Mandala Monday ~ Kaleidoscope

This week’s mandala sort of reminds me of a kaleidoscope.  And that brings to mind the words of a poem I wrote some time ago…


Autumn leaves, colors so bright

a feast for the eyes, such a wondrous sight

Shades of crimson, rust, and amber

a brilliant kaleidoscope of nature’s splendor

© Julie Rehnelt 2012


Except the colors mentioned in that old poem don’t quite match because they don’t include yellow or gold and this autumn ‘kaleidoscope’ has lots of yellow and gold in it.  Oh well.  🙃


Here are a couple photos I snapped during this mandala’s progress…

Have I mentioned lately how satisfying, enjoyable, and enriching this practice of creating nature mandalas with autumn leaves is?  Of course I have.  😉

And I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last, as fall is nearly at an end here now.  I’ve tried to preserve some of the leaves I’ve gathered this fall, but I don’t know how well they’ll keep.  But I’m sure I can rely on nature to provide other beauties to create with if this urge to make mandalas continues.


Wishing you beauty and creativity in this coming week…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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24 responses to “Mandala Monday ~ Kaleidoscope

  1. I think the poem and mandala are a wonderful match! And I’m delighted that you’re having so much fun and sharing them with us. Happy Creating!

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  2. I’ve been loving your mandalas – so gorgeous!

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  3. Aside from their striking beauty, what I like about your mandalas is their fragility and impermanence. (I am assuming that you leave them there on the ground to be discovered by others before a breeze or other natural influence disarranges them back into the apparently–to our eyes– formless matter of much of creation.)

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    • Thank you, Albert. Their impermanence is definitely a real thing – all it takes is a gust of wind (and fall is typically quite windy). 😉 I have created several mandalas on the grounds of where I gathered the leaves, pine cones etc.and left them there for passersby to discover (and hopefully enjoy), but the ones I’ve shared here have mostly been gathered and then created in my own garden area at home. I do leave them assembled overnight and find that the acorns and other edibles have disappeared and that the leaves have scattered, but I’ll eventually gather what remains and use them again. 🙂

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  4. Such beautiful colours making a lovely mandala. 🙂

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  5. Your mandalas are so pretty. I love allowing my mind to wander while gazing into them. ❤

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  6. Beautiful. Yes, nature will provide that for you 😊

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  7. Well it’s just lovely while it lasts! Then it will be on to ice crystals 🙂

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  8. These are so pretty, Julie. It seems a shame that you could not market these as framed works or note cards or something! You have talent, my friend.

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    • Thank you so much, Lois. Many people have mentioned that to me, and it’s possible that a time may come when I try enlarging some of the pictures I’ve taken of them and then frame them – I would love having them hanging in my own home, so perhaps others would like to as well? The only concern I would have about selling them is that it would take away from the sheer joy and free flow of creating them, but I’m definitely open to giving it a go. 🙂 Thanks, Lois! ❤


  9. The first photo posted – the outer (oak?) leaves remind me of hands! So wonderful.

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