Unless you're in the southern hemisphere it's summer, and there's nothing quite like jumping into the water to make the August heat seem somehow worthwhile.
So this month's photo is a teaser, frozen a split-second before that refreshing plunge. Anticipation unfulfilled. It's that moment after you've gathered up the nerve and made the leap, when the adrenaline pumps, your mind races and asks a million questions that it's too late to answer.... is the water cold? will this hurt? what will become of little Shamu? (Don't worry, he survived.)
I love this picture for the precise instant in time it captures - I mean, look at their faces! But in a similar way to how the panoramic format exposes a wider view, the picture portrays a wider window of time than just that moment. It's two weeks in the south of France celebrating love with a bunch of friends both old and new on our own private estate. I love this picture for those people and for that experience.
It's an exhilarating reminder of how bright, colorful, gleeful and rapturous life can be....and should be. So don't be timid; don't be complacent. Jump right in!
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