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Spring Flower Show

 

Vibrant colors

red, orange and yellow

a refreshing feast for the eyes

for the winter-wearied heart

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

I recently attended the 2019 Spring Flower Show at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory that is located near my house.  I try to make it to Como as often as I can, it’s a wonderful place, and the conservatory is especially refreshing to visit during the long winter months here.  Those of you who have been with me for a while may recall numerous posts about this place over the years.  Sorry, not sorry, for the repetitiveness, but I LOVE it there!

This year’s Spring Flower Show was dominated by tulips and was all about the reds and yellows.  I don’t always fancy those two colors in combination, but it was working for me this time.  It was so beautiful and such delight to see those bright, vibrant colors when things are so drab and dreary outdoors here right now.  Although there’s still beauty that can be found even in those muted tones, I’m really ready for some color.  Not to mention, the smell in there was absolutely amazing!  Too bad there isn’t a scratch and sniff App…

Feast yours eyes…

😍

There was also a touch of white mingled in with the addition of gardenia…

 

They also have a Fern Room at Como…

As well as an Orchid Room…

And even a Koi pond…

And this is all only a fraction of the beauty there.  As I said…  it’s a wonderful place!  I’m so grateful to have it so nearby!

Thanks so much for letting me share it with you.  Wishing all of you a beautiful, brilliant day!

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Fresh and Bright

Fresh and bright

Spring blossoms bring cheer  

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

It was a bit of a rough start for me this week and fresh flowers were just what the doctor ordered!

Hey, wouldn’t it be great if doctors really did order you flowers?!  😉

 

Happy Spring!  I hope beauty and cheer are blossoming wherever you are today! 🌸

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Betwixt Winter and Spring

Sun-kissed evergreens

their boughs heavy laden with snow

shed tears of joy

as they bask under warm, golden rays

Sparkling droplets dangle like jewels

frozen

betwixt winter and spring 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Snowy Sunday

This morning I awoke, went downstairs to put on some coffee, and opened the front blinds to this…

Oooo so pretty!!!  Truly a winter wonderland!  It had rained last night before the snow began, so the snow had frozen to all the tree branches.  It was glorious!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty much feeling as done with winter as everyone else around here, and eager for spring to come, but it’s hard not to come alive with excitement when winter puts on such a magical show.  This photo doesn’t do justice to how lovely a scene it was.

Out every window was a beautiful sight.  Then I looked out my back door at this…

That’s when reality started sinking in… I was going to have to clear away all that snow.  And it was HEAVY!  But coffee first!  😉

As I was getting all bundled up to head outside, I decided not to get right to work.  I think that’s been my problem.  Well, not a “problem” so to speak, but I’ve been on “survival mode” all winter (I’ve kind of had to be) and haven’t taken as much time as I normally would to be out in it and just enjoy the beauty of it.  I do love the snow…

Usually I’m one of the first ones out there and my neighbor always comes out with his snowblower to snowblow his measly 5 feet of sidewalk just as I’m finishing up.  But this morning, he came out around the same time as me, and as I was digging out my car, he did this…

I live on a corner and the side of the house is the longest area of sidewalk for me to shovel.  I want to say it’s like 50 feet, but I’m not sure, I could be exaggerating a bit.  Anyways, this was a TREMENDOUS help to me, like oh my gosh you guys, I’m so grateful!  Thanks so much, Bill!

 

I need a snowblower…

 

After digging my car out and shoveling my driveway, I decided to take a little walk down the street before starting on the front sidewalk.  The sun was up and the clouds had parted to heavenly blue skies.  With the snow on all the tree branches it was so gorgeous…

 

For some reason, I just kept walking.  Probably because it was just so magical, everywhere I looked was absolutely beautiful.  I purposely kept my phone in my pocket, I knew I couldn’t truly capture the beauty I was seeing anyway, and I just wanted to savor it.  Eventually, I got to the river and came upon an old train bridge and took out my phone to snap a picture…

I used to jump from that bridge into the river as a kid.  What a dummy haha!  As I stood there enjoying the sight (and the childhood memories), a beautiful male cardinal came to serenade me.  His bright red feathers, a brilliant contrast against the snowy branches, his song such a delight to hear.  It felt like a gift just for me.  ❤

 

Going for this little walk was just what I needed on this snowy Sunday.  And it was much more fun than shoveling.  😉

 

Although, I do love “Limey” my little lime green shovel…

He’s gotten me through a lot this winter.  🙂

 

I’m off to run errands now with my Seester.  Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday, or whatever day it happens to be when you read this.  Wishing you beauty and joy!

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Icy Cold

Frozen fractals

nature’s gift of beauty

to get me through the winter

when it’s icy cold

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Beauty Still Shines

Frosty plumes dance on glass in a silent wintry ballet 

Shades of silver and gray fall softly on my eyes 

as I awake to a colorless morning without a sunrise

 

beauty still shines 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

Granted, it wasn’t quite this colorless this morning.   😉

Here’s the original…

I always like things better in color, but making it B&W seemed to go better with the poem.  I don’t know, what do you think?

 

But omygosh you guys, I’m so grateful for some winter beauty – winter has not been too kind to me here lately, and I’m so weary…

Between shoveling seemingly non-stop for weeks and ice dams and leaking roofs, I’m about done with winter.

But even in the midst of difficulties, there’s still so much to be grateful for.  And beauty still shines…

 

Wishing you beauty and light and things to be grateful for on this Monday!

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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