It’s summertime and it’s darn hot here in the Yakima Valley. And when it’s hot that usually spawns lots of water-related photos. It may be water from a fire hose at a brush fire, water from a sprinkler or kids playing in the water.

Water can be a dramatic element in a photo or just another part of the picture, depending upon how you make the photo.

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