We’re in the dog days of summer now, halfway between Memorial Day and Labor Day (for those of us in the U.S.). The Fourth of July, arguably the biggest reason for summertime celebration, has come and gone, but there’re still plenty of sunshiny weekends ahead of us. So, your mission, should you choose to accept it (and you should), is:

Take a photo (or photos) of what the height of summer means to you. Hiking? Barbecuing? Sitting poolside? Staying indoors to avoid the heat and enjoy the air-conditioning? Staying indoors and sweltering from lack of a/c? Fireflies? Let’s see what summer means to you! Good luck!

Here’s a photo of something that reminds me of summer: traffic. Abstract shot of the long line of cars trying to leave a popular weekend getaway spot nearby shortly after the Fourth of July fireworks display had concluded.

And now, as you all know, The Rules:

1. You can submit one or two pictures for the challenge, preferably recent pictures. You can submit in a number of ways:

  • Post it via Kinja comment
  • Post it to a photo sharing site such as Flickr, 500px, et cetera, then link it back here in a comment.
  • Send photos to my e-mail at i.am.xyl0c41n3 [at] gmail.com (you know how to format). Have this week’s challenge as your subject header, and be sure to include your blurb and username so I know who to credit these to. Also, include a link to your Kinja, since we usually link those in the galleries.
  • Print it out. Put it in a bottle. Throw the bottle in the ocean. Allow six to eight hundred years for delivery.

2. The deadline is 23:59 Texas Standard Time (CST, for you mere mortals) on Sunday. The exhibition post will be up some time on Monday. Each week’s new mission will be posted on Monday.

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3. This is not a judged competition. This is just for fun and to show of our work.

4. With your submission please tell us about the photo. The specs, the location (if you’re comfortable with that), and the background story of it.

5. Any camera is welcome, even phone cameras. I would prefer for people to not use automatic modes, but I accept that composition/etc. will still produce a good photograph with the camera in automatic mode. Editing is allowed.

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These missions are intended to be fun, and to give people a reason to get out and shoot. I would like for positive discussion to come about from these, as well as to increase the participation on Photography Kinja. I know there are a lot of new people here that are participating, so I look forward to their contributions!

I will take suggestions on the next week’s mission objective.

Now, go on and complete your mission!