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Heat // a photo essay

DenaJuly 14, 2014

When I think of heat, I think of summer — the glorious months of June, July and August. I am a summer girl through & through. Carnivals, fairs, trips to the ocean, ice cream, cold lemonade, camping, roasting marshmallows, swimming, sweating, sun-kissed skin, sandy toes, bare-foot in the grass, humidity, thunderstorms, warm rain, lazy afternoons that seem to stretch until forever, cold beer, popsicles, sandals, drive-in movies, flowers blooming in every colour of the rainbow, trips to the lake, fishing, fireflies, watercolour sunsets, barbecues, shooting stars. Oh, how I love it — all of it.

Here are a few of my favourite summertime photographs that I’ve taken over the past couple of summers.

“Heat” is the July writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Renee of oh renée. A few words from Renée — Oh Renée started as a creative outlet for me a few years ago, a happy place to share creative and fun projects or fashion. Since then, it has evolved into one of the best things I could ever have done with my time! The last few years of blogging have become much more personal to me- more of a way to document this life of mine, with my husband, with my little boy and with the world around me. I enjoy sharing glimpses into our days and sharing in other mom’s lives as well, as part of this wonderful world of social media. Being a mother is better than anything I could have expected! Truly. I call Ohio my home, I keep the joy of traveling and exploring new places close to my heart, i spend my evenings knitting and am never without a book in my hand or in my purse. My blog is much of the same! You can also find me on Instagram at

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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Comments (6)

  • Tina

    July 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wow these photos are gorgeous! I think the pool and ferris wheel photos are my fav. I am a huge summer girl as well. Give me the heat and the outdoor activities and I’m happy for life 🙂

  • Momista Beginnings

    July 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    As a kid, I just loved having summer days off from school and having the freedom to do whatever the heck I wanted. As I started working, summers weren’t the same anymore. I had a job and no longer had the freedom to be as spontaneous and adventurous as I once could be. BUT, because I worked at a school I had a few weeks off here and there which I took full advantage of. Now that I’m a mom, (and yes, we all know, I have this summer off of work) summer has once again become alive and free and fun! Now I get to relive all the fun summer days were once my own, but with my daughter. It’s amazing how things come full circle. Your photos…gorgeous! They hold so much nostalgic qualities and remind me of how much I used to love summer and of how thrilled I am to love summer once again. I already told you, but you’ve got some serious talent. Not only are these nice to look at, but they provoke feelings and emotions. I love the first one, btw. Probably because my husband builds ponds (not sure if you knew that) and I think that’s really cool 🙂 -Misty

  • Nichole

    July 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I LOVE the photos! They make me feel nostalgic and also make me feel like going out and enjoying the beautiful summer. I especially like the shot of the laundry on the line. Summer is fresh, sun shine-y sheets to me 🙂

  • Jordan

    July 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Beautiful photos! Its making me even more nostalgic for the summer we don’t have here in San Francisco. Its been nothing but fog for a full month, its enough to make me want to move to Southern California!

  • Casey Carroll

    July 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Your photos are beautiful!!!

  • Renee

    July 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    So these photos are magic. And truly capture the best of summer! You are so talented. Hope you are enjoying your vacation!!!!!!! Beach with our boys? What could be better? xoxo

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