Dog Days

Published Aug 30, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 21 Contributors

    21 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
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    Learning how to swim, my son is blowing his bubbles and pearing at me from above!

    #summer #fun #bubbles #pool #swimming #dogday

    He dozes on a bunch of ropes
    Beside the rocking lobster boats
    He dreams as precious time elopes
    His fishing rod slides off and floats

    Blue crabs are fuming near the tides
    To shield away the burning heat
    Far up above a black hawk glides
    And stray dogs sniff for bits of meat

    The ocean sweats beneath the sun
    A summer fever grips the town
    The boat men just can't make their run
    He tries to sit but slouches down
       "Lazy Summer" by Henson S. King, Liberia

    The “dog days” is an expression that not everyone might know, but to which all can relate. It's the time of year when your world is at its hottest—when days are long, nights feel sultry and freedom fills the air. It's a time of firsts—when many of us learn to swim, ride a bike, pitch a tent or catch fireflies. Or be away from home.

    It's when you learn what you are made of. In many ways, the dog days are a time of growth.

    Right before sunset, the rain cleared up, a whisper of peach glow flickers at the horizon. All t...

    #happy #beach #chase #joy #energy #children #light #things #excited #wild #sunset #soft

    Diving from the pontoon, in the middle of the Lake. Surrounded by the Alps, a feeling of freedom ...

    #diving #summer #lake #water #sunset

    Children at play in the shallow river that passes through the Devil's Glen, Ireland.

    #childhood #35mm #summer #analogue #children #ireland #trees #girl #boy #film #forest #water #nature #river

    People jumping off a bridge into the water on a hot day.

    #beach #usa #massachusetts #hot #day #dog

    Havana, Cuba is extremely hot and humid in the summertime, and the best place to cool off is alon...

    #havanacuba #dogdays #malecon

    Summer in San Sebastian

    #sansebastian #spain #travel #wharf #water

    Best sleep on the beach is in the shade

    #beach #vacation

    I met these ladies soaking up the rays on my way to taking a dip into the water. This is Clew bay...

    Editor's Note

    There is an ease and straightforward simplicity to this photo that makes you instantly relax into... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    In our busy life, we would not have any chance or time to see this extraordinary magical scene in...

    #lifestyle #explore #adventure #dog_days #people #travel #girl #fog #taiwan #forest #nature

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    The intrepid hiker is dwarfed by the majesty of the forest. The light filtering through the mist ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    You know it's ridiculously hot in the Upper Rogue when the Cascades Frog seeks shelter under the ...

    #frog #animals #nature

    Mountain goat looking for cooler air and thinner coat.

    #evans #mountain #colorado #mount #goat

    The saturday market in Banderban draws multi ethnic multitudes down from the the surrounding vill...

    #sleep #stall #banderban #fruit #siesta

    I saw this girl who was sheltering from the heat and humidity at the Sepang race circuit in Malay...

    #chilling #shade #cool

    Hot, humid weather plus hordes of people at a sold out music festival make for a doggone thirsty ...

    #crowd #festival #event #concert #thirst #travel #water

    Editor's Note

    The energy and emotion in this crowd goes from one extreme to the next. One concertgoer appears motionless, another is dancing wildly, while a third can barely keep herself upright—totally spent as she gulps down a drink.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Workers take a rest on the ground under the cool shade in the break-time.

    #resting

    Dog days ! Varanasi India

    #cow #wwwstevenchouvfxcn #cool #funny #india #dog

    Refreshing water sprays end a long, hot day at MusikFest.

    #refreshing #light #cooldown #sprayingwater #relief

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    An amazing moment of relief washes over the young girl’s face, as she stands askew in a cloud of ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Beating the summer heat

    Since 2002, the office of the mayor of Paris has been blocking a stretch of the northern bank of ...

    #spray #summer #parisplages #seine #mist #travel #france #paris #river #seineriver

    Family dinner in Northern Italy, after an hot summer day.

    #evening #summer #family #thehumanstory #italy #dinner

    Editor's Note

    The viewer is instantly transported into their memory bank of alfresco summer meals. One can hear the insects buzzing around the light bulb and the laughter and clinking of glasses. It is an outpost of light surrounded by darkness.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    There are times when the dog days of summer feel like they will never end and you can’t wait for the first sign of the inevitable cool down. And sometimes you don’t want them to ever end, facing autumn in complete denial, still wearing flip-flops.

    During the long days you can reconnect with yourself, your family and your world. And what better way to reconnect than through the power of photography. Memories of summers past washed over us as we looked at the photos submitted to this assignment. Thanks for opening up these windows into your world.

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at National Geographic managing the Your Shot photo community.