Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Leaf With Legs

On the quiet evenings of late summer, you can hear their urgent calls

beckoning a lover for the night as the darkness falls.

© Julie Rehnelt 2013

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I love listening to the sounds of nature at night.  When I lived out in the country I fell asleep each night to the serenade of frogs singing, in the trees, in our pond, such a peaceful lullaby.  But being back here living in the inner city, I don’t often hear those gentle sounds at night, instead I hear traffic, people, loud music booming with a heavy bass…  It’s a whole different vibe.  But I’m learning to adjust.  And when I’m feeling particularly nostalgic for those peaceful country sounds, I set the sound machine that I have next to my bed to “summer night” which seems to do the trick.

Lately, when I go outside in the evenings with my daughter so she can let her dog out for his last potty duty (doodie hah!), we have been hearing the sound of a certain insect.  Out in the country, all the insect sounds at night tend to sorta run together, so we weren’t sure which insect this sound was coming from.

Then the other day we were cleaning out the garage in preparation for a garage sale (that is a year overdue!), we saw this “leaf” moving amidst the plants out on the patio…

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Seriously look at it, it looks just like a leaf!  Hence my title “A Leaf With Legs.”  Can you see it?  What great camouflage!

I love it that even in our busyness of cleaning out the garage, the wonder of nature still managed to catch our attention.  ♥

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I Googled it, and discovered it’s a Katydid.  And then I went on YouTube and looked up what Katydid’s sound like and sure enough that was the sound we’ve been hearing out there.  Fun to finally find out who was responsible for it…

Here’s what they sound like…

Not the prettiest sound, I know ~ especially not for falling asleep to.  And it certainly wouldn’t attract me if I was looking for a potential mate, but then again… I’m not a bug.   😉

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And here’s a video that tells a little bit more about them…

I’ve said it before, but nature is so cool me!

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And here’s one more video.  I subscribe to this user on YouTube and it was fun to find that he had a Katydid video.  There’s some foul language in it, so be aware, but I find it hilarious.  Maybe I have a weird sense of humor…

“Mm there is no such creature, dragons, dragons don’t exist, they’re not real.”

But leaves with legs are!  😉

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And they’re pretty cool…

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To Everything There is a Season

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I got my first real glimpse of fall color the other day when I followed behind my sis on her motorcycle so she could bring it up north to her cabin to store it there for the winter.

It’s starting to get dark out earlier in the evenings now, and by the time we got to her cabin the sun was already set, but I still pulled out my camera anyway and tried to take a few photos before all the light was gone.  None of the shots I took turned out very well, but when I saw the one above it evoked an emotion from me, so I touched it up as best I could and then added that quote to it.

While I was working on it I couldn’t help myself from hearing this old song by The Byrds playing over and over in my head…

I want to say this song is a bit “before my time” but I believe it was actually released the year I was born, so technically it isn’t.  😉

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I knew those lyrics were taken from a portion of scripture, so I decided to go and look them up in the Bible to add to the context.  I think I got through chapter 5 or 6 of Ecclesiastes before I had to put it down, I just found it all so depressing.  I lost count of how many times the writer said “all is vanity and striving after the wind!”  I’ve already been feeling a bit like that myself, so reading that wasn’t helping me at all.  I do really like the part that this song is taken from though, and I know there’s a good moral of the story and a point made in the end.  I’m sure that all of the philosophers and theologians throughout the ages have their own opinions and have made their arguments over what the interpretation of that portion of scripture is about, but all I really care about is how it all relates to me and how I can apply it to my every day life.

Which lately… the “season” I’ve been in has me feeling rather low.  It’s weird too, because this is my favorite time of the year.  I mean, I can hardly even describe how much I love autumn.  Truly.  Ordinarily I should be on top of the world right now.  I’m sure it’s probably just that there’s sooo much going on in my life at the moment that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Anyway, I’m not going to get into all of that, it’s just that in contemplating all of this it has got me thinking…

Thinking, thinking, thinking.  Turn, turn, turn…

About all of the different seasons there are in life.  A time for this, a time for that.  Me and my endless metaphors.  But it’s so true!   And the thing that helps me is to remember… that no mater what “time” it is right now… it has its purpose in my life, and it’s only for a season.  What a great encouragement!  And as my pops used to say…  “This too shall pass.”  ♥

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven –

A time to give birth, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. 

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to tear down, and a time to build up. 

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones;

a time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.

A time to search, and a time to give up as lost;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away.

A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;

a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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And a time to follow your sis up north to store her motorcycle…

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Preparing For Take-off

Preparing for take-off…

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if only I too had wings…

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In and Around the Garden

What a gorgeous day it is here!  It’s a bit cool, and there’s a definite chill of autumn in the air, but the sun is shining and the sky is a heavenly shade of blue, with puffy, peaceful clouds drifting by.  I’ve really enjoyed my time out on the patio this morning, just soaking it all in.

But with my coffee cup now drained, it’s time to get started on the day.  So now that I’ve opened up my laptop and am looking through some of the photos I’ve snapped this past week, I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been seeing through my camera lens in and around the garden…

I know I have already shared more sunflower photos in my last few posts than anyone would probably ever want to see, but if you’ll indulge me, I have just one more… I absolutely love the intricate spiral design that’s in the center of sunflowers!  I’d been trying to snap a picture of it before it blooms and the design goes away, but the hungry bees were always photobombing me.  Except on this one…

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The amazing patterns seen in nature positively fascinate me!  ♥

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Speaking of photobombing bees, I’ve barely been able to take a photo of anything containing pollen or nectar without them bee-ing in the shot.  😉  Like on this mint…

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this Marigold…

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and this Sedum that is just starting to bloom…

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I don’t know what type of bee this one is, or if it’s really even a “bee” at all, but it had the body shape of a wasp so I didn’t want to get too close.  I was stung by a wasp recently (twice) and had a terrible reaction from it.   😦

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I prefer the less threatening visitors like this delicate dragonfly, who joined me for coffee earlier this morning…

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I’ve got a little squirrel who joins me some mornings too.  He’s a nervous, chatty little thing always sounding the alarm as he scampers around…

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I can’t help but wonder if he’s one of the babies from the litter that I had living in my tree this past spring, but he doesn’t look familiar.  Even though they all look pretty much the same, haha!  He’s a cute little rascal anyway, and hasn’t been much of a bother to my garden (I’ve only suffered a few squirrel casualties this year), so I’m thankful for that.  🙂

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The area where I snapped that picture of the squirrel is underneath the deck of the house next door, right next to my garden.  It’s a rental property that’s yard isn’t kept up very well, but it doesn’t bother me because I appreciate things growing wild and I love the bright, colorful Goldenrod that is growing wild there…

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Not to be confused with the despicable Ragweed that is also blooming right now, which I hate because I am highly allergic to it.  It’s simply not fair that my worst allergies come when it’s my favorite time of the year.

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The Goldenrod being in bloom is a sure sign of summer’s end, and I’m beginning to see little splashes of autumn color here and there.  Some of my Pineapple Sage’s leaves are turning purple…

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Ahhh so lovely!

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And the Crab Apple tree out on the boulevard is looking like autumn too, getting little tiny apples on it…

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Very pretty, but I wish they were edible, they’re only the ornamental type.

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In the vegetable garden…

 I’ve got tons of yellow bell peppers growing.  Although, I doubt they’ll have the chance to fully turn yellow before the frost comes.  But that’s okay, I’ll eat them green.  😀

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And speaking of green, there is just one small cluster of green tomatoes remaining on the vine…

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I’m not sure if these will have the chance to turn red before the cold weather comes either, but hopefully they will.

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I harvested my onions the other day and was a bit disappointed because they were so small.  I’m definitely going to have to find another way to grow onions for next year because growing them in a pot is not working out so well.

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I’m thankful for my little onions though, and I’m sure they’ll still taste good.

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Oh, but the strawberries in my little red pot… they’re getting a second wind and filled with oodles of blooms and tasty berries!

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Such a delight!  😀

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Also a delight is that my English Lavender is finally blooming!

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Better late than never!  Gosh, I love lavender soooo much, if only I could grow an entire field of it!    ♥

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Well, I guess that’s about it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by to read about what’s going on in and around my tiny garden.

Peace and love to you…

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~Gardening is my therapy~

Transformation

 

Color fading, light seeming dim

change transpiring from without and within.

Clinging to the familiar, hesitant to let go

afraid of the journey into the unknown.

Fear not precious one, take heart and have hope

wondrous transformation can often be found at the end of one’s rope.

© Julie Rehnelt 2013

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Summer Evening Nectar

I captured this lovely shot last evening while I was sitting out on the patio with my sister after a bike ride, and I really adore the way it turned out!  ♥

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This bumble was quite large, and right before I snapped that photo, it had just latched onto a grasshopper that was in its way and moved it around to the backside of the flower…

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It’s a one-legged grasshopper that I’ve been seeing hanging around the patio for the  past several days, and I just thought it was so amazing that the bee did that!

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While over on this other sunflower however, the big bumble wasn’t as pushy (probably because this particular sunflower is further developed and provided more feeding areas) and it was willing to share its summer evening meal of nectar with a honey bee…

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All sorts of different types of bees having been visiting my sunflowers (and I’ve really been enjoying watching them and trying to photograph them!)  Here is a shot I took a bit earlier in the day of an interesting looking bee with a green upper body and head…

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 How odd, I’ve never seen anything like it before!

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I have several more pictures that turned out quite nicely too, but I’ll spare you from looking at them all.  After all… how many photos of bees on sunflowers photos does one need to see?  😉

Well maybe just one more…

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I used my mom’s camera to take these shots as my sunflowers are like 10 feet tall and her camera has a better zoom than mine.  I’m really delighted by the way they all turned out, so I may need to see about using it more often, hopefully she won’t mind…

Goodbye Moon

It’s been said that people get weird during a full moon, but it’s when there’s a new moon that I get weird.  Yeah, yeah I know I’m pretty much already weird, but I mean aside from my usual weirdness.  😉  Well, I don’t actually get weird, but I sometimes seem to feel more emotionally and mentally unsettled during a new moon.  Of course, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but I can’t help but wonder sometimes if there could be something more to it.  Like maybe it could have something to do with less gravity during a new moon that somehow affects the inner workings of my brain.  Hah yeah, I have no scientific basis whatsoever in saying that, I just pulled it out of nowhere.  See… signs that those inner workings are going haywire perhaps?  😉

Contrary to how I feel when there’s a new moon, during a full moon I always feel absolutely amazing and not weird at all ~ no more than usual that is.  😀  I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I just really have a “thing” for the moon, all glowing and luminous, adorning the night sky, I love it!  ♥

And I will miss it tonight being that it’s a new moon and won’t be shining down upon me…

Although it’s no substitution for the actual moon, I recently received a lovely photograph of the moon that a friend of mine captured and had framed for me for my birthday.  So now no matter what phase the moon is in, I have it to look at anytime and feel happy.   She said that I was the inspiration behind it and that’s why she had it framed for me.  Such a wonderful, meaningful gift!  And such a dear, precious friend!  ♥

Below is the photo that she had framed for me (used with her permission), I edited it to add the quote at the bottom.  I didn’t write the quote and I don’t know where it originates from, but I think it’s a lovely sentiment and goes perfectly with the photograph…

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Ah the moon…  Just beautiful isn’t it?  *Sigh*

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Goodbye for tonight, moon…

Here is an earlier post (from one year ago, almost to the day) where I shared a bit more in depth about the “thing” I have for the moon, if you care to have a read.  Funny, the title is exactly the opposite as today’s…  “Hi Moon!”

Autumn in the Air

There’s a hint of autumn in the air this morning and it gives me such a cozy feeling.  I’m sitting here with a warm cup of coffee and my cat grooming herself beside me on the couch in my room, debating whether or not to light a candle to add to the mood.  Vanilla or spice scented would be nice, I think.

The sky is a bit cloudier than I would prefer, but the sun is forecast to come out later, and you know I’ll be out there soaking it up once it does.  😀   As much of a fan of summer that I am, enjoying all things growing and alive, I love autumn more than any other season.  Oh how adore it!  ♥  All of my senses come alive and I’m filled with such awe and gratitude.

Of course, I’m sure there’s still quite a bit of warm summer temps in store for us here (well maybe not ~ with how strange the weather has been this year, it could snow tomorrow, it better not!),  but I am enjoying this cooler weather today, and I can’t wait for autumn!

For it means…

Warm cozy bonfires…

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A brilliant kaleidoscope of glorious colors…

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Festive apple orchards…

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And Renfest!

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Omygosh I can’t wait!

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I was emailing with a friend the other day and she mentioned how interesting it is how we “crave the changing of the seasons as they draw closer,” and it’s so true!

However…  I don’t think I ever really find myself quite “craving” winter.   Although I do enjoy the warm comfy clothes.  😉