beatin’ the heat
This week at I ♥ Faces, it is a celebration of summer! Since I just posted these photos which say summer to me, I thought I’d join in the fun. Go check out the links for more stories and photos of summer.
To say it’s been HOT around here lately would be an understatement. I’ve felt like we have been back in Longview, TX. I mean…101? 103? 107? All in a row? Are you kidding me? It was 80 at midnight on Wednesday night! You know it’s bad when the predicted high is 92 and you think… “Oh good, it’s cooling off!” This year, we have a window AC unit in our bedroom, and we’ve had Ethan camping out on our bedroom floor this week so we can all get some sleep. But the rest of the day is pretty much lived in a house that just cannot cool off. At dinner time Thursday night, it was 91…inside. We couldn’t open the doors and windows yet because it was still 95 outside. We are not cut out for this! And neither is our house. Someday, we hope to have central AC. We put AC in our first house, and no matter what people say about the Pacific Northwest not needing AC, we ran that thing, at least a little bit, from April to October!
So, when a friend invited Ethan and me to go to the beach with her and her kids on Wednesday, we were all over that! Oh, how fun it was to watch the car thermometer go down, the further west we went. As we pulled into the parking lot at the beach, we were struck with an odd sight. It was completely foggy. We couldn’t see the ocean at all! But right behind us was clear blue skies. And right in front of us was a wall of white. But the temps…oh, they were perfect. Somewhere between 65-75 and no wind.
After grabbing some lunch, we hit the sand. After a while, we could start to make out the water…
From the water, looking east…you can see the blue skies. They just weren’t breaking through directly above us. No, this isn’t a sandstorm, it’s a fog storm!
I really enjoyed taking pictures in this stuff. It provided a kind of soft, dreamy, light effect that worked well for the photos, I thought. And it must have messed with my brain, because for some reason, sunscreen just didn’t seem as urgent when I couldn’t see the sun. But, I’ve lived in Oregon most of my life. I’ve been sunburned before in cloudy conditions. I should have known better. The stuff was sitting in the backpack right next to my beach chair, but did I use it? Nope. It was the fog, I tell ya. It infected my brain, which now resides in a sunburned cranium. I did spray some on Ethan…about an hour before we left! Thankfully, he didn’t get burned. And my face and arms aren’t all that bad now. But, wow, did I feel like an idiot when I looked at myself in the mirror that night.
But, these photos are making up for it. They make me oh so happy. Here are a few of my favorites from the day. In fact, these are some of my favorite images. Ever.