I intended today’s post as an acknowledgment and concession that although we welcome the changing season – snuggle-up weather, falling leaves, pumpkins and persimmons -we will, at some point along winter’s journey, long for hot summer days digging our toes in the sand. That was the idea anyway. As it stands, we are in the midst of an unbelievable heat wave, and these photos are more likely a reminder that sometimes even the beaches are too hot to handle. Don’t let that dissuade you! However you view them, today or in December with a blizzard raging outside, I hope they serve as the ideal antidote, equal parts artistic vision and much needed escape.