Category Archives: Photography

September Morning

 

September morning forecast

Mostly bright and sunny

with a slight chance of cool and crisp

 

   © Julie Rehnelt 2017

Sounds like the perfect combination to me!  🌻

 

Wishing you beauty today and whatever the perfect combination is to you too…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Can’t Rush the Sunrise

“We cannot rush the sunrise
or pay to bring on the full moon.
Everything will happen when it’s supposed to happen.”

~ Iyanla Vanzant

 And do you know what was “supposed to happen” (and did happen) on the day I captured this beautiful sunrise?  The total solar eclipse.  🌚

It was absolutely glorious, and it happened all on its own without any coaxing or involvement on our part.

There’s a hidden metaphor in here somewhere, I know it!  😉

By the way, it’s almost a full moon, and we don’t have to pay anything to see it…

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Monday – or whatever day it may be when you “happen” to come across this.  ❤

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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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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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

Butterfly Whispers

Whisper softly to me darling

I want to hear your innermost thoughts  

to know the entirety of you

of all the passions hidden deep within

Come taste my sweet nectar

let it feed your thirsty soul

nurture your weary heart

so you can fly once again

Whisper softly to me darling

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction

 

Growing my own food and harvesting fresh veggies from my garden definitely gives me a great sense of satisfaction

And a deep sense of gratitude as well.

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC – satisfaction