July 23, 2010


Cooling off

As I wandered about the city on a humid summer day, I could feel the heat rising from the pavement. Most of the people I walked past seemed to be moving in slow motion, everyone sweating and cursing the heat. On the corner, an enterprising teenager with a cooler was selling bottles of cold water.

Then I came across a water fountain that was filled with children. They were running into the water, splashing through puddles, screaming at each other, ducking under the streams of water, and squealing with excitement as the cold water hit their faces. It's amazing how a little cold water can raise the energy level. I couldn’t resist standing in the spray to cool off myself, hoping some of that high energy would hit me.



heidi said...

They look like their having a blast!

Amber said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Looks like a great way to beat the heat!

julieunplugged said...

This reminds me of Chicago's Millennium Park. So much fun!

julieunplugged said...

Ha ha. If I just read further down, I will see that you are in fact in that Big Midwestern City itself! ;-) Didn't you love when the faces would spit water!?

jo(e) said...

Julieunplugged: What's funny is that I was so busy looking at the kids that I didn't even notice the faces until someone pointed them out to me.

justin said...

I love your photos, Jo(e).

Over here in the U.K., you can't take photos like this in public places, for fear of being labelled a paedophile. Our over-protective / paranoid society.