Monthly Archives: August 2017

Day Turns to Night

 

In awe and wonder 

I stand there amazed 

gazing upward

with tears streaming down my face

 there are no words to describe what I’m feeling 

as I witness this spectacle

moon in all its lunar glory

eclipses the blazing sun

and day turns to night

 

for 2:40 incredible minutes 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

Omygosh you guys, the total solar eclipse was THE most extraordinary thing I’ve ever witnessed!  I traveled 723.6 miles and suffered through 100+ degree temps to see it in totality, and it was “totality” worth it!

The above photo was taken with my phone during totality from a several hundred acre open-land area located within the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois where I traveled to see the eclipse.  I couldn’t capture a shot of the actual eclipse with my phone because all that showed up on it was a bright fuzzy orb – which was NOT what the eclipse looked like at all, so I gave up and just soaked in the brief, but spectacular moment.  It was absolutely breathtaking, such a freaking amazing thing to see, truly!  I could barely take my eyes off of it to snap a few pictures, I was transfixed.  And the atmosphere was so eerie and magical.  It turned dark, like dusk, but not, it’s hard to describe the odd lighting, the photo doesn’t even show it true, and the crickets started chirping.  The temperature dropped significantly, it felt more like 80 than 100, which was such a relief – that heat was almost unbearable, I was literally melting into a sweaty puddle on the ground, but it was sooo worth it.

Just for the sake of providing a bit of contrast – here is a shot of that same field shortly before the eclipse began..

It truly was as if day turned to night.  I can’t stop saying just how amazing it was.  I will never forget it…

 

May beautiful, incredible, unforgettable experiences come your way too…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Happiness is a Butterfly

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

 ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Two butterflies of happiness that “alighted upon” my granddaughter and daughter when we were at the butterfly house a couple of weeks ago.  🦋

I’m not sure if any actual butterflies landed on me or not, but happiness surely alighted upon me in spending this time with my precious girls.  💞

 

May happiness alight upon all of you today…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mandala Monday – Soul Sisters

A set of heart shaped mandalas I painted in purples to represent myself and a treasured friend of mine…

 

I haven’t had much time for painting this past week because there’s been so much going on in my world.  And this week is sure to bring much of the same, as my “Soul Sister” is coming up to visit me from Arkansas.  But maybe we can do a bit of painting together while she’s here.  💜

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week!  😊

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

Interesting and beautiful textures of a butterfly cocoon and the tree bark it’s attached to…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC: Textures