Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime


My contribution for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

 I don’t take many photos at night (unless you count the millions of times I’ve tried to capture a picture of the moon) because my camera doesn’t have the settings for it, but I snapped this of my daughter’s dog Teddy with my Mom’s camera one night as he was dozing in the orange glow of a warm fire with us out on the patio…


Teddy recently underwent oral surgery and had to have ten teeth removed from his teeny tiny little yapper.  I’m happy to report that he’s recovering well and is back to being his mischievous little self, but it sure wasn’t a fun ordeal.  For him or for us.  The precious little guy.




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Ahh Apples


Red and juicy

Crisp, mouth watering and sweet

Freshly picked apples

Such a delectable treat.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




One of my favorite things to do in the fall is go to the apple orchard, it’s pretty much been a regular yearly tradition since my daughter was a young girl.  I hadn’t planned on going there just yet, but while out running a few mundane errands with my Daughter and my Mom earlier in the week, we all suddenly got the urge to go.  It was such lovely weather, much too beautiful a day to be spent just running errands, so wanting to live in the moment and to seize the day, we dropped everything and took a little drive out to the Pine Tree Apple Orchard.

I sent my sister a text at 11:27, as I often do if I happen to notice it’s that time  (never mind, it’s just a weird thing her and I do), and when I mentioned we were going to the orchard, she and her husband decided they wanted to go too so they met us there.  Gotta love those unplanned, spur of the moment things where the universe just opens the way for unexpected adventures!  :D

And it was a lovely time spent together.  <3


Here’s a photo I snapped of my Daughter and my Mom as they sat on a bench that was along a path where we were walking amidst some of the trees.  Nice of them to pose for me and so fun that my Mom happened to be wearing a red shirt, it goes perfectly with the apples…


Aren’t they adorable?!  Gosh, I love them  <3


And I love my peace lovin’ hippie sis too…




Also while we were walking amidst the trees I came across this ladder and crate with a few random apples scattered nearby on the ground, it was just begging for me to take a photo, such an idyllic scene.  Too bad with the angle I took it from and the bright afternoon sun it ended up being a bit over exposed, but it’s still lovely…



I was hoping there would be a bit of fall color happening there, as the orchard is a little farther north than the city, but there was none really to speak of just yet.  Although, I did come across this colorful leaf that looks like the bugs have been enjoying munching on…



And this birch that is just beginning to show glimmers of yellow within a few of its branches…



I’m so anxious this year for the fall colors to arrive, I can hardly stand to wait any longer!


  But this post is about apples…

Well… we didn’t actually get any apples.  My favorite apple, the Honeycrisp, doesn’t come ready until October.   Guess that means we’ll have to take another trip to the orchard later.  Oh darn.  ;)


But we did enjoy some other apple things while we were there.  Omg… the fresh baked apple pie… paired with cinnamon ice cream that they serve in their cafe…




We ended up buying a whole one of those pies to bring home.  And some oatmeal apple cinnamon cookies, and some apple cinnamon donuts.   Haha what can I say… apple cinnamon is the current flavor crave right now, and we must give in to our cravings…    :D


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I’m off to enjoy the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with those free tickets I won!  Huzzah!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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 I want to wrap myself around you

Embrace you in my lush tender vines

Coalescing with your tall, svelte form

As we reach new heights together as one.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Autumn Quietly Comes


As brightly colored leaves float silently upon still waters

so autumn quietly comes.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



Seeing more and more pretty little splashes of autumn color here every day, and I’m loving it!  <3

May your day be filled with color wherever you are too!  And with joy!

Happy autumnal equinox!  :D


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Seeing Double

Just in case it isn’t enough for me to be seeing stars and hearts everywhere lately, now I’m also seeing double…

The other day while out on a bike ride along one of the river trails, my daughter and I saw deer!  Deer are quite common in Minnesota, but I usually associate them with being out in the country, not here in the inner city, so it was really a surprise to see them.  Although, I guess it does make sense for them to be in the area with such a major water source nearby.

As we were riding, we noticed a number of other cyclists that had passed us earlier on the trail had pulled to a stop up ahead, and as we drew nearer we saw what the commotion was all about… a pair of bucks were grazing in a clearing next to the tree line.

It was such a magical moment, something about seeing deer in the ‘wild’ always makes me feel a sort of hush or quietness within me, like I’m witnessing something special.

But the moment didn’t last long, as more and more people accumulated along the trail, the deer became increasingly more nervous.  I had my camera with me, so I took it out and snapped a few photos.  We were quite far away and I had to zoom way in, so the photos I got didn’t turn out with the best quality, but I was still really happy to get them.


From this next angle it really shows their difference in size as well as the development of their antlers, and you can clearly tell it’s an older buck with a younger one.  Father and son perhaps?


In all, I bet it was less than 5 minutes that we all stood there watching them, but it was an amazing 5 minutes.  :)

We’ve also been seeing a lot of Canadian geese while on our bike rides, and I was seeing double the day I snapped this…


As well as when I was seeing double crows cawing in the treetops…


And double ducks swimming in a pond…


Double bunnies bouncing around in the yard…


Not to mention double Gazanias blooming in one of my pots…


And even seeing double sets of wet footprints on the stairs when I let the dog out after it rained the other day…


Aw, his little paw prints are so cuute!  :D



I guess seeing double isn’t so bad, especially when it’s beautiful things, plus it makes life more interesting.  But having a jingle from an old Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum commercial stuck in my head the whole time I’ve been writing this is a bit annoying.  Don’t click that link unless you want it stuck in your head too.   ;)

Have a wonderful day!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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The Greatness of Beauty


“Green worlds, green gardens

roses smiling, rubies aflame

souls uniting one with another

revealing the greatness of Beauty.”

~ Rumi






✿~Peace & Love~✿

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All the earth sings with the dawning of a new day

The flowers dance and the trees clap their hands in applause

Everything the light touches comes alive

With color, with joy, and with purpose.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



And may it be as such with you also…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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