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What they were thinking: Winter in Florida

Tyler Bernstein, 13, of St. Louis, celebrates the first day of winter by performing aerial somersaults on the beach at Marco Island, Fla.

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Tyler Bernstein, 13, of St. Louis, celebrates the first day of winter by performing aerial somersaults on the beach at Marco Island, Fla.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

Up today: Tyler Bernstein, 13, of St. Louis, celebrates the first day of winter by performing aerial somersaults on the beach at Marco Island, Fla., Dec. 22, 2011.

“My sister’s been on the gymnastics team for six years. It looked like fun. I was trying for three somersaults in a row, because that’s what she can do, but I only got two. I was a little dizzy 15 feet in the air but it was cool because you could see the ocean when you were flipping. It was a little scary. I was trying to make sure I didn’t land on my head. But it wasn’t that scary after the first one. The judges gave me a 2 so I think I’ll go back to hockey and lacrosse.’’

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