of all the times (read: very few) I’ve hiked and been rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. Bodnar shot it on slide film with an Olympus OM10. This is a bonus point for me.