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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Autumn in Western Australia

 Hi everyone, I hope you and yours are well. It is autumn here in Western Australia and we feel the cool air coming in the mornings and evenings. We don't have the autumn leaf fall that those in the northern hemisphere have, as our trees are evergreen, but there are pockets where we can experience the splendour of autumn leaf colour. 

The Balingup Golden Vally Tree Park is one of those.  I will leave you with some pictures, and a few links where I have blogged about Balingup before, as I am taking a little blogging break this week. 




I've blogged about the Balingup Tree Park before here:

autumn-in-western-australia-2017

autumn-season-of-change - 2016

autumn-colour-in-western-australia-2019

Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park is a truly glorious place in autumn to walk and picnic. Please click on the link for more information. 

Take care everyone and stay safe. 

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. 
Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
   
All Seasons
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Sharon's Sovenirs 
Our World Tuesday
Pictorial Tuesday 
ThroughMy Lens 
Image-in-ing
My corner of the world through my camera 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity. 
       and Little bird - Pienilintu
Thankful Thursday 
Der-Natur-Thursday 
The Lovin' Life Team over at: Deep Fried Fruit
 Month end link up @ Live love craft me
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Monday, 3 May 2021

Dardanup Art Trail 2021

 Hi everyone, I hope you and yours are well. 

This past weekend I have had a weekend of art exhibiting at the Dardanup Art Trail, about 20 minutes from my home. 

I and three other artists, Christine Blowfield, and Sandra & Sylvia Nysten were hosted at beautiful heritage listed St Mary's Anglican church.  What a wonderful venue it was, and we had a fabulous weekend with lots of people visiting us during the art trail which wound around Dardanup and the beautiful Ferguson Valley. 




First services were held in the tiny colonial town of Dardanup in the 1800s. The foundation stone for the church was laid on 9 May 1906 by Sir George Shenton. Built of brick with an iron roof, and designed by FW Steere, it cost approximately 600 Pounds to erect. It was consecrated on Sunday 2 June 1907. The stained glass windows were dedicated on 20 May 1908, given by Mrs Venn in memory of her husband the Hon. Harry Wittle Venn. 


Services are no longer held here, but it has not been deconsecrated and can be used for weddings, batisms and funerals. 
We were very grateful to the church for allowing us to use it for the Art Trail. They would like to encourage community events, especially as they are trying to raise money for more restoration. 


In the photos above you can see me, second from the right with Sylvia, Christine and Sandra. You can also see the inside of the church with our art displays.


I had on display my botanical eco-prints (you can see one below), ecoprinted scarves and tote bags, and photographical prints on cushions, totes and greeting cards as well as prints. I am down in the back section in this photo. There was a lot of interest in my eco-prints, especially as it was a technique new to many people. I enjoyed explaining it to them. I might do a post soon about it. Here is an example. 

My weekend started on a high when I was awarded the Photography Prize at the Art Spectacular exhibition opening night on Friday night, for my photo of fungi. It was unexpected, and thrilling to win! 


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. 

You might also enjoy:

I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
   
All Seasons
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Sharon's Sovenirs 
Our World Tuesday


Pictorial Tuesday 
ThroughMy Lens 
Image-in-ing
My corner of the world through my camera 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity. 
       and Little bird - Pienilintu
Thankful Thursday 
Der-Natur-Thursday 
The Lovin' Life Team over at: Deep Fried Fruit

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Gallipoli and Anzac Day - 25 April

 25 April is Anzac Day for Australian's and New Zealanders. 

“ANZAC” was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I.

Once again we remembered this national day and the sacrifices of so many in smaller gatherings due to the continuing Covid pandemic. This year as last year, we held a small service at dawn at the end of our street.

At the beginning of the service this year I read this poem I found on the internet. Written by Miss MG Meugens, she wrote poetry about the Great War and was published in magazines and newspapers of the time, and in a couple of anthologies.  The poem below was published in Country Life magazine in England. 

This photo below is from the National Museum of Australia. If you are ever in Canberra you should visit the Australian War Memorial and it's huge collection of artefacts and historical documents. 

I couldn't find out much about Miss MG Meugens, but as my great-uncle was killed at Gallipoli on 2 May 1915 at the age of 19, only a few days into the conflict, the poem touched a special cord with me. He is one of the fallen who still lay in an unmarked grave at Gallipoli. He looks so young and proud in these two photos. Sadly his future was cut short. 


I've written about Anzac Day many times before:

Anzac Day 2020 

Anzac Day 2019

Anzac Day 2018

Anzac Day 2017


This painting of a soldier carrying his wounded mate is part of the new Collie street art trail which we visited on the weekend. I hope to bring you more about the Collie Mural Trail soon. 

Country Life magazine was founded by Edward Burgess Hudson in 1897.  The magazine is still in print today. You can search vantage back copies here. 

.For more poems about World War 1 click here

For more about Anzac Day click here

Thank you so much for stopping by. I have a very busy week ahead getting ready for my art market at the Dardanup Art Spectacular and Art Trail this weekend 1-2 May. 

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

I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
   
All Seasons
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Sharon's Sovenirs 
Our World Tuesday
Pictorial Tuesday 
ThroughMy Lens 
Image-in-ing
My corner of the world through my camera 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity. 
       and Little bird - Pienilintu
Thankful Thursday 
Der-Natur-Thursday 
The Lovin' Life Team over at: Deep Fried Fruit
 Month end link up @ Live love craft me
Hello there! I love reading your comments. If you scroll down to the bottom you can comment too! I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Where the pelicans meet

 Hi everyone I hope that you and yours are safe and doing well. 

Life has been busy here with one thing and another, but all good. The boys are watching an Aussie Rules game on TV. Not my thing. Sounds like the team my son tipped to win might not be doing well......

We are so fortunate to have a number of waterways close to where we live... the Collie River, the Leschenault Estuary and just beyond the Indian Ocean.  You might remember a recent post about a Magical dolphin experience.

I have taken so many photos before of this location you see below where the Collie River intersects with the Leschenault Estuary. But I just love it. 


On the right is the land, on the left a little island between the river and the estuary. This photo was taken from the river side. 

On this little spit of sandbar seabirds gather. Particularly pelicans. And I always feel like they are having their morning meeting. 




Pelicans can be greedy when someone is cleaning fish. This pic I took in Denmark on our south coast. I don't think the seagull in the front of the pic had much hope


Have you seen the movie "Storm Boy"? Adapted from the book written in 1964 by Colin Thiele, the story is set in the Coorong National Park on South Australia's south coast. The book is about the relationships between a boy and his father Hide-Away Tom (Jai Courtney) - they live in an isolated hut, Mr Percival the pelican, and an outcast Australian Aboriginal man, Fingerbone (Trevor Jamieson) who befriends them.

We recently watched again the latest movie adaptation staring Geoffrey Rush as the adult "Storm Boy" Mike Kingley, and Finn Little as the child "Storm Boy".  The first adaption was filmed in 1976. Both are equally worth watching. Below is the preview of the 2019 released adaptation. I think I have watched this movie three times, and always enjoy it. 

I have just realised that I blogged about Storm Boy before back in 2019. Please click on the link if you want to go back and have a look. 

Here's a couple of my photos when we visited the Coorong in 2013. Beyond the sand-dunes is the Southern Ocean. I need to go back into my backup drive to find a better photo for you. 

I hope you and your family are well. We continue to have low cases here in Australia, mostly returning travellers coming from overseas and in hotel quarantine or people from cargo ships coming into our ports. 

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. 
I am linking up to the link-ups below. Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
   
All Seasons
MosaicMonday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf
Sharon's Sovenirs 
Our World Tuesday
Pictorial Tuesday 
ThroughMy Lens 
Image-in-ing
My corner of the world through my camera 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global hosted by Randomosity. 
       and Little bird - Pienilintu
Thankful Thursday 
Der-Natur-Thursday 
The Lovin' Life Team over at: Deep Fried Fruit
 Month end link up @ Live love craft me
Hello there! I love reading your comments. If you scroll down to the bottom you can comment too! I would love to hear from you.


Saturday, 3 April 2021

Covid photo a day project - March 2021 - final edition

 Hi everyone, I hope you and yours are doing well.

Back on 16 March 2020 I started my Covid photo-a-day project when it looked like we were going to go down into lockdown where I live and the pandemic threat started to become real. At that time I thought that it would be all over in 6 months. Sadly that wasn't to be, and over 12 months later we are still in that pandemic world. It seems that the virus keeps mutating, thousands of people around the world are becoming infected every day, and sadly thousands a day die. Sometimes I despair. The world is such an uncertain place at the moment. All I can do is hope and pray it will end soon as people are vaccinated. 

16 March 2020

Here in Australia our Government took a tough line from the very beginning, and although there has been some restrictions, mainly around numbers at venues and events, life has gone on fairly much as it usually does. Most new infected cases in Australia are people returning from overseas, and every overseas arrival has to go into mandatory 14 day isolation in a hotel. This has kept us safe. 

Now that the vaccine is being rolled out, I hope that the world will finally get on top of this terrible virus, though I fear that it will never leave us entirely. 

So, I made the decision the during this past week that I would end my Covid photo-a-day project on 31 March, 381 days from when I began last year. It has been an interesting way to document this Covid year. But I think I need to end this project and maybe start a different new project, whatever that may be. 

Therefore, here is last edition of my Covid photo-a-day project - March 2021.

Monday 1 March 2021 - We went down to Sculptures by the Bay in Dunsborough. I was particularly drawn to pieces with an environmental message. This is piece by Merle Davis has been made with plastic fishing and household rubbish washed up on our beaches.

Tuesday 2 March 2021 - plus bonus shot - the beautiful pink variety of Marri - "rosea" - Eucalyptus calophylla


Wednesday 3 March 2021 - it's been raining!

Thursday 4 March 2021 - raindrops on roses


Thursday 4 March 2021 - bonus shot - we had a lot of rain from a tropical low sweeping our state. This pic is out on my back patio garden. 


Friday 5 March 2021- on the road from Bunbury to Denmark - we lost track of how many roadworks we went through. This particular one south of Manjimup will improve the safety of the road through the forest.

Friday 5 March 2021 - bonus - a quick weekend trip to Denmark to visit my elderly aunt. This is a Swamp Bottlebrush - Beaufortia sparsa - around Walpole


Saturday 6 March 2021 - beautiful Greens Pool on the south coast near Denmark, They have upgraded the parking and access to the beach, making it easier for people to enjoy.


Sunday 7 March - Sunday - I love the soaring Karri forests in the far south around Denmark.


Monday 8 March 2021 - plus bonus shot - gorgeous red capped gum - Eucalyptus erythrocorys, - Illyarrie



Tuesday 9 March 2021 - dry karri leaves and buds picked up from the forest floor in Denmark

Wednesday 10 March 2021 - our teacher at Spanish dance class tonight

Thursday 11 March 2021 - B&W of yellow roses in my garden this morning


Friday 12 March 2021 - the bees were enjoying the chive flowers in our back garden today

Saturday 13 March 2021 - a sign of the times - are you keeping Covid safe?  In Australia we sign in at venues with a phone app or paper sign-in, and if someone becomes infected they can be traced, and anyone who has gone to that venue can be contacted. 


Saturday 13 March 2021 -  bonus shot - the gorgeous red capped gum - Eucalyptus erythrocorys, - Illyarrie - flowering brilliantly in the Farmers Market


Sunday 14 March 2021 - entertainment at the Eaton Primary School Fair. 

Sunday 14 March 2021 - bonus shot - another look at that gorgeous red capped gum

Monday - 15 March 2021 - starting on a new eco-print project on paper with karri leaves.


Tuesday - 16 March 2021 - new tote bags featuring my photography, getting ready for the Tree Street Art Safari.


Wednesday - 17 March 2021 - green in my garden for St Patrick's Day.

Thursday - 18 March 2021 - sunset in my street


Friday - 19 March 2021 - first pick of this year's quinces from my garden. Delicious. 


Friday - 19 March 2021 - the beautiful home of my generous hosts in Banksia Street for the Tree Street Art Safari


Saturday - 20 March 2021 - getting set up for the Art Safari - so hot - but lots of people came through my venue and I had a fabulous day talking to people and making sales. Thank you so much to my wonderful hosts and everyone who visited. Thank you! 



Sunday - 21 March 2021 - the roses in my garden are feeling the heat.

Monday - 22 March 2021 - beautiful golden Cassia - flowering in a garden along Millers Creek walk.


Tuesday - 23 March 2021 - gumnuts for National Eucalypt Day.

Bonus shot - Tuesday 23 March 2021 - marri flowers for National Eucalypt Day

Wednesday - 24 March 2021 - eco printing karri leaves on silk

Bonus shot - 24 March 2021 - are the sea eagles nesting again along the Collie River?

Thursday - 25 March 2021 - steps in black and white at the Koombana Bay lookout

Thursday - 25 March 2021 - bonus shot - views of Koombana Bay from the lookout tower opposite the Dolphin Centre.

Friday - 26 March 2021 - gorgeous red flowering gum at our local primary school

Saturday - 27 March 2021 - washing day

Sunday - 28 March 2021 - dolphin in Koombana Bay, taken with the under-water feature of my point and shoot. It came right up to our boat as soon as we dropped anchor.

Bonus shot - Sunday 28 March 2021 - mother dolphin and calf, Koombana Bay. What an unexpectedly magical morning. 

Monday - 29 March 2021 - laying out the leaves ready to eco-print on paper

Tuesday - 30 March 2021 - pin cushion Hakea

Wednesday - 31 March 2021 - Spanish Sevillanas dance party for end of term and end of March.


And that's a wrap! - The End - Thursday - 1 April 2021 - that's all folks! The end of my Covid photo a day project started on 16 March 2020. A year is done...an then some.....

Thank you everyone for joining me along this journey this past year. I hope you have enjoyed my Covid photo-a-day project.  I truly appreciate your support and encouragement of my project. I plan to put my photos into a photo book. It will be interesting to look back on. 

For those who celebrate, I wish you a safe, happy and blessed Easter.  And to all, take care, stay safe, and cherish the ones that mean the most to you.  These flowers below are everlastings, photo taken last spring in our wheatbelt. 


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. Stay safe and have a wonderful week. 

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