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The Best Summer-Themed Vines For Taking A Mini Vacation At Your Desk

Viners are getting in the summer spirit with magical pool tricks, neon sunsets, and time-lapse theme-park fun. Here are our favorites.

  • <p>Feeling hot and grumpy? Viners have the antitode: these great six-second videos celebrating the joys of summer.</p>
  • 01 /09

    Feeling hot and grumpy? Viners have the antitode: these great six-second videos celebrating the joys of summer.

  • 02 /09

    More than 160,000 people reposted this vine by Christian Leonard within 48 hours of its upload. Besides being a sunny tribute to everyone's favorite season, the catch and release of the diver is a perfect example of what Leonard and other viners commonly refer to as "Vine magic."

  • 03 /09

    A more abstract approach by Ian Regier titled "Surge." captures a blast of sunlight cutting off the tops of tall buildings, which translates to a hypnotizing loop of light and geometric patterns.

  • 04 /09

    Brian Sexton's vine from Kentucky Kingdom amusement park is a more literal translation of summer that includes the familiar sights of a water park--tanning chairs, tipping buckets, and long lines--and a first-hand view from the ferris wheel. Thanks to the time lapse, it all fits into a six-second masterpiece of summer's most familiar icons.

  • 05 /09

    Another post from Brian Sexton is a short loop of the quick decent (and screams) from a drop tower that reminds us of the long, sweaty summer days pounding the blacktop at Six Flags.

  • 06 /09

    Thousands of people use Vine as an outlet for singing and dancing, but Leslie Laine's rendition of Feist's "Mushaboom" on the green grass and dandelions capture the essence of summer in most pleasant way.

  • 07 /09

    Ryan Pernofski's Vine is a calming escape to where you'd like to be most on unbearably hot days--inside the barrel of a rolling blue wave.

  • 08 /09

    Paulette Griswold posts hula hoop tricks under the Vine hashtag #hulahoops. Using tiny earbuds, an iPod, and duct tape, she delivers the full effect from inside the hoop, taking you back to childhood summer nights in all their innocent hip-swerving glory.

  • 09 /09

    Who needs Vine magic, time lapse, waterproof cameras, or duct tape rigs to illustrate the perks of summer when nature provides a perfect neon backdrop? Kai Tirkkonen posted this Vine recently to showcase the stunning colors of a Finnish sunset.

For all the reasons to upload a video to Vine, we can't think of an much better excuse than to revel in the joys of summer. It's already unrelentingly hot and humid, but this collection of Vines (inspired by Christian Leonard's recent viral pool trick) acts as a visual A/C—you can almost feel the cold splash of water while watching a Vine shot inside the barrel of a wave.

Now with more than 40 million users, Vine offers plenty of opportunities to virtually explore their worlds and escape your desk for a quick six-second vacation. The range of aesthetic approaches to Vine demonstrates how innovative ideas on the video app can portray moods, experiences and, in this case, the season of summer all in a six-second loop. Click through the slide show above to cool off with a few of our favorites.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Image: Flickr user Matthew Faltz;