It's A Beautiful Day - [my birthday]



It's A Beautiful Day





Don't Let It Get Away


It's My Birthday

Just two weeks shy of winter and today was a glorious 27c..
The sun was shining.. the birds singing and the kitty kats chasing imaginary butterflies..
... heck so was I ...

... THEN ...

.. the sky changed colour...

.. and the sun took on an eerie glow ..

The fire brigade decided to back-burn and Sydney was suddenly covered with a smokey haze...
.. of course people complained ..

But hey not me.. it's my birthday..
And the strange hazy glow allowed me to get these shots
Looking directly into the sun..

So I Say

It's a Beautiful Day

ps.. tomorrow we are back to chilly 19c .. so thank you mother nature for my fine birthday gift!!
still no photoshop.. so alterations compliments of iphoto and MAC in the box!!
image #2 is not altered.. this was the actual colour of the sky today!
... weird ...

Julie b


IMAGE SOURCE: ALL Photography, text and photo editing by me - [Being Ruby]



Ange said...

Julie from the bottom of my spirulina smoothie may I take this chance to say HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY (x 10 000, 000,000,000,000,000,000 and more) Birthday. Wish I had've known earlier! But it's never too late anyway.
Much love and mayall your days be filled with BLUE SKIES


Jg. for FatScribe said...

Julie -- your efforts on your blog are so skilled and inspiring to those of us who sit/stand/stir in amazement at truly talented bloggers like yourself. you've earned a terrific birthday drink (coffee, wine, or otherwise) and the company of good friends...may you find both to be up to your high standards! Happy B-Day from the other side of the equator and seasonal calendar! ;)

nerines said...

Mother Nature is obviously really fond of you :) Happy Birthday! I'm glad you were given the opportunity to get some really great shots and we bloggers a place to view them! xo

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you dear Julie, I have feeling you'll be flooded with birthday messages today since you kindle special feelings in all our blogger hearts.
One day I hope we'll share a slice of cake together.

Floss said...

Wow - incredible skies! Happy Birthday to you - I came over from Ange's blog to meet you.

Jane said...

Happy Happy Birthday big kisses from me.... xoxo Lovely orange sky too... don't you love that backburning.

Andrea said...

Happy Beautiful Birthday Julie! {Ange sent me!}
Yet here I am feeling it's mine because of finding this beautiful, inspirational blog of yours. Thank you...
I wish for you more, and more, beauty to share in the coming year.

Jayne said...

Hello! Came over from Signed by Ange as well! Your photographs and sentiment are lovely - happy, happy birthday! :)

Berta F said...

My Dear Ruby....I Wish you.....A VERY HAPPY DAY ..and many presents for you..... Kiss Berta

Lise said...

Happy Birthday. I just love your images so simple but so amazing. You are very talented and inspirational!

Francine Gardner said...

Joyeux Annivesaire!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY .. your surreal images of the sky is your gift to us.. Enjoy the day to its is all about you today.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Happy Birthday dearest Julie!
I hope that today is full of fun and that the coming year brings good health,joy and lots of love. I so wish I were with you to celebrate...maybe someday. Your talents are unbelievable but it is your spirit that makes you such a special friend.
Much love,

desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie!!!
Happy birthday to you.It's really a beautiful day we all wish you a very happy day.
Big hugs,

Kerry said...

Ange sent me over to say Happy Birthday...and imagine my surprise when I find you're an Aussie. How'd I miss that! Hope you had a great day.

The House That A-M Built said...

Oh Happy Birthday you sweet thing. I hope you have had a magical day. Beautiful images from a beautiful girl. A-M xx

Geisslein said...

Oh, your birthday is in may too? mine too ;o)
Wish you a VERY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy YOUR day, have a lovely day, have a perfect day!
Greetings from cloudy and cool germany, geisslein!

rjerdee said...

Happy, happy birthday, dear Julie. May your skies be filled with beautiful things...always! So glad you were born into this world so we can watch you light it up with your talent and originality.
Hugs from the other side,

Anonymous said...

Happ birthday Julie! I hope it was a completely fabulous one for you... Beautiful shots too, it's so rare to get those of the sun, so very special display, just for your day!
:) Flick

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Happy happy birthday Julie. Ange certainly knows how to give good blogging directions. Those images are amazing - must have been a beautiful day.

simon said...

Many, many, many happy returns for the day Julie! Yes there are fires up here in the Blue Mountains.. but heck.. what's life in Sydney without some little drama??

Eeek? that makes you Taurus??

Underneath their cool, calm and collected exterior, Taureans differ greatly from all the other signs of the zodiac. Taureans manage to discreetly stay apart from the crowd, even though they have a well-earned reputation for being socialisers. They will let others get close, but only so close as they want them. Some claim that trying to get your point across to a Taurean, should they not want to hear you, is rather similar to talking to the trees – they simply won't budge. And, there is no such thing as an open-book Taurean. Their feelings, fears and desires often run far deeper than anyone around them would guess. Like the butterfly that chooses to remain hidden in its cocoon until it is ready and prepared to emerge, so the true Taurean spirit remains hidden behind a veneer of day-to-day activities.

Happy birthday!!

Porchlight Interiors said...

happy birthday Julie, hope you had a great day. Gorgeous pictures

Brabourne Farm said...

Hi Julie

Wishing the very happiest of birthdays - hope your day was fabulous and filled with lots of lovely things! Leigh

Mise said...

Happy birthday, dear Julie! I hope you have a year full of imaginary butterflies and your skies are always this beautiful. I'm just starting on your Emergency Surprise Cake.

Jeanne Henriques said...

Julie..Hallelujah and bless the heavens above!

We have you in our blogging world and we get to send you big, wonderful birthday wishes!

If I could blow a hundred balloons across the sky in one big wonderful bow they would be all the colours of the rainbow with a big bright yellow ribbon for the special woman that you are.

The sunshines on all of us when we visit your blog and see what you have created for us.

Lucky are we indeed....and with that I am sending you a big hug and best wishes for a fabulous day...or evening :)

Jeanne xoxo

PS..I know I have probably embarrassed you by now...but hey, it is your birthday!

1 Funky Woman said...

Oh Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Person! Here's to many more! I"m toasting you with my coffee, a little too early for a cocktail! Enjoy!

Shellbelle said...

Happy Birthday dear, sweet friend! It's always a beautiful day when I get to drop in for a visit and see even more of your fab photos.

The color in #2 is amazing, the sky can be so wonderous, what glory we find when we look upward.

Julie, have an incredible day, I'll have a slice of cake in your honor (and I want to thank you for that!). Chocolate?

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful shots!

Happy Birthday!

julietk said...

Happy Birthday :-) wonderful sky pics.

Luiza said...

Happy birthday, Julie!
I wish I knew earlier, but never mind.

Seems you had a perfect day. The sun and the heat, came just for you!

Have a wonderful day all day long!!!

Dash said...

Julie, 'Happy Birthday', I hope you had a lovely one, so glad the sun came out for you. May all your wishes and dreams come true.

Caterina Giglio said...

happy birthday! came by way of Ange!

mimi charmante said...

wishing you a magical year filled with endless laughter, sun-filled days, and lots and lots of butterflies~
much love to you,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

thank you thank you everyone for your lovely birthday wishes
you guys make my day!!!
xxx Julie

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Julie being Ruby
Happy Birthday to you!!!

I hope you did indeed have a beautiful day Julie...treasure every moment...especially on your special day...Love, Dzintra♥x

alice said...

A big HAPPY B_DAY to you! What a wonderful day for you. YEA. I hope your day was filled with the "mostest" of all your wishes. You are such a creative and beautiful shows all the way thru blogland.

Anonymous said...

Happiest of Happy Birthdays to you, sweet Julie!!! :)

Princesa Nadie said...

¡Feliz Cumpleaños¡...Happy birthday¡
I wish you a very happy day with all your dreams being real today.
Fantastic sky.LOVE

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Birthday, Julie!! Your pictures are incredible as always. So happy you had a sunny day!! :-)


oldgreymare said...

Sorry I'm so late to the Birthday Party. I would have stood in line for hours to be the first to wish you a glorious Birthday.

I hope it was as wonderful as you are dear friend.


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

My dear friend Julie,
Oh how I wish I had known. You kept that quiet and under your hat !! Not like me....telling everyone way before the day !! haha.
Anyway, dear Julie, I wish you the best of days with love and laughter..... and, lots of creamy cakes ! Have a wonderful day and enjoy every minute. Lots of love to you from me !!!! XXXX

vicki archer said...

I wish you a very happy Birthday Julie...Thank you for all the beautiful images you show us, they are magical. xv

erin's art and gardens said...

Julie...the hap, hap, happiest birthday to you, my dearest!!
much love,
p.s. you really should not look directly into the sun, but i suppose those shades you wear help.

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hey There Julie Girl,

A Happy Birthday to ya!

Thank you for the glorious images -which always make my day.



Giulia said...

Buon compleanno, bella! GG & I are singing your birthday in several languages today (OK, I am, she's meowselinjg--kind of a cat yodel thing.) See ya in email, May baby.


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Happy, happy birthday, my dear -the sun is with you!!!

Julie B. [Holland] said...

Julie, first and foremost HAPPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Im glad I got to send you my wishes I leave Wednesday for a few weeks back in the states to visit family.
Cant wait! Second of all, Ive wanted to share this with you for a while but kept forgetting, have you ever seen the movie DANGEROUS BEAUTY....its set in Venice in the 1500's with Catherine McCormack, she is the wife of Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Its a beautiful love story with wonderful music and wonderful canals and costumes. Oh yea and its a true story of Veronica Franco ,poet.I can't tell you how many times Ive watched it. Well, if you havent seen it already its a good watch. Again my warmest
best wishes for your birthday ! ENJOY!!!
the "other" Julie in Holland xo ;)

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous photos for a gorgeous you! Happy Birthday sweetie! I hope today and everyday brings you love, happiness, inspiration, beautiful photographs, and perfect focus!

e said...

A day after my mum's, that'll be easy to remember in future...ahem. ;) I hope you're having...or have had...a splendiferous birthday, dear Julie! The world's a better place because you're in it, lassie, and that's why we're celebrating this day with you. Your pics are fab! Don't worry about PS, try GIMP, it's just as good as PS. Then i can call you my GIMPY Sister! :D Sending loads of hugs and big birthday wishes. Lizzy xx

A Refocused Life said...

I had to stand (sit) in a long line to get my chance to say Happy Birthday, but I would have camped out all night had it been necessary. You are a very special blogger! Your words and work have inspired, encouraged, entertained, and delighted - I can't imagine a blog-world without your gifts and talents. Celebrate in grand style! Rita

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

HappY Birth Day! Julie Im sorry for being late. Hope you have a great special day...Julian

Sue said...

Happy Birthday sweet friend! I'm glad you had warmer temps and beautifully unusual skies to greet your day. I hope you celebrated how wonderful you are!

Don said...

Very dreamy images! Happy Birthday Julie!!

Deb said...

Beautiful photos!
Happy Birthday Julie.

Beatnheart said...

Touch me, take me to a higher place. Teach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case.... Happy, Happy Birthday dear friend and many, many more!!!

Beach House Living said...

Happy Birthday! Beautiful photos once again.

Angie Muresan said...

Hey beautiful and sweet Julie, I was wondering when your special day would be, and here it is. Happiest of happy birthdays to you! Hope you have the biggest, baddest slice of cake, and a year filled with enchantment and good fortune. Love, hugs and kisses to you!

ceecee said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I do hope it was a good one and that you had lots of cake.
It's hard to imagine that it could be almost winter anywhere when it was sweltering here today. Wishing you a happy week,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Julie [in Holland]
Thank you sweet friend for your birthday wishes and I hope you have a fabulous holiday... Thanks also for the movie recommendation.. I think I may have seen this one. but am going to check it out again.. can never get too much Venice.. right??? hahaha.. thanks again.. xxx Julie [in Australia]

the old boathouse said...

Hey birthdy girl, bloody computer is going slow again but have been sitting here waiting for it to load so I can send you a now belated birthday wishe...many happy returns my dear..ahh 21 again.. haha, fantastic pics you shoud do skywatch friday cheers Katherine

Bree Oliver said...

Happy birthday. Yes it was a beautiful day I thought the sky had quite a lovely haunting glow about it.

Julie@beingRUBY said...
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Millie said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! You are one in a million. May this coming year bring you much happiness & lots of exciting new opportunities!
Love from Millie xx (currently swanning, oops working in glorious Darwin & trying to blog on her pedal powered work laptop!)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday from a fellow sydneyite (I came over from Ange's blog)

PeterParis said...

A bit late, but Happy Birthday anyhow! ... and let the sun shine (at least virtually) on all days!

Anonymous said...

Today is yesterdays future.
Tomorrow is todays history.

My Birds Blog

Tish Jett said...

Oh, dearest Julie, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late. BUT happy, happy birthday.

How thrilling that we're both Taurus(es). I hope your day was perfect in every way.

You give us the most beautiful gifts with every word and every photo you post.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday, dear Friend,
Happy Birthday to you!

And Many More!!

Les Cotrions said...

Buon compleanno Julie!!!!!! Oh I'm probably late, but I was at work all day long!!! Mother nature has been generous with you because you truly deserve it! Hope you had a great day!
Big hugs!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

HAPPY birthday sunshine!
as if its still warmer there than here... we are at like 10-12c this week
great photos as usual
hope you had a great day
~pooch xx

Elaine said...

Happy Belated Birthday! How nice of the weather to cooperate for your special day. Hope you did lots of fun things and you brought your camera with you.

Lee said...

Hi Julie, just wanted to wish you a happy, happy, happy birthday to one of my favourite bloggers (and photographers) - hope you had a wonderful day, despite the haze. Lee xx

Susie said...

Dearest Julie - sorry I am so late in sending you birthday wishes - hope you had a wonderful day filled with all good things and wishing you a year ahead filled with health & happiness, love susie x


Oh, happy birthday to you! Such beautiful images for a glorious day. ~ Angela

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Hi Dearest Julie ~

Looks like I'm a bit late for the big date of Y-O-U! Happiest of happy belated birthday wishes to you...may the sun always shine upon your world and love surround your heart and soul!

Splendid Willow said...

YOU are beautiful! Happy, happy (belated) birthday, dear Julie. The world loves you.

A warm, gigantic hug all the way from Seattle.


Charlotta Ward said...

Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! A fellow Taurean - how wonderful!! :)

I hope you had a fantastic day. Did you do something special or did you sit back and let loved ones spoil you rotten?

Mine was fantastic. As you know, we were in Shoal Bay. Woke up early to song, breakfast and pressies. Then out and about all day, including face to face encounter with wild dolphins whilst snorkeling and later fresh-off-the-trauler fish for lunch. The perfect day really!

Lots of love

xx Charlotta

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Hi Julie! Now I know why it's so important to check my favorite blogs daily! Happy Birthday Julie! I hope your day was the best and from the looks of it it was. I love all your sky photos; as you know clouds are one of my favorite things to photograph.
Take Care, Jennifer:)
ps- thanks for not laughing at my post!:)

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Rumour has it said...

Fantastic pictures of our beautiful nature. Thanks to the Lord that He created such beauty... and you know exactly how to capture it in your photography!
Many greetings, Marjolijn

Ps. found your blog through Home-Biba-blog

Ella said...

Belated Birthday Wishes! I know it was a
Beautiful day; your photos prove that! I hope you had a wonderful, magical day~

Lou said...

Wow your photography is just awesome! And a happy belated birthday!
Lou xx