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  • Jennifer Dowd

Escaping the Heat: A Photographic Journey on a Hot Summer Night - July 7, 2024


As the summer heat turned my apartment into an oven, I found myself yearning for an escape. The air conditioning was no match for the sweltering temperatures, so I grabbed my camera and ventured out into the summer evening, seeking refuge in the cool embrace of nature.


My first stop was a nearby shady garden, a hidden gem that offered a welcome respite from the oppressive heat. The temperature dropped noticeably as I wandered through the lush greenery, and the cool breeze was a soothing balm for my sun-weary skin. The garden, bathed in the soft glow of twilight, felt almost magical. I lost myself in the delicate beauty of the flowers, their petals glistening with evening dew. The light was perfect, casting a dreamy aura over the scene, and I eagerly snapped away, capturing the essence of this serene haven.



With my memory card filling up with floral wonders, I decided to extend my journey with a drive to the seaside. Along the way, I spotted wildlife in the form of a deer munching on vegetation. As I cruised along the coastal road, the cool sea breeze flowed through the car's open windows, carrying the scent of salt and freedom.


Not long after, I spotted an otter playing in the cool water. I immediately pulled over and did my best to capture the otter with my macro lens. This is every photographer's dilemma—when out, do you bring all your lenses in the hopes of catching something amazing or risk missing the opportunity? Luckily, I had my macro lens, so at least I got a glimpse of it, even if I didn’t have the perfect lens for the situation. The sight of these animals in their natural habitat was a poignant reminder of the simple joys that nature offers.

Returning home, I felt a renewed sense of peace and fulfillment. The photos I took that evening were more than just images; they were memories of a night spent embracing the beauty of the world around me. Photography has not only helped me escape the heat but had also provided a window into the serene and magical moments that can be found when we step outside and explore.

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Ara Parisien
Ara Parisien
Jul 08
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Absolutely stunning photos!

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