“When a true lover appears

calamities blaze up.

I like a heart that can stir the seven seas

fearlessly withstanding the waves.

I like a lover with a fiery heart

burning even hell to ashes.

I like a heart that can wrap the universe

around its hand, catching the eternal light

hanging it like an icicle.

I like a lover with a heart as large as the world

who fights like a lion, not only with others

but with himself, a lover who shatters

the veils of all hearts with the blazing light of Truth.”


~ Rumi





And I also like a tree with fiery leaves in autumn that blazes my eyes with its beauty!  <3




Don’t you?!   :D




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Golden Dreams


Golden dreams

near water serene

with sunlit leaves

on ancient trees

bending low

their reflections show

as harmony flows

in autumn’s glow.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



I snapped this yesterday when I went down by the river to sit alone for a little while.  This is the same tree from the photo I used in “Almost Touching” but taken from a different viewpoint, and of course… now wearing its beautiful, golden autumn colors.    Hope you like it!  :)



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Weekend Wanderings

Sometimes it’s those unplanned adventures that we enjoy the most.  This often seems to be the case for me, anyway.

My weekend wanderings began with heading out to my sister’s place so we could run errands together, but we ended up running a few adventures as well.  One of the things I really appreciate about my sister is her willingness to go with the flow.   Or as we like to say…  “Sometimes you just gotta follow the force, Luke.”  So we followed the force to William O’Brien State Park.

The fall colors are at their peak in my area right now, and everywhere you look is alive with autumn’s splendor, my eyes are in paradise!  <3

The weather wasn’t on our side, it was cold, raining at times, and the skies were overcast and dreary, but we didn’t let that stop us, we enjoyed every minute of it.

Here’s a few of the photos I snapped…



I bet fairies live here…


I didn’t see any though, they must not have been at home.  ;)

Right before I snapped this one, there were children frolicking here, it was a beautiful, heartwarming little scene…


I’m a bit disappointed I couldn’t have gotten a better capture of this path, it was so lovely, and smelled of pine and dried leaves.  I wish I could bottle that scent.  We spent a considerable amount of time sniffing around here.  :D



After we left the park, we pulled over to the side of the road because there was a pretty area I had noticed on the way in that had some beautiful fall colors and I wanted to try to take a photo of it.  But then when I looked on the opposite side of the road, I spotted a bald eagle in the branches of some bare trees.  Although I was too far away to really capture it (can you even see it?), I love the feel and the mood of this photo.  Maybe partly because the moment was so special ~ seeing a bald eagle is always exciting, even if it’s only from very far away…


The sun tried to come out, but the cloud cover was just too thick…


But even without it, the autumn colors still glowed…



 The following day though, the sun was shinning brightly, and on a whim my daughter and I headed over to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.  We had tried to go there earlier in the week, but it was closed.  Those of you who have been here with me for a while may recall me posting about this place before when I spent some time there on one of my birthdays.  It’s a lovely place and we had the most wonderful time hiking through the trails.

Here are a few of the photos I snapped while we were there…

I can’t even tell you how unbelievably gorgeous it was, the colors were absolutely dazzling, and the smell… amazing! <3


Each path had its own ambiance and feel to it depending on the various twists and turns and the plantings along the way…




And the colors… oh the brilliant colors.


But the more subtle tones were equally as beautiful…


There were tiny little colorful treasures everywhere, if ones walks slow enough to notice them…


Even the dead things were alive.  Alive with interest and with their own special, unique beauty…


And then there’s this unique beauty…


My beautiful daughter.  <3

Right after I snapped that shot of her, a park worker came over to us and told us we weren’t allowed to take portrait type of photos in the park.  What?!  Apparently it’s because when doing so, many people go off the designated trails and trample the tender plantings that are along the sides of the path.  I told her I wouldn’t dream of doing anything that would harm the living things in the park, they’re the reason we were there, and I’m thankful to have such a gorgeous place nearby to visit, it was just that as we happened upon a lovely sitting area, I thought it would be perfect for a portrait.  And it was, look how nice it turned out.  ;)

Lastly, let me share this photo I snapped of a cute, friendly little kitty named Lily, who lives next door to my sister, as she was out on a few of her own ‘weekend wanderings’ through some brightly colored leaves…




I know this post was a bit long, so thank you for taking the time and for letting me share with you some of the beautiful moments I had during my weekend wanderings.  I hope you experience some beautiful moments of your own today, and that you have a wonderful week ahead!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Listening to the Wind


In the still of the night I lay awake

foggy remnants of strange dreams weave in and out amidst the myriad of thoughts pervading my mind

tossing and turning in tangled sheets, I find no comfort.


Suddenly becoming aware of the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees coming in through my open window, I listen.

In sync with the rise and the fall of the wind, I breathe

in… and out.

As I imagine the branches swaying, I imagine myself swaying with them in the soothing caress of the wind, it calms me.


Now pleasant memories of being by a lake the previous day come to mind, I revisit that tranquil place

of watching delicate branches adorned in yellow leaves bending in the wind, dipping down to kiss the shore of sparkling waters

I not only see, but feel the beauty

and I’m filled with peace.


Listening to the wind, I drift back to sleep

To awaken to a new day.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Autumn Waters


Autumn waters wash over me

my eyes bathe in your rich living colors.

As I am immersed in your beauty

my sorrows drown

and my spirit is baptized anew.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Magical Moments

Well… although I didn’t end up getting the rest I wanted over the weekend, nor have the chance to sit beneath autumn’s branches, I did find other ways to get a bit of relief, and some of them turned out to be quite “magical.”

Now, I’ve never really been one to celebrate Halloween, I mean aside from doing the usual things like trick-or-treating, watching scary movies, or going to costume parties and such.  And other than carved pumpkins or harvest themed decor I’ve never decorated my house for it.  I’m just not into the macabre, ghoulish type of stuff that usually comes along with Halloween.  But this year, my daughter and my mom got it into their heads that they wanted to decorate the house for Halloween.  They were both so terribly excited at the idea, I just couldn’t resist, so I went along with it for their sakes.

We went out shopping over a month ago and bought a few decorations that we had found on sale.  The two of them were anxious to put them up right away, but I told them that we had to wait at least until the second week of October before putting them up, just until it felt more like Halloween season, ya know?  Well, with the nice weather we had over the weekend, it seemed like the perfect time, so even though I was longing for some quiet, peaceful time out in nature, we put them up and it was lots of fun.  And I still got to be outside:D

We were right in the nick of it all when look who/what stopped by to join us…


A black cat!  How purrfectly magical is that… just as we’re putting up Halloween decorations!  I snapped this with my cell phone camera, so please excuse the poor quality of the photo.  I had a heck of a time trying to take her picture, she was always moving about and is pretty much just a black blur in all of the pictures except this one where she happened to be sitting still for a brief moment.  She was the sweetest little thing, so friendly and affectionate, purring and meowing and rubbing up against us.  I think she would have eaten us up if she could have.  ;)

Now listen… I’m outside ALL the time, in my garden, on the patio, all the time, and in the two years since I’ve moved back here, I’ve never seen a black cat or any cats really, out wandering around the neighborhood.  So believe me when I say that her stopping by (at all, let alone while we were putting up Halloween decorations) was very unusual, and her presence really made our decorating time feel magical!


Here are a few other photos from our Halloween decorating…


 My daughter put up some cobwebs on the bush near the front door.  If you know me, you know that I am terrified of spiders, but fake ones don’t bother me so much…


And look who moved in… Shelob.   ;)


Although the Shelob in Tolkien’s story is utterly disgusting and terrifying, I think this one is kinda cute.  For a spider, anyway.


This little ghost guy is kinda cute as well…


But as for the idea of real ghosts… I think, not so much.


We also got this cute sign to post by the door.  I couldn’t get the stake to go into the ground, so I stuck it in my mom’s planter…


Hey, whatever works right?

I was in charge of putting up the lights (I also climbed halfway up a 50ft extension ladder and strung some Christmas lights, but that’s a story for another time).   Once again, a poor quality photo, but you can still tell how festive it is…


Nothing too fancy, but hopefully the neighborhood kids will like it.  Heck, I hope we even get any trick-or-treaters, last year there weren’t very many of them that came by.

Either way, it makes my daughter and my mom happy, and in the end that’s all that really matters. <3


Gotta make the most of those magical moments…


And I say it’s good luck when a black cat crosses your path comes to visit while you’re putting up Halloween decorations.  See… she’s just a blur.  ;)



May your day be filled with a little bit of magic, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

I have so many things that come to mind when contemplating this week’s Photo Challenge: Dreamy, because so many things are dreamy to me.

But just for kicks I’m going to post something completely different


A photo I snapped of the logo on the front of my new bike.  Because riding this bike is definitely dreamy to me…






✿~Peace & Love~✿

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