:To The Moon Alice: June 2010 [Eclipse]

Expect the unexpected
Under the influence of a partial eclipse!

For it was the unexpected that found me last night. After driving all over the southern beach suburbs of Sydney trying to capture La Bella Luna ... I made my way back home and stopped by the bay for one last attempt ... and ... happened to be kissed by a stranger!!! Yes Sir!. Well actually not a Sir.. but an elderly lady.. She and her friend had been taking in the beauty of an afternoon by the bay and had managed to lose their husbands...

It was quite dark by then and a damp chill was settling in.. So doing what most people might do.. I offered to drive them around the water front to see if we could find both their husbands, and their car. By the time I unloaded the packing boxes out of the back seat .. those naughty escapee husbands materialized ... I greeted the ladies goodbye, happy that all had ended well.. but before we parted, I was given the gift of gratitude.. A hug and a kiss by an elderly lady I had only just met... and these parting words ..

... 'What a beautiful country ... What a wonderful world' ...
Sweet Yes!!!

I think she was overwhelmed with relief to have found her husband.. and surprised at the generosity of a stranger.. In reality it was such a small offer of help, but it brought a world of happiness to a tourist .. And a moon chaser!

.. La Bella Luna did herself proud last night..
The old showgirl was back.. kicking up her heels and playing costume changes in the earth's shadow,
then casting her night light upon us all..
Thank You La Bella Luna

The Full Moon shots were taken in various locations during my Moon Chase..
The Eclipse shots were taken the standard Ruby way.. hanging off the side of the balcony..
I wonder what will happen next month in the villa!! The roof ???..

Julie b

Production Notes: 
Another Ruby Time Production.. Special appearance by Ms Hepburn by request of Bella Luna

Photography, text and altered images by me - [Being Ruby]
Sydney - 2010


Jeanne Henriques said...

Your moon chases are wonderful Julie...I love your names..Honey Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon and Ruby Moon. I think Julie Moon has a nice ring to it too! I don't know what it is about Australia...but there is nothing like a full moon over Sydney..the best ever in my books!

Photos are all so so wonderful Julie Moon....


Shane Pollard said...

Oooh Julie

I LOVE this post. You have put so much SOUL into it.
What is it about the moon that gets us all goose pimply, thats what happened to me as I read it.

Your photography is STUNNING!

You Mum would be thrilled that you were so KIND to a dear little old lady!!

Please come and visit me...

oldgreymare said...

I don't know why each time I try to select a favorite, but I do. This time it is impossible.

I have scrolled up and down, down and up....and there is no one favorite, not one Bella Luna that shines above the rest for me, they all shine so beautifully.

I cannot imagine you are a stranger to anyone you meet; for anyone you meet would call you friend.


and yes it is 3:42 am..... sleeplessness continues..perhaps it's the moon alice?

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Ah Julie...those inky blue watery photos are mesmerizing! Thank you for sharing them with us and thanks too for being that kind of generous person in our world who stops to help a stranger...this is why we love you!

rjerdee said...

Yes, that's why we love you! You are incredibly kind, generous, and sweet and I'd expect nothing less of you than to comfort those moon ladies with your offer of help.

However do you manage to take and make these GORGEOUS moon shots? It boggles the mind! Thanks for sending us the Strawberry moon version...I will think of your moon shots when I look at the moon tonight and WISH upon it...that I could capture a moon image of my own with my limited little camera :)

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous - both your photos and your own sweet self for helping a stranger in need! I loved every thing about this post. It sums up Being Julie beautifully - lovely inside and out!

erin's art and gardens said...

such a lovely story and your images are ,of course, spectacular! i especially love the third one down...looks like sparkly stars surrounding the moon. "playing costume changes in the earths shadow, then casting her night light upon us." PURE POETRY!! i had forgotten it was full moon time...no wonder i feel like howling.
hope the packing is going smoothly,

Princesa Nadie said...

Pretty history...really there are good people in the world and you are one of them.
Beautiful images...Moon is marvelous and magic

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I can just imagine you hanging off the side of your balcony..yikes! But glad you did because your photos never, ever disappoint. I love them all Julie & cannot wait to see the images you get off your new roof top.
It makes the heart proud to be able to do a simple act of kindness & it means so much to someone. Nothing feels better. You are a good woman J.

Happy bday to Roberta. Glad to know that June is in the sign of the Capricorn. For us Capricorns I'm hoping that was a good thing?!!

Hugs to you my friend & keep well. xx

Beatnheart said...

seriously Julie!! You have outdone even yourself in this post. Such glorious shots and what you did with them afterwards...Inspired! Your words also are so magical...La Luna indeed...Thank you for being you Julie...My hero(ine)

desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
You are a generous and nice person, it does not fit doubt. Your images of the eclipse are very beautiful and I am grateful to you that you share with us,

June said...

Julie your shots are beautiful!!!!!! And this is why I keep coming back...what a aweet story too. A kiss to cherish. A memory to tuck away. For both of you!

mia said...

Julie, stunning photos! Thanks for sharing them, and thank-you for being such a kind person!

Ann said...

Just wonderful!
And dreamy and romantic and creative!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Ooooh! I love all your shots of the moon Julie! The one with the different moons in it is really nice! You are so sweet to help the grateful tourists. I imagine they were a little worried to be lost in a different country, I know I would be! I missed the eclipse! Thank you for capturing it for us! Jennifer:)

myletterstoemily said...

oh boy, what a moon! nobody does moons like

such a cute story and sweet quote.


It's me said...

These pictures are amazing !!!!!!!

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nerines said...

Oh Julie you sweet thing xo. Thankyou for helping to make the world a more beautiful and wonderful place :). I really love all the moon picture's. xo

Lee said...

Julie (my favourite moon chaser & helper of old ladies) - I enjoyed the partial eclipse too & just knew that you'd post the most beautiful images of it. Lee :)

Giulia said...

Lovely, as always. I didn't know there was to be anything heavenly happening. Was lying on my back with the curtains completely pulled down so that I could see the lovely moon from while lying down (big windows, they are). And then, what's this? An eclipse? So there you are...just when you think nothing exciting is happening...ta da.

And of course, you rescue tourists. So do I (here on the other side of the world). I would expect nothing less of you, Miss Julie. I figure that I've been rescued and/or helped so many times around the world, that it's my duty. It nearly always ends up being so much more than just that. I've friends I made (for many years now) while on rescue missions. Just think, they're telling everyone they know about this lovely Australian woman who helped them. And then those people will tell their friends & family, & so on. xoxoxo to you.

Lise said...

Julie, I love the moon through the trees, really beautiful just like you!! How nice of you to help some ladies in need. The universe will pay you kindly for such a warm heart. Lise xx

Dirty Dolly Design said...

You are goreous!

Susie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos Julie - we have been so enjoying the beautiful light and marvelling at the thought it's the same old moon lighting up the sky down under! What a kind and thoughtful girl you are - bet that lady will be singing your praises for a long while....x

Les Cotrions said...

These photos of the moon are amazing Julie!!!! Moon makes me dreams!!!
About your question...I put the seating in a plastic bag when it rains...Summers are very hot here...I hope it won't rain so much!!!!
Happy new week!

Mise said...

I always knew what a kind person you are, Julie, and I cleaned my screen especially to see these images at their very best, so you are not only kind but a catalyst for clean screens in Western Europe. Where to possibly go from there?

The Moerks said...

Wow, those images just blow me away, and the tale that goes with them. There truly is wonder and goodness in the world.

Beatnheart said...

thanks for taking the time out and visiting me and leaving such a lovely and thought provoking comment....all the best dear friend.

Anonymous said...

OK, now your just showing off.
Your writing skills are just as transporting as your photography.
I hope your happy now, you have made us all shed a tear.
X David

Pooch Purple Reign said...

awesome moon shots ruby! i tried to get some saturday night..... it was a GORGEOUS moon here ( altho some people went berzerk in toronto apparently )... G20 protesters
anyway, not much luck with a pic for me this time.
maybe next month...
~pooch x

Carole said...

It doesn't surprise me a bit that you would help these little ladies....you have a big heart as big as that moon. You do get back more then you give out....well most times:))
I guess I missed the eclipse but happy to hear you enjoyed the view!

beachvintage.com said...

Hi Julie, the moon has been keeping me up all night lately. It is like a huge streetlight out front. I love it though.

Charlotta Ward said...

The country more beautiful and the world more wonderful with you in it dear friend!
Your posts always reach the core of my heart and I LOVE your pictures of la bella luna!
I would love one of them on my wall and that is saying a lot because as you know my dear huz is a fabulous photographer and I am utterly spoiled with great shots of the stunning world we live in.

Big hugs to you and thanks for the ups on the party. Will read on and hopefully be able to make it.

xx Charlotta

Renée Finberg said...


your posts are amazing.
this is truly beautiful.

the moon through the trees ....!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Lovely story, Julie! And stunning, stunning pictures. I feel so blessed to see the moon every night..., except of course when hidden behind clouds. Hope you won't be hanging from the roof taking the shots at the villa, haha.

Don said...

These photos are stunning! You are delightful!

Ella said...

The wonderful moon evokes n' eludes us! I love how it affects so many. I think it's gravitational pull, lures us, makes us swoon.

Your photos are awe inspiring and stunning!!!
Love this post~

Ange said...

I MISSED the ECLIPSE??? Bugger - I spent ages watching that lovely Ruby moon and I was hoping to catch a glimpse of you hanging off your balcony in her reflection. I must've been watching when you were getting the packing boxes out of the back seat of the car.
Julie - that elderly lady stated what we all know about you - you are such a treasure!!
Now I'm off to check out your friend's blog! Anyone who inspires change is worth supporting in my books ;-)

Berta F said...

Dear Julie...your photos of the moon...en the eclipse are wonderful....¡¡¡¡ BELLISIMAS photos...¡¡¡¡¡ My prefer song is BLUE MOON.....it is so romantic.....¡¡¡¡¡ Un abrazo Berta

Unknown said...

Recently became a new follower and so glad I found your inspirational blog (: I look forward to coming back for future posts!

So lovely...there's something about the moon that draws me in to a place where time stands still (:


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Julie you've done it again...simply stunning!!! I remember that song from the dim darks...now just singin' it LOL!!! And good on you for helping those tourists...I bet you made their day which they'll remember for a long time...Dzintra♥x

A Refocused Life said...

Wonderful post. I love the images.

It feels so good to help another person...I love that little swell that comes in your heart when you realize you committed a random act of kindness. It makes me feel so blessed that I had the means and the giving heart that allowed me to take advantage of an opportunity to help.

Unknown said...

so first I have wanted to go to Australia since I was in 3rd grade,, then when I was a student teacher my cooperating teacher went and came back with amazing pictures and then when I was teaching Kindergarten I had a pen pal with another class in Australia... and I still really really want to go... So now I love ella's edges and I talk to her almost daily via email.. and she nominated you for an award and so I came to check you out.. to find out you took pictures of LUNA and I have been trying all week... I did not use a tripod... so that was my first mistake... NOW please give me some tips... LOL I love what you captured...
1 wasabi mommy Lisa


Julie, I am over the Filigree Moon with these mesmerizing images! Very thoughtful prose too! Thank you for your comments at my studio post. I know it's been a while...I am catching up on blogland happenings. Best wishes to you in your move! ~ Angela