Welcome to Life Images by Jill

LIFE IMAGES BY JILL............."Stepping into the light" and bringing together the stories and images of our world........
Through my writing and photography I seek to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.


Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. I have a day job, but my passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography. For now my day job supports me until I can pursue my passions full time.
I am a member of South Side Quills in Bunbury, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia, Photography Group of Bunbury and the Western Australian Photographic Federation.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Flowers that bloom in the red rock of Mount Augustus, Western Australia

Regular readers of my blog will know that life has changed for me over the last couple of months in a way that was totally unexpected, and my blogging has been a little erratic.

In July we set off on a camping holiday into the Pilbara region of Western Australia. If you missed the last post back in August you can catch up by clicking here - Pilbara-camping-part-3

For those of you who have been waiting patiently out there in blogland for me to continue writing about our trip, thank you so much for being patient. As promised I'm back!

Mt Augustus or Burringurrah as it is know by the local Wadjari indigenous people, is the world's largest monolith, twice the size of central Australia's Uluru. Eight kilometres long, it rises 715 metres out of the red stony sand plain of arid shrubland.  The granite rock that lies beneath Mount Augustus is 1,650 million years old. If you are coming down from Tom Price as we did, the view above is what you can see from Yallowerie Hill Lookout only a few kilometres from Mt Augustus. The view was certainly impressive, but we didn't delay long looking at the view. We wanted to be down there within the view. 

And anyway a hot shower was waiting for us at the Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Park which is located just outside the boundary of the park and where we would be staying for the next few days.  How do you like our view? The pic below was taken at sunrise which accounts for the redness of Mt Augustus. We were amazed to see the expanse of grass and the shady trees in the caravan park.  There are powered sites, which we had, and unpowered sites a little further off in the shrub, where you can pick your own spot to set up.

After setting up, I hightailed it over to the showers - my goodness that hot shower and hair washing felt amazing after being several days without a hot shower. After lunch and some clothes washing we chatted to the camp hosts from the Department of Parks and Wildlife about the bush walking trails around Mt Augutus and then decided to go out to Goolinee (Cattle Pool) to do the easy Corella Trail walk along the river, and to watch the sunset from there as it had been recommended as great viewing. It sounded like a relaxing way to end our day.

Taking photos of wildflowers is always a major part of my travels. It is amazing that wildflowers can bloom in this hot arid rocky landscape where summer temperatures are well over 40 degrees Celsius.  

These pink flowers below are all members of the Mulla Mulla family. They are my favourite Pilbara wildflowers - when I see them I know I am in the Pilbara. Here they are flowering at the base of Mt Augustus.

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to Mt Augustus and a look at some of the local wildflowers.  I will be back next week when I will write about camping and bush walking in Mt Augustus National Park. But I can't leave without showing you that sunset view from Goolinee (Cattle Pool). What a wonderful way to end a hot and dusty day on the road. 

Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photos Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Travel Photo Thursday, and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Welcoming new beginnings

It has been an emotional six weeks. A time of great change with the passing of my darling father. I never imagined that this is where we would be when we went off travelling and exploring through the Pilbara in early July.  I keep going back over the last few weeks and trying to fathom how we got from there to here. I have felt that someone else has been in control of my life...it certainly wasn't me.  As John Lennon wisely said....."life is what happens while you are making other plans".

During this time my camera has been my solace and I have kept up my 365 Project as I work my way through what life has thrown my way.  Amazingly those wintery images are around the time of my Dad's passing.

Over the last week I have read two posts by fellow bloggers about change - Jo Castro on Lifestyle Fifty talked about relocating home - you can read her post here - 11 Reasons to Embrace Change and across the other side of the world Gayle at Behind the Garden Gate talked about her own new beginnings - you can read her post here - New beginnings at Behind the Garden Gate

I am not good at change or taking leaps of faith towards new beginnings but I do believe that things happen when they do for a reason and if they are meant to happen they will happen when they are meant to. 

And so I sat by my father's bedside, and held his hand, and kissed his forehead, and told him I loved him and that it was ok for him to go to be with Mum. I continued to talk to him even after he could no longer respond and didn't even open his eyes when I spoke. I believe he still knew I was there.
I now I have said goodbye to my darling Dad and in the process I have cried bucket loads.

I have just read this beautiful post by my blogging friend Rae - it really captures what it was like those last days of my Dad's life - Those waiting to die

But I know Dad is where he wanted to be, reunited with the love of his life, his wife, my Mum, who left us just over two years ago. 

In the process of packing up Mum and Dad's life I have found treasures like this recipe book in the bottom of my Mum's recipe book drawer. I made it in Kindergarten, years and years ago.  All the mothers supplied recipes, and each child made the cover for their own recipe book to give to their mother for Christmas. I didn't know my Mum had kept it all those years. This recipe for Perth Sponge is one of the ones she submitted. I will have to make it.

And an old wooden jigsaw which was given to my Dad at Christmas 1937 when he was eight years old. It is a picture of the ship the Queen Mary in Trafalgar Square. This first jigsaw puzzle was the beginning of a life long passion for my Dad.  So I sat down and made the puzzle the other day. There is one piece missing. A metaphor for life perhaps as one dear friend said to me. I still have the first jigsaw puzzle my Dad gave me, and remember clearly climbing up onto his bed at my grandmother's house on Christmas morning to make it. I was probably about five at the time.

As I sift through the fragments of their lives and hold again rediscovered treasures and find special places in my own home for these memories, the raindrops fall, but now they have a silvery sparkle. 

And little by little I am starting to bring the sunshine back in.

I know they say you shouldn't go back over the past, but in doing so over these last few weeks I have found peace and a way forward. And I am tentatively saying "hello to new beginnings" as I move towards my future.

 Do you adapt to change? Do you have mechanisms to cope with it or do you embrace it full on?
Have you recently lost a loved one? -  my heart goes out to you if you have. I never realized what an impact loosing my Dad would have on me.

Thank you dear readers for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week. 

I hope to be back very soon with the continuation of our Pilbara trip, as promised. 

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and What's It Wednesday.  Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Life in pictures - June-July-August

 I would have never imagined at the beginning of June how life has changed in only a few months. It certainly has had highs and lows. As my 365 Project reflects - one photo a day every day.  The project has sometimes been a challenge to take a photo every day. Sometimes it is easy, sometimes my shots are planned, but often they are just a quick snapshot or a random shot on my way home from work!  But my friend has just wisely said to me -
Random shots of a moment in your life where every minute is as special as any other - nothing wrong with that!

At the end of the year it will be interesting to look back over my year in pictures. Actually when I look back now, I see more random than not! 

In June we see - fun in the park, making Anzac biscuits, beautiful sunset over the Leschenault Estuary, autumn leaves, autumn grape vine leaves, jetty views, avenue of trees near Dardanup, insect patterns on gum leaf, Anzac biscuits in the oven, sunset search lights, soup and toasted sandwich for lunch, river reflections, cotton reels, Perth view over Swan River, Miss Muffin cat looking out the window at Lyndendale Gallery. 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Blooming Art 2014 - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Western Australia

I was thrilled recently to be invited to be a Blooming Art Special Guest exhibitor at the floral art exhibition run annually by the Flower Designers Club of Bunbury in the beautiful Chapel Gallery at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.   I was invited by Blooming Art Coordinator, Eileen Wenn, who is a friend of mine from Spanish dance class, and who is also a world class floral art designer.

Special invited guest exhibitors select a painting from the City of Bunbury Art Collection, and then represent it through a floral display.  I have no floral art background or formal arts training, so felt very priviledged to be invited, as well as a little apprehensive and excited. 

The painting I chose which you can see below, is a painting by Alisa Small, called Up The Gorge to Tallering Peak.  I was attracted to this painting because we had just past through this area on our way south from the Pilbara.  I love the rich colours, textures and ruggedness of this ancient landscape and how the colours change with the light. Alisa has captured with her painting what I try to capture with my camera. 

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Pilbara camping - Part 3 - Western Australia

Hi everyone, I hope you have enjoyed my last two posts about camping in Karijini National Park in Western Australia's Pilbara region. If you ever come to Western Australia, and have time, you should visit, particularly if you are here around July-August.
If you missed the posts you can catch up here -  Karijini Camping - Part 1
 and here - Karijini camping - Part 2

Today we are back on the road again, heading out of Karijini and heading towards Mount Augustus - the world's largest monocline.
But first the town of Tom Price - 108km from the Karijini's Dales Gorge campground.
We need to fuel up and buy some fresh supplies for the next leg of our trip, plus a quick email catch up and mail some post cards.

Situated on the edge of the Hamersley Ranges, Tom Price is Western Australia's highest town, 747metres above sea level. Tom Price's economy is dependent on the iron ore industry. The area was only appraised for mining in the early 1960's, so Tom Price is a very young town.  

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Karijini camping - part 2 - Pilbara, Western Australia

Last week I brought you the first part of our recent Pilbara trip, visiting Karijini National Park. If you missed it you can catch up by clicking here - Pilbara camping in Karijini Naitonal Park

Today we travel across the park to Joffre, Knox, Hancock, Weano and Hamersley Gorges and to Mount Bruce. 

The Joffre Falls and the Weano Gorge area is about 30 kilometres west of the Karijini Visitor Centre.  As we had stayed such a long time at Kalamina Gorge (see last week's post), and, I must admit, the fact that I don't feel so confident about clambering down gorge walls these days, we decided for this trip we would just go to the lookouts of the gorges on the western side of the park.  You can't help but be impressed by this awe inspiring landscape. The gorges dramatically show the forces of nature that carved these gorges into the landscape millions of years ago. 

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pilbara camping in Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Getting ready for a camping holiday always involves a bit (or a lot) of planning. 

There is the camper trailer to check over and make sure everything is in it that needs to be. There are lists to be made and ticked off, a rough plan of where we are going drawn up, meals to plan and cooking, dehydrating and food shopping to to be done, our vehicle to be checked over and the extra spare tyre to be hauled onto the roof, washing done and clothes packed, organise someone to collect the mail and put out the rubbish bins.

 Ooooo....there seems to be a lot of chocolate in there! Oh well you have to have some little luxuries when you are camping in the bush.

But finally we are on our way and as the sun comes up over the road ahead we sigh a sigh of contentment. 

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Everlasting magic - midwest Western Australia

We have been away for the last 2 weeks travelling and camping in our Pilbara and Mid-West region through Karijini National Park, Mt Augustus, Kennedy Ranges and Coalseam. The wildflowers particularly on our way south between Murchison and Mullewa in the Mid-West region were starting to come into bloom. The everlasting wildflowers were opening their white, pink and yellow faces, and spreading across the red dust like a carpet through the trees as far as you could see. It is hard to show you how magnificent there were.

 Those of you who have stopped by my blog from time to time will have seen my white everlastings images that have gone through several transformations the last couple of years.  Everlastings have papery petals and if you pick them and dry them upside down they can last for years.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Winter soup warmers in my winter garden

It is winter here in Western Australia. I went around my garden this morning and snapped some pics to show you. It is actually looking very green at the moment... 

In my front garden the last few roses are blooming, the hydrangeas are shooting, the lavender is pushing up a few flower heads, some winter bulbs are coming up, and the gorgeous Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) growing by my neighbour's front driveway is really spectacular. The yellow flower you see in the top row is Hibbertia - a Western Australian native. 

In the back garden, 

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Lyndendale in the winter

Today I am sharing some images from around the grounds of beautiful Lyndendale Gallery along Crooked Brook Road near Dardanup where I have been running a basics photography workshop. Last Saturday was mostly theory, and yesterday afternoon was practical - taking pics around the garden.

Lyndendale is such a wonderful creative, peaceful and supportive environment. Thank you Denise for the opportunity to run my photography workshops at Lyndendale.

How about a sit on the porch?

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Making Anzac biscuits & my week in pictures

Last Anzac Day, 25 April, I realised that I hadn't made Anzac biscuits for years.  I mentioned it on my blog post on Anzac Day - you can see it here - 25 April-Anzac Day-We will remember them

So a couple of weekends ago when my grandson came for a sleep over I decided to make Anzacs with him. He loves cooking.

Anzacs are a traditional Australian family favourite biscuit. Everyone has their own ideas as to whether they should be crunchy or soft. I remember great trays of crunchy Anzacs coming out of the oven of my Aunt's wood stove. They waft out a delicious smell through the kitchen.

Here is my Aunt's recipe - she called them "John Bulls" - maybe from the brand of oats she used. 
Mix together 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup dessicated coconut, 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup sugar.  
Melt 125gm butter or margarine. Stir in 2 heaped tablespoons of Golden Syrup. Dissolve  1 1/2 teaspoons bi-carb soda in 2-3 tablespoons boiling water. Mix into the butter mixture. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix in well. 
Place flattened balls of mixture onto you baking tray. Baking paper works well. Leave room for spreading. 

Now here is the tricky part. My aunt cooked in a wood stove, so I really have no idea what temperature. It was amazing the sponges and cooking she pulled out of that oven. 
A recent recipe book says: Cook in a slow oven (150-170C) for about 20 minutes. So I suggest try that.
Cool on a wire rack. 

According to the Australian War Memorial website it is unknown how Anzac biscuits got their name or how they came to be a traditional biscuit to make on Anzac Day. 

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Autumn days of May in Western Australia

 May was a hectic month, especially the last few weeks. Some aspects have been purely creative pursuits, and this last week has been elderly parent concerns.

Those of you who stop by my blog regularly might know that I have been doing a 365 project this year - one photo a day for a year. Sometimes this is easy for me, sometimes I take time over taking images, other times not so easy and I just snap a pic on my way home from work, just to get a pic. 

 I thought for today's post I will show you the autumn days of May - and looking at all the yellow and orange it certainly does look like autumn - although we don't get the autumn leaf fall that is common in the northern hemisphere. In Australia our trees are "evergreen", that is, green all year.   If we see any autumn leaf colour we know it is an introduced tree.

Lets start with Flamenco! and our beautiful teacher Nicole from Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company when the company danced for an art group in Busselton - Sol-y-Sombra on Facebook  I love the movement and swirl in this image

The on-line web based collage program - Picmonkey - crops the images a bit, but you will get the idea I hope.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Photographing Food in the Ferguson Valley, Western Australia

I have had a great weekend being immersed in Photography.

On Friday I attended a "Lightroom" photo processing workshop. It was part of a 3 day weekend of events organised by the Photography Group of Bunbury and the WA Photographic Federation at Evedon Park Bush Resort in the beautiful Ferguson Valley only about 30 minutes from Bunbury in the south west corner of Western Australia.  Evedon Park has cottages which would be lovely for a weekend getaway.You can see some pis from around Evedon here -

We have had quite a bit of rain the last few weeks so the rolling hills of the Ferguson Valley have put on their best green dresses. It's beautiful driving up around here this time of year. There are wineries and galleries and walks.  In the bottom pic you can see some cows and calves being moved along the road from one paddock to another on my way home this afternoon.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Weekends of art and dance

I have had two lovely weekends of art and dance and another one on the way next weekend.

A couple of weekends ago I was involved with Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company & School of Dance (of who I am a member) when they performed flamenco dancing and held portrait poses for a life drawing afternoon at Jacksons Drawing Supplies in Busselton on Sunday as part of the Margaret River Regional Open Studios arts program. 
We were made very welcome - it was a wonderful event - and everyone, dancers, artists and photographers thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
Many of the artists took photos during the performance so they can draw or paint pictures later.

I am updating Sol-y-Sombra's facebook page, so I took lots of photos, and then joined in for the last two dances.  Here is there Facebook link if you would like to take a look - Sol-y-Sombra on Facebook

This is our beautiful principal dancer and teacher Nicole performing an amazing dance with castanets.  

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