Neil Miller and Jessica Jansen pause to rest on a sunlit rock while swimming in the Nanaimo River Tuesday.

Neil Miller and Jessica Jansen pause to rest on a sunlit rock while swimming in the Nanaimo River Tuesday.

Mid summer moment

Swimmers take a pause from life and summer heat in Nanaimo River.

Late afternoon sun and dissolved minerals colour Nanaimo River in hues of emerald green as Neil Miller and Jessica Jansen, who visit Nanaimo just to dip in the popular swimming hole below the bridge on Cedar Road, pause rest to rest and peer through the crystal clear water Tuesday.