Welcome to Life Images by Jill

Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it. And in many ways it is my journal of everyday life. If you click on the Index you can see my posts under various topic headings.
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. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-printing with Australian leaves onto cloth and paper.
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Sunday, 21 October 2018

October garden

Hi everyone, just a few photos from around my garden this week. It is spring here in Australia and it feels like, to me at least, that it has been a weird start to spring, cold and wet days, and then a burst of warm weather. But perhaps the change in seasons is always like this. We are into the last two weeks of October and tonight we have the fire on - it should be warming up by now. Though I know I shouldn't complain as I know the heat is coming. But I must say I think our garden is enjoying the rain, cooler days and sunshine.

In our back garden our apricot tree is rocketing away with new fruit - we've had to put the net up to keep the parrots off, we have blueberries ripening - so fantastic to eat straight off the bush, the lemon tree is flowering even though there is still some of last season's fruit on the tree, the tomatoes are putting out baby tomatoes, and the grape vine is forming grapes. 
 I made French Marmalade and Lemon Butter with some of those lemons. The marmalade has carrots in it and is delicious - not a sour marmalade like some of them can be.


My new quince tree has flowers! I adore quinces, so I am looking forward with anticipation to my first piece of fruit. 


In my front garden there are flowers - the green kangaroo paws are reaching up their green heads on long stalks, the Bird of Paradise is putting out a couple of final flowers, the lavender is flowering, the pelargoniums are looking fantastic, new buds are bursting on my roses, and this yellow native is making a bright ground cover.
 My Port Wine Magnolia is looking beautiful, but the little birds haven't built there this year.


On Friday I was invited to photograph a beautiful garden in the Ferguson Valley for the coming Ferguson Valley Open Gardens weekend - 10-11th November. More on that in the next couple of weeks. 


And I met a baby lamb only 10 days old, one of a set of triplets kicked out by the other two, and still learning to suck. It was good to hear yesterday that she is now doing well.


Just a short post from me today - life has been hectic this last week and I need to catch up. But thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.  

Next week I will be back to share another photography project I've been working on. See you then! 
 
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Monday, 15 October 2018

Understory

I had a little incident last weekend that threw me a little off-kilter just when I was feeling really good about my life and my creative life in particular. I was happily going along, enjoying my creative life, being involved in a few photography projects, feeling good about myself and what I was achieving. And them "bam!". It is amazing how one little comment or incident can really throw you and how hard it is to pick yourself up again. Since then I have been feeling a little low, and in a reflective mood. I know I can tend to wallow, and know it will pass, but until then it is hard to pick myself up. But I know I will. I have much to be grateful for in my life. I know. 

I've just randomly opened my "workshops" note book and there on the page staring at me from am Art and Business workshop I went to in August with Andrew Fraser from 6-2-3-Zero -

"Horrible days doesn't equal horrible life. Don't let it define your life.
Don't self sabotage - just walk away and come back later" 

Thank you for the reminder Andrew! That was exactly what I was doing - self-sabotaging.


I don't know where this written piece below came from originally, but a friend shared it on her Facebook page today, and so I thought I would share it here, as it really ran true with me. I know how easy it is to be caught up in what others want, expect, think, say, instead of being true to ourselves. It can be very disabling.

I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled and said to me..
"I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters.
I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me...
I stopped fighting for attention...
I stopped fighting to meet peoples expectation of me...
I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people..
I stopped fighting to please everyone...
I stopped fighting to prove they were wrong about me....
I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight...


And I started fighting for
my vision,
my dreams,
my ideas and
my destiny.

The day I gave up on small fights is the day I started becoming successful & so much more content."
Some fights are not worth your time..... Choose what you fight for wisely.


Sometimes it is hard to push aside the curtains and sift through the haze to find out who we are and what our dreams are.  They are your dreams. They don't belong to anyone else. Just you. And you are special and deserve to follow those dreams.

I have been reading a book this last week called "Under Story" by Inga Simpson. Inga lives in a cottage in forest in south-east Queensland, Australia. In each chapter she describes the trees of the Canopy, Middlestory, and Understory of her forest garden. I know many of the Australian trees she describes.

Interwoven into this is a memoir of the dream her partner and her had to open a writer's retreat. Along the way they were hit by the Global Financial Crisis and lost almost everything and were left with a huge debt. Inga's partner also left her. Inga eventually starts over, found her own path as a writer, and has successfully published several books, won awards, and offers writing mentorship.

I think underpinning all this is finding your "under story" and your path. Who are you?  What makes you happy? Our own happiness is so important not only to ourselves but to those around us. 

What is your understory? Where is your happy place?

Mine is my creative life.  Not always on the surface as I go about my life as a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, and numerous other "me's". But it is always under the surface. As a photographer I am always seeing the way light plays. My happy place is walking in the Australian bush with my camera. It is the place that takes me away from the stresses of life. 

Years ago I wanted to be a botanical artist, but without the encouragement to do so, I didn't keep up the practise. Perhaps this is something I can go back to. Now I represent the Australian bush through my photography, paper flower making, and in the last couple of years through eco-printing on cloth and paper. The eco-printing is an absorbing and fascinating art as you never know what you are going to end up with. 

I still have a lot to learn, and my eco-prints don't always work how I would like, but I was very happy with this recent print on Georgette silk printed with eucalypt leaves from near where my mother used to live as a girl in the Western Australian wheatbelt.  The cloth was original dyed with avocado skins and then the leaves printed over. I love the orange prints from the leaves and the unopened flower heads.


I think having something we love doing which we can retreat to helps us during those dark times that I am sure come to all of us at some stage.  So please do follow your dreams. 

And remember even in the dark shadows of the understory we can find light and colour. It's there. We just have to look for it. 


Recently I was discussing with some friends that people only seem to share on social media the good things in their life. We share on social media looking for affirmation and likes. And become upset if people don't respond. Such a pressure, particularly on young people, to appear perfect. We make ourselves out to have everything, are involved in lots of things, have a fantastic life and that we are always happy. But that isn't real life is it? There are dark times too. And I think sharing these can help others. I hope so any way.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I didn't really know where my blog post was going today, but I hope it made sense and that there was something in it that connected with you.  Perhaps you would like to share with us your "understory". Where is your happy place?

I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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Monday, 8 October 2018

Camping at Karalee Rock, Western Australia


 The last couple of weeks I have been sharing with you some of our recent wildflower drive up through the midwest and goldfields.  If you missed it, please click on the link to go to last week's post about the old gold mining town of Cue and the ancient Walga Rock.

This week I am taking you to one of my favourite campsites, Karalee Rock. Located only five kilometres north of the Great Eastern Highway and 50 kilometres east of Southern Cross, Karalee Rock is an ideally located free camp between Perth and Kalgoorlie and one of several granite outcrops which are popular for campers across the Western Australian wheatbelt.  


 We have camped at Karalee Rock several times before but I still enjoy visiting again, exploring the granite rock, and camping under the beautiful gum trees.  

Karalee Rock is one of the stopping points along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail which follows the 560 kilometre Perth to Kalgoorlie pipeline, and is one of a number of rain water rock catchments built in the 1890s to service the steam trains on the Eastern Railway from Perth to the Goldfields.

The Perth to Kalgoorlie Pipeline
 As well as today providing a free camping and picnic area, Karalee is an interesting place to explore and learn about the history of the rock which goes back thousands of years to when Aboriginal people camped here and collected water from the rock’s gnamma holes and soaks.


 Early explorers, sandalwood cutters and gold seekers also camped here. Karalee was officially gazetted as a water reserve in 1888 and by 1895 most of the 600 teams and 4,000 horses travelling between Southern Cross and Coolgardie regularly stopped at Karalee, as well as construction workers building the Goldfields Water Supply Pipeline in 1902.


When the railway between Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie was completed in 1896 a series of rock walls, an aqueduct and 48.3 million litre dam was constructed at Karalee to collect rain water off the two granite rocks and provide water for steam trains en route to Kalgoorlie. 

Six kilometres of granite slab walls up to a metre high, all cut from the rock itself and laid by hand, surround Karalee rock forming a rain catchment. Big fires were lit on the rock and allowed to burn all night making the rock red hot. Water was then poured over the rock and the granite exploded in big layers. These slabs were sledged away and stood on their sides and cemented together to form the rock walls to channel the water.

These walls direct rain water to flow off the rock into the dam via a large semi-circular steel flume aqueduct, which was hand riveted at each joint.  The water was then pumped 3.6 kilometres south to the railway siding. The construction was an enormous achievement of both manual labour and horsepower.   


The flume aqueduct has been conserved by the National Trust of Australia (WA) for its heritage value.
At one time the Karalee township consisted of a telegraph line, stone cottages, barracks and a hotel, none of which remain today.


Thanks to the National Trust and Southern Cross community, visitors can now camp or picnic in the peaceful shady surrounds and learn the history of the area by following two marked walk trails with interpretive signage that start not far from the camp ground.   

The gravel walk trails - a 1.2km trail and a longer 2.7km walk trail - are easy going and take you through bushland as well as over a section of rock. There is also the opportunity to walk around the dam wall and across the rock to see the magnificent views. 

During our latest visit we saw a lot more water laying in the pools on the rock than we had seen before. We were glad of a slightly cooler day when we walked to the highest point of the rock. We enjoyed the rock gardens, and the array of wildflowers, including orchids. 


 Below you can see wattle, lemon scented sun orchids, pink everlastings and yellow donkey orchids.
 Here are some of the other orchids we saw at Karalee Rock. 
Starting top left - Snail orchid, Clown orchid (I love his stripey pants), and
Scented Sun orchid
from bottom left - Lemon Scented sun orchid, Silky Blue orchid, and Donkey orchids. 
 There were masses of this flowering wild tea-tree around the rock.  So beautiful.


And for me the simple pleasures of cooking fresh damper, sitting around the campfire in the evening, and looking at the stars, and an early morning rise to wander through the bush taking photos and enjoying the wildflowers. 

And what about this sunset? 


The shady open campsites are lightly wooded with tall salmon gums and eucalypts. It is suitable for caravans, camper trailers and tents and has a wheel chair friendly eco flushing toilet and hand basin, picnic tables, fire rings and RV dump.  Visitors are asked to bring their own water and firewood, be aware of fire restrictions during certain months, and take away all your rubbish. Pets are discouraged as there is a wild dog baiting control area.
We found that there were a lot of birds around the dam area, making it a great camping place for bird watchers. During spring the surrounding bushland is ablaze with wildflowers. On the left side of the entrance track just before the dam is a stand of the red fruited quandong trees, which were an important food source for Aboriginal people and early settlers.  Quandongs make delicious jam. You can see the quandongs below here.


Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this trip to Karalee Rock. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.  

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