27.7.10

already standing on the ground


These are the days I long for all winter.  The hottest days of summer. They get so hot that the heat brings on these storms.  We had torrential rain fall today. Flooding rain. Huge puddles. Then it stopped and the sun came out and it all dried up. Now the vapor is being held in the sky above me and its bound to fall tomorrow and the next day and continue to the end of the week. This process of build up and release. Intense heat relieved by intense rain resulting in a clean, clear, renewed air and ground.  It's great. You will NEVER hear me complain about the heat.  I think it is one of the most cleansing experiences. I can submit to the heat.  Revel in it. I love going out in the summer rains.  I can't do that with the cold.  You have to be on your guard with cold weather. Never trusting it fully since it can get the best of you if you are not prepared for it. But this, this time right now always helps me to be present and still. Even in myself.

Dress: Vintage
Accessories: Thrifted

34 comments:

Liv said...

I completely agree, I always feel most alive outdoors in sweltering heat. Trapped indoors during a heat wave, however is another story.
Great photos!

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Sal said...

What a gorgeous setting for a gorgeous gal. That hat is perfection.

And I'm a winter girl myself, and both heat and humidity torture me!

Rebecca said...

I have never heard anyone put the beauty of summer heat into words so well. You completely captured my exact sentiments. Also, great dress!

tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

1) These pictures are GORGEOUS christina. Can I come visit and just hang out on that bridge watching the sunset with you???
2) "This process of build up and release. Intense heat relieved by intense rain" That sounded a little erotic to me... is it just me? Do I just have a dirty mind?
3) I think you have the best thrifted item collection I have ever seen. Or perhaps you just make everything look good. love this post! it makes me happy :)

tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

p.s. I have some Earl Grey tea you need to try. Let me know if you would like me to send you some!

Em

Anthea said...

That dress is amazing! Love the low back and crochet detail.

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Brianna said...

I like your maxi dress, especially the back. And that bridge is gorgeous!

Two Girls One Closet said...

lovelovelove the dress. and the picture of the butterfly is adorable!

ps. check out www.twogirlsonecloset.blogspot.com, we're new and open to linking :)

tess said...

that's a beautiful bridge, nice shots!

I do love the cold after a massive thunderstorm (I think Minnesota is getting one today!!)

Linda said...

Such great photos! You look beautiful.
And I totally agree with the summer/winter thing. I dread winter just for the fact that no matter how much clothing I put on (besides the fact that I then look like the abominable snowman) I still freeze! But the heat? Eh, drink some lemonade! :)

Brianna said...

Love this outfit and the setting. How wonderful to wake up to such amazing scenery! And yes, summer storms are super fun! Puddle jumping and more!

km. said...

That bridge is so beautiful!! And your dress looks pretty great as well. Love the open back

Kate xox
Collections and Creations

Melissa said...

That was so eloquently stated. Beautiful and descriptive. I feel exactly the same way. I'd so much prefer the heat to the cold.

The cold is paralyzing. Heat is soothing.

Archives said...

i am the opposite - can't stand the extreme heat!!!

love the location in your shots.

number the first said...

what a great and inspirational post! Those pictures are amazing (I seriously need a cute maxi dress like yours!)

Carolyn said...

It does sound marvellous. The heat followed by the rain, that is. Where I am we get the heat but not the rain! But I'm definitely still a summer girl.
I love your black dress and you look gorgeous in it. Black is so stunning in a plain summer dress. Gonna have to get me one!!

Rosie said...

I think im the opposite, im can't handle heat at all! My country has such mild summers and kinda harsh autumn and winter. The kind where the cold wind scalds your cheeks and its dark out so early so you snuggle up with a fire and drink mulled drinks...You can stand on a mountain side bundled up with hats and scarfs and watch the clouds so low that the hills dissapear into the clouds

fashionflirt said...

I dig that dress - especially the low dip in the back. Just gorgeous. Like you!

Chloe Trayner said...

Gorgeous photographs. You look stunning in that dress. I love the rain in summer, it can be really refreshing, even if it's just for a little bit.

SWF_Terra said...

It has been blisteringly hot in Pittsburgh as well. We saw Tom Petty on Saturday. The day was in the high 90s. But during Tom, the skies opened up and cooled us all. It was magical! Revel in it, indeed. This dress is so gorgeous. I'm such a sucker for an open back.

SWF_Terra said...

It has been blisteringly hot in Pittsburgh as well. We saw Tom Petty on Saturday. The day was in the high 90s. But during Tom, the skies opened up and cooled us all. It was magical! Revel in it, indeed. This dress is so gorgeous. I'm such a sucker for an open back.

Lucy, Dear Fish said...

Beautiful bridge and butterfly. I love the spots you find.

Karen said...

Great Pictures Today!! I am a daily reader of your blog and I love love love when you take pictures on this bridge!! It seems like such a magical place and I am almost positive that many great love stories occurred on this bridge!!

Cheers,
Karen

rubytuesdayfashionanddesign.blogspot.com

Little Woman said...

I love the back, the shape and how low it goes, perfect. And also the see through pattern in the front. :)

merciblahblah said...

I have said this in comments before, but I love your writing style. It is not so much like reading a blog, but more like reading a great book. LOVE your description of summer, and the gorgeous photography to go along with it!
Merci,
Shannan

Swalvs said...

Seeing you made me happier than normal today. I'm glad you found a good side on the weather (or the metaphor of the rain)... I hope everything is better... You look good, nice bracelets!

a cat of impossible colour said...

Beautiful piece of writing!

A xx

Faith said...

You have such beautiful scenery all around you, it must be a lovely place to live!

Terri said...

a natural sauna! Where is this bridge. It is beautiful.

casual ambiguity said...

Yes! I love hot HOT summer days as well. but in my state they are REALLY dry. It is intense, but I love it. We normally get one big heat wave a summer, I think last year it was over a month of 35C or higher, with like 16 days over 40C. Definitely no rain here!

Um, that bridge + scenery = amazing

rinacatastrophe said...

I love this location, what an awesome bridge! And I love your hat!

-rina
www.thelatesttoughs.blogspot.com

Trishna said...

Breathtaking!

daisybabie said...

this might be my all time favorite post on Second Skin.

~~from the magnificent location of your photographs; to the long, dark, brooding dress you are wearing; to the shot of vibrant shades existing with a creature laying wayside, whose soul seems to have departed physical form in the recent past; to the words of sheer poetry you have written~~
"This process of build up and release. Intense heat relieved by intense rain resulting in a clean, clear, renewed air and ground...Revel in it. I love going out in the summer rains. I can't do that with the cold. You have to be on your guard with cold weather. Never trusting it fully since it can get the best of you if you are not prepared for it. But this, this time right now always helps me to be present and still. Even in myself."

beautiful.
:o)

Kelly Lauren said...

such pretty photos! loving that bridge and you look great in a long dress

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