30 December 2017    Summer is the best season but not so good for some reason   Dwi Wu


Summer is the best season but not so good for some reason

In the northern hemisphere, summer is the warmest season of the year; extending from the summer solstice through to the autumnal equinox. This season introduces the rainy season, because of the heat, water is evaporated and the vapours are safely stored in the atmosphere; in turn these vapours are turned into clouds that fall as rain. Summer is especially warm because during this time that part of the earth directly under the sun and its rays are focused on the area, drying up ponds and lakes, this can lead to a scarcity of water. And for most people this time of the year is associated with fun as school break for the holidays and most offices are not fully active. Summer brings back lots of outdoor activities that are impossible in the freezing cold winter. Most people have picnics, visit beaches and parks to relax and unwind them under clear skies. This season brings bright and longer days, which exposes the beauty of nature. Grasses are green, flowers bloom, birds and animals return to the melted and blossoming fields. Everyone dresses in light materials to feel cool under the hot sun. Most will be spotted in shorts, sunglasses, summer dresses and sandals. Some fruits such as mangos, pineapples and water melon become ripe during summer, so this season presents the opportunity for people to enjoy them. For some, summer is much disliked, due to discomfort caused by the high heat levels. Generally, people try to keep indoors and have cold beverages to supplement on liquid being lost from their system through constant perspiration. The hottest period of the summer season is around midday, mornings and evenings are relatively cool. Summer days can be extremely hot and people usually the elderly, suffer from heat stroke; in the past this has resulted in some deaths. Due to the heat people become easily tired as their bodies sweat continuously. Summer seasons in the last couple of years has reached record heat levels, unprepared for this it resulted in many deaths and emergencies. Most people ordered air conditioners or went out to cool in pools and public fountains. As with all harmful natural phenomena, the poor bears the brunt whilst the rich hide behind the latest technology for comfort. Summer is associated with life, birth and rebirth. It is deduced that plant and animal life go into a state of rest / hibernation during the cold months of winter. It is as though the teeming colours and sounds of nature have disappeared. The summer gives life, birth/ rebirth to life around us. Plants blossom, animals happily resume activity and nature feels ‘alive ‘again. This has been and is still the most celebrated aspect of this season. Summer brings excitement and although summer and winter are seemingly different they share similar characteristics. The snow crunching under your feet during a night time walk while gazing at the shining stars above. The attempt to build a snowman just a little bigger and little better than your friends do. That same feeling of overwhelming excitement is just as alive in your spirit as it is in the summer. The sweat pouring down your back or the frost nipping at your frozen feet, both vividly describe the essence of the two seasons. The time changing from season to season is simply another step toward our goal in life. We simply have to pull out an old box of winter clothes and prepare for the new season God has provided for us. The treacherous heat and humidity of the summer to the frigid coldness of winter are simply the negative aspects to two of the most prominent seasons we have been blessed with.