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. I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist.
Focussing mainly on Western Australia and Australia, I am seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.



Monday 20 December 2010

Seasons grettings from Australia

I have finally gotten into the Christmas spirit and finished decorating my tree last night after coming home from Carols by Candlelight - there is nothing like the company of children and some Christmas carols to get you in the mood.

Today it has been unusually dull and drizzly rain all day - a dramatic change for the usually hot December weather in Australia. We have had a dry winter and spring, so my garden has welcomed the cool day and the soak.  It also was a great day for Christmas cooking - so I made sausage rolls, fruit mince pies, stained glass Christmas cake, melting moments biscuits and little Christmas puddings.You can see samples of my cooking below in my mosaic for today.

The little guy on the RHS is just me playing around with Christmas tree light bokeh!

Enjoy! And have a wonderful Christmas in the company of those you love.

 This post has been a part of Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. To see the work of Mary and other contributors, please click on the link -

Monday 13 December 2010

Life is a beach - Mosaic Monday

Summer is here and in Western Australia "life is a beach".....

The beach is part of Western Australia's way of life - kilometres of white sandy beaches, sparkling clear blue water, coral reefs, aquatic playgrounds, and the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in a brilliant array of colours.

Stretching from Broom's Cable Beach in the north, to Lucky Bay near Esperance in the south east, a trip to Western Australia would not be complete without a visit to one of its beaches. With some many to choose from, please read below my mosaic for a selection of some of the best.

Cable Beach, Broome - Established around the pearling industry, the tropical seaside town of Broome is the gateway to the Kimberleys. On Cable Beach's 22 kilometre stretch of prisitne white sand, you can escape the southern winter by relaxing on the beach, rejunivate in the warm ocean water, and enjoy a sunset camel ride.

Underwater Wonderland at Ningaloo Reef - Coral Bay and Exmouth -  Ningaloo Reef is one of the world's largest fringing coral reefs and a prime conservation sanctuary stretching 260 kilometres along North West Cape. You can snorkel over the reef only a few metres from shore, or take a dive tour and swim with the Whale Shark - Ningaloo leads the way in Whale Shark eco-tourism.

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay - Dolphin Experience - Thousands of visitors come to see the bottle nose dolphins which visit the beach at Money Mia, located in the World Heritage listed Peron Peninsular.

The Capes - surfing the South West - Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, the Cape to Cape region between Cape Naturalist and Cape Leeuwin is a playground for holiday makers during summer, and surfers all year round, as well as being an internationally acclaimed wine growing region.

South Coast - where the forest meets the sea - When summer hits the northern half of Western Australia, it is time to escape to a milder climate and the beautiful pristine beaches of the South Coast.  From Mandalay Beach west of Walpole, through Denmark to Albany, the southern coastline is a mixture of magnificent coastal scenery, rugged headlands, rock pools and secluded beaches, as well us spectacular Karri and Tingle forests and an international biodiversity hotspot.

Esperance - Australia's whitest beach - The combination of dazzling white squeaky clean sand and cold sparkling aqua blue water under a canopy of brilliant blue sky is a feast for the senses. Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance was judged in 2006 by a national committee of scientific experts to be the whitest beach in Australia. It is a paradise for beach lovers with kilometres of pristine beaches, spectacular coastal scenery, national parks and an aquatic paradise amongst the island of the Recherche Archipelago.

To read this full story, please see Go Camping Australia magazine, February 2011 edition.

Mosaic Monday is an initiative of Mary at Little Red House. To see the wonderful work of other contributors, please click on the link  - http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/

Monday 6 December 2010

Colour in my summer garden

Summer has come to us in Western Australia, and my garden is a picture of red, green, yellow, white, pink, orange and purple. We have had a dry winter and spring, and a hot start to summer, so water is going to be a problem this summer. However we actually have a overcast day today, which gave a beautiful even light for photography, so I took the opportunity to wander about my garden this morning and take these photos to share with you.  They are a mixture of native Australian plants and European garden flowers. I hope you enjoy them. And may peace and joy and the company of those you love be yours at Christmas.

This selection is my contribution this week to Mosaic Monday at My Little Red House. Please go to the link to view others contributions- http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/.

This is my first try at creating a Mosaic, which I did through Picasa - I hope you enjoy it.