Keeping cool with a dip and a bit of showing off. Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach.
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"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance." ~ (Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. letter, Sept. 18, 1796.)
Yesterday, the temperature topped out at 108℉ in Williamsburg and here the official Chesapeake temperature was 102℉. Increased humidity was advertised but did not materialize as it stayed below 50%... but this simply created a hot, dry oven effect. An air quality alert was issued for older people, children and those with respiratory difficulty and there was a distinct haze to the sky that normally does not occur here. Today is a bit cooler, if you can count 90℉ as cooler.... but the humidity is well into the 60% range and going up. It is still a day that is too hot for hard physical outside labor.
This white goose knows how to keep cool on a hot summer day.... they all do. The ponds in the neighborhood are crowded with geese, sitting at the edge of the water... quietly preening or sleeping or not doing anything at all. After a dip, then spread the wings and shake off the excess water... and show off a bit. Yes, sir goose, your wings are magnificent... yes, a bit like angel wings... but don't let it go to your head.... you still look a lot like that silly Aflac goose. The water, the wings and the reflections of the clouds have made me feel cooler already. OK, being inside with air conditioning helps too!
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