찌는 듯한 날씨에 시끄럽게 들려오는 매미 소리에 오수를 깬다. 시원한 바다 바람과 얼음 같이 차디 찬 계곡 물이 그리운 계절이 되었다. 상록의 숲에서 야영을 하며 아이들과 함께 캠프 화이어를 하고 한 여름 밤을 즐겁게 보내던 시절이 저 만치에 있다. 흘러간 지난 날을 상기하며 보내는 나이가 되었나? 하고 자문도 해본다. 바캉스 시즌이 왔다. 여름을 어떻게 보낼까? 하고 계획도 짜고 무더위를 식히는 묘안이 필요한 요즈음이다. 시원한 광경과 더위를 이겨 나는 사람을 보면서 무작정 떠나고 싶다.
A couple rest under umbrellas on the beach in Whitstable, England.
A girl rides the Looff Carousel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif. The carousel made its debut in August 1911, built by Charles I.D. Looff, a master woodcarver from Denmark. Looff had already made his name with his first complete carousel placed at Coney Island in New York.
A girl cools off in the Unisphere fountain at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as a rainbow streaks across the water in the Queens borough of New York City.
A boy swims at the river mouth between the river Drim and Ohrid lake in Struga, Macedonia.
Riders on the Hi-Miler get their thrills at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif..
Robbie Russell, of Portland, Ore., looks up at Oneonta Falls near Corbett, Ore.
soaking in the cooling water of the Saco River in Limington, Maine, on Friday, July 22.
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Bikers cool off at the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America rally in Bloomsburg, Pa., on July 22.
Kynnlee League, 2, has fun with her boer goat, Gabe, before competition during the Open Goat Show at the Lincoln County Fair, near Stanford, Ky
A crowd disperses some energy batting beach balls before the Dave Matthews Band show at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J.
Susan Fernandez, of Lawrence, Mass., enjoys the spray of a hydrant opened by the city's public works on July 22.
Children at a summer camp in Andover, Mass. throw snowballs and play on a pile of ice shavings delivered from an area hockey rink.
A family paddles on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park on the first day of summer when the San Francisco Bay Area experienced its first heat wave of the season with temperatures in the 70's at the coast and up to 100 degrees in inland areas.
Six-year-old Hector Moreno plays in the downtown Nampa fountain in Nampa, Idaho, when temperatures were in the low 90s.
A couple smooch during the Independence Day fireworks display in Independence, Iowa.
Madison Cook, 11, top, and her brother Bryce Cook, 13, await customers for their coffee and assorted fruit-flavored drinks in Spokane, Wash. "We're just hanging out trying to make some money to buy arts and crafts supplies and laptops," Bryce said.
Children play with giant bubbles as the sun sets at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, Calif.
A girl jogs through a lavender field near the Crimean city of Bakhchisaray, Ukraine.
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Frank Santos of Cumberland, R.I., fishes with his daughter Mya and son Nolan at Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park, R.I.
Inner tubers are flipped around in a drop off as they float down the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, at the start of Memorial Day Weekend.
Sunbathers soak up rays at a swimming pool in the western German city of Moehnesee.
Brianna Simmons swings at the ball while Aryana Lent catches during a baseball practice game in Kingman, Ariz.
Vanity Mendez, 11, left, Isaiah Rivera, 6, center, and Jonathan Medina, 11, cool off at an open fire hydrant in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan on Thursday. A heatwave that has enveloped much of the central part of the country for the past couple of weeks is moving east and temperatures are expected to top the 100-degree mark.
William Dyer, Jr., of Gortham, Maine stays cool seated on his beach chair waist-deep in Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine, on Thursday.
Civil War reenactors sleep in the shade on a blistering hot day at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia on Thursday as they mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run, the first major battle of the Civil War.
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A couple enjoys the sun at Schlachtensee lake in Berlin.
Alivia Moore swings in 80-degree temperatures in Warren, Ohio.
An Afghan boy jumps into a public swimming pool in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A concessions worker sells snow cones on a hot day at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
Abby Dugauay, 3, of Flint, Mich., has fun while instructing her aunt, Ariana Davis, to cover her arms with sand at Bluebell Beach in Genesee Township, Mich.
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A woman walks along a wave break in the Baltic Sea at the seaside resort of Glowe on the Island of Ruegen, Germany.
A child plays under the spray of a fire hydrant in Manhattan amid soaring temperatures.
An Amish farmer plows his field behind six draft horses in New Wilmington, Pa.
Cobe Mahan, 10, of Costa Mesa, Calif., and his rescue dog Rozie, hang together on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Swimmers look on as one of the 250 bags of ice is dumped into the Franklin Memorial Swimming Pool in Franklin, Ind., on Thursday. Temperatures are expected to climb into the high 90s with heat index well over 100.
Jay Kennedy organizes fans donated by Comcast-Spectacor to be distributed to seniors at the Philadelphia Senior Center Thursday in Philadelphia.
Rick Vermeulen cools off with a drink from his water cooler, taking a break from the 95 degree heat on Thursday in Bay City, Mich. Vermeulen and his crew from ATT were working on building a new manhole on Midland Street.
DTE Energy employees unload bags of ice at the Gerry Kulick Community Center in Ferndale, Mich. on Thursday where a cooling center was set up for those affected by power outages.
Sophia Santos, 4, smiles after getting an ice cream cone at the Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco, Calif.
Jayson Hamler, 7, plays in some water outside a school on Wednesday in Milwaukee. Workers and residents in the city are contending with highest temperatures of the summer season as a prolonged stretch of hot, humid weather takes hold on the upper midwest region of the United States.
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Horses stand in front of electric fans in their stalls at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston.
A very hot and thirsty dog named Buck cools off drinking bottled water poured by his owner Sue Anderson of South Windsor, Conn., during a legion baseball game at the peak of the heat Wednesday afternoon, July 20. A lengthy, blistering heat wave is blanketing the eastern half of the United States.
Nine-year old Adrienne Curtis douses herself with buckets of cold water on Wednesday afternoon in Peoria, Ill.
Leena Allen cools off by standing in front of a misting fan during a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo on Wednesday in St. Louis. Much of the United States is trapped under a heat "dome" caused by a huge area of high pressure that's compressing hot, moist air beneath it, leading to miserable temperatures.
Bathers beat the midday heat at the Devil's Pool in Wissahickon Valley Park on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Isaiah Ray, 8, races down a Slip 'N Slide near his home in Winona, Minn.
Visitors take a dip in a public swim area at Berlin's Wannsee lake.
Christian Rhodes substitutes a water balloon for a baseball as he and his youth baseball team try to beat the heat during a practice at Brandenstein Park in Watertown, Wis.
John C. Anderson, of Silvis, Ill., takes a big drink of water next to a sculpture of the Blues Brothers after riding his bike from Silvis to downtown Rock Island, Ill. Tuesday. Anderson rode the approximately 10-miles to Rock Island to perform a couple of heat wave related songs for the downtown lunch-time crowd.
Luke McCrory, 5, from Coopersville, cools off in front of a giant fan at the Berlin Fair in Marne, Mich.
A man soaks his feet in a fountain while reading a magazine on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on a warm summer afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday.
Participants in Drums Across America, a competition featuring eight elite drum and bugle corps from around the country, take a water break Monday, July 18, near Wichita, Kan., during practice. Temperatures rose above 100 degrees across the state.
A sun worshipper floats down Sunset River at Knott's Soak City Water Park in Buena Park, Ca.
Malee, a three-month old Asian elephant, cools off with a spray of water in her wading pool at the Oklahoma City Zoo
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 22: Romona Johnson (L) plays in a fountain at the Inner Harbor with her children Japrea Parker, 12, (C) and Janae Parker, 9, (R) on July 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. A large heatwave has been crossing the United States and is causing extreme summer temperatures. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Angie Cole holds her daughter, Lauren, as they play in the water at Matthew C. Patterson Park in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
The sun sets beyond a Ferris wheel at a fair in the northern German city of Hanover.
The Cayman Islands very popular attractions, Stingray City and the nearby shallows known as the Sandbar, provide the only natural oportunity to swim with Atlantic Southern Stingrays.
Men row their Hawaiian outrigger canoe towards Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head in the background. Outrigger canoes are now used for recreation purposes and to ride the waves, but in times past they were the main means of transportation between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hanauma Bay is one of the finest stretches of beach in the world.
Surfer competes on Oahu's North Shore, one of the best places in Hawaii to ride the big waves.
An aerial view of La'aloa Beach Park or Magic Sands beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off the beach and temporarily moved out to sea.
The fish of the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve are famous for their friendly nature, and some of the subtropical species are found nowhere else in New Zealand. Spotted Black Groper, Mosaic Moray and Lord Howe Island Coralfish are a few of the local stars. Squadrons of stingrays can also be seen during the warmer months.
A couple paddles their kayaks while flanked by a dolphin in New Zealand's Milford Sound in the country's stunning fiordland.
The Finnish-built 225,282-ton ship owned by Royal Caribbean International is the world's largest cruise ship -- five times larger than the Titanic. It has a capacity of 5,400 passengers (double occupancy) and is set for its debut first official voyage in the Caribbean on December 1 5. The ship's maximum cruising speed is 22 knots.
Royal Caribbean sports staff member Colin Kerr tries out one of two surf simulators on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas.
A climber abseiling down Cape Town's most famous landmark, Table Mountain. The majestic mountain rises 3,563 feet above sea level at its highest point. Of the many ways to ascend the mountain, the best way is to take the cable car ride to the top.
Colorful beach huts line St. James Beach, South Africa.
African Jackass penguins waddle out to sea at Cape Peninsula. Named for their call, which resembles a donkey's bray, the penguins are found only off the coast of South Africa.