Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cooling


Here in Scandinavia – and several other European countries – we have endured a more than two months’ long heat wave, with temperatures exceeding everything since measurements started in Sweden hundreds of years ago. To function – cooling is essential.

One of my fondest memories of cooling is from 2015, when we were hiking the spectacular Verzasca Valley in Tessin, Switzerland. After some tough hours on foot, the temperature hit 34 degrees C – and we felt an urgent need to cool down. Fast cooling was offered with a swim in the 14 degrees C glacier water of the Verzasca river.

How would you capture cooling in a photograph? Is it an image like this one, showing a much-needed, cooling swim? Or is it maybe a giant ice-cream on the beach, or a dog in a bucket of water in your back yard? Show us your interpretation in a new post.


Here are the guidelines:

  • Lens-Artists Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Post your reply any time before the next challenge is announced.
  • Tag your post with lens-artists  so others can easily find it in the WordPress Reader.
  • Remember to create a link to this post.
  • Subscribe to all 4 moderator blogs to receive the challenge each week.

Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/


We had so many great responses to our first photo challenge!

Have You Seen These?

Deborah found a really special wonder in the Perry Sandhills – Wentworth. See her entry here:


And Helen reminds us that ”Everything is a wonder, when we see through children’s eyes.” See her entry here:

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder


Amy will be your host for the next challenge on Saturday, July 21.

Missed our initial challenge announcement? See details here.

153 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cooling

  1. […] Week two of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge got underway on Saturday. This week’s topic is “cooling”. In the middle of summer, cooling could be a tall glass of iced tea at a sidewalk cafe or a 24-ounce beer at an afternoon ballgame. Laya takes us to Switzerland in her challenge with a swim in glacier water on a very hot day. You can view the entire photo challenge post here. […]

  2. I can’t make my mind up what I like the most about these photos – that gorgeous arched bridge or the colour of the water. How extraordinary that so many places around the world are experiencing this heat. Now I am worried about the sort of winter we may have ahead of us. Climate change like this is never good.

    • That movie feeling came to me as well – and further up the river is a famous dam hosting one of the biggest bungy jump settings in the world. It was used for Bond in ”Goldeneye”!
      Thank you for joining us – I don’t know about the url though…hope it works for you anyway!

  3. Thank you, Anne-Christine for mentioning my blog. I feel honored and happy 😉
    What a beautiful bridge! Switzerland is definitely a place I want to go back. Seeing your photo, I can’t wait… Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.

  4. What lovely views; images of summer! We are having the heatwave here in Finland as well. Nowadays, I ”work” next to a lake so that I can dip in the water more often to cool down. 🙂

    Btw, I like this photo challenge. Need to read more and see if I can participate in it, and a way of keeping up with blogging.

    • We are in a climate change – it has to be, because this heat is completely unnatural to us. The country is unprepared, so cows and horses are starving and crops are sadly failing. In the old days the catastrophe would have been complete, but today we will find ways to manage.
      The Swiss valley is a gem – and the Romans knew their art of building!

    • Thank you for participating, Brenda – and for the piece of good advice to keep cool. I will certainly try it, because my memory suffers from the heat and also is my energy low. And the young – well, they seem not to bother if it is warm or cold…their energy seem constant.

    • Thank you – I think I still can feel the heat of that day, looking at the people on the bridge. And you are right about the water – cooling, almost too cold for a swim. As you can see there are not many people in the water!

    • Ah, glad you enjoyed the place so much that you would love to visit! I’m looking forward to seeing your choice of cooling!

  5. Two month long heat wave in Scandinavia. It sounds like a long summer.
    Thank you, Ann-Christine for sharing the beautiful photos of Verzasca Valley, that was an ideal place for cooling!

    • It was, Amy – I’d love to go back. Swedish summers are usually rather rainy with approximately 5 days above 25 degrees C. This year is extremely dry and hot.

  6. The photos are beautiful, and more then that, so inviting. And the bridge is quite interesting. This is truly a challenge for me as Arizona is hotter then hot these days. Thanks Leya. Donna.

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