Other parts of the country spend this season of rebirth shaking loose from winter's stubborn grip. Not so in Florida. As the state approaches April's doorstep, residents begin to practice their heat and humidity avoidance, while summer cools its heels and plans its assault. Towering oaks, like the one above, filter the sun, offering a canopy of relief at parks and campuses. E.J. Brown, 13, near right, goes for a more dramatic cool-down by leaping into Tampa's Hillsborough River. His buddy Mike Wilson, 14, climbs out for another try.
E.J. leaps into the Hillsborough River on Monday as Mike climbs out.
Cearan Caffery, 21, left, a theater performance major, and Israel Sotolongo, 19, who's majoring in international business, study in the shade of an oak tree on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa.