September slips in with a summer stance but midway starts to offer a slight change in the temperature. This is when I tend to indulge in the last hurrahs of summer: those anticipated wanderings of the clouds, the slight breezes at the shore, and the whispers in the wind that echo goodby. With each signal, there is an indication that summer is ready for its own vacation.
At this time, I gather my digital tools to create one last picture of the never to be forgotten summer of 2020. If you click here, you can take a gallery walk through the introduction to Embraceable Summer Gallery and read Laura Purdie Salas' Pandemic Summer. Then, travel backwards in time to Embraceable Summer Gallery 2019 where you can take two more gallery walks into a summer where there were no masks, rules, and social distancing. Click here and here.
There are many sanctuaries of silence along the different water bodies on Long Island that offer a respite from the hectic pace and energy of the summer season. This year there was a special need for September's quiet time to forget the incessant reminders of a deadly pandemic with its socially distancing, washing of hands, and wearing of masks. All across the globe, people sought the beauty of nature to wash away any pain, sorrow, or stress and put a smile on behind their masks. I am eager to share some favorite summer spots from across the globe. May this mini-gallery bring relaxation and soothe souls.