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, 24 June 2012

Hopetoun & Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia

Last October we visited Hopetoun and the Fitzgerald River National Park on Western Australia's south coast.

  Below is a excerpt from my latest article published in "On the Road" magazine , July 2012 - "Coastal Palatte of Colour" which I wrote following our trip.  As you scroll through you can see some mosaics of some of the glorious wildflowers to be found in the Park. 

Here is the opening page of the article 

The boardwalk gave way to a steady rising limestone path, and cresting a ridgeline we stopped to look back the way we had come.  The mazarine blue of the ocean met with the azure sky on its way to Antarctica, while its edges broke in a tumble of white on the narrow beach below the rugged cliffs.  East Mount Barren was living up to its promise that on a clear day the views appear to go on forever. 

View part way up East Mount Barren
 East Mount Barren is only a few kilometres from Hopetoun in the Fitzgerald River National Park on Western Australia’s south coast.  Located between Albany and Esperance and 50km south of Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun at first glance appears to be a sleepy seaside town with a groyne running straight into the sea directly at the end of the main street.  However aided by the recent boost from the Ravensthorpe nickel and lithium mining industry, Hopetoun boasts new modern facilities and a population drawn to coastal living. 

The main attractions for tourists are pristine coastlines, easily accessible unspoilt beaches, walk trails and drives, beachside camping, unsurpassed wildflowers and the magnificent Fitzgerald National Park and Eyre Ranges which borders the town. 

Looking back towards 4 Mile Beach and Culham Inlet from a lookout near East Mount Barren

 The 330,000ha Fitzgerald River National Park is the largest and most botanically significant national park in Australia. As well as being one of WA’s richest flora conservation areas, it is an internationally recognised Biosphere Reserve.  Of its 1,800 known plant species, 62 varieties are found nowhere else and more species of animals live here than any other park in south Western Australia. These include 22 mammal species, 41 reptile species, and over 200 bird species including the rare Ground Parrot.  

Wildflowers in the Fitzgerald River National Park

It was the thought of a few days on the coast and the spring wildflowers that drew us to Hopetoun in October, and we were not disappointed – the beaches and the variety of wildflowers where truly breathtaking.

Royal Hakea - Hakea victoria – seen at East Mount Barren
Rusty Hakea - Hakea ferruginea - seen along John Forrest Road
Qualup Bell - Pimelea physodes - seen at East Mount Barren

Scarlet Banksia - banksia coccinea – seen along Springdale Road
Fishing at 12 mile beach - you can see East Mount Barren in the distance

 Coastal roads run from Hopetoun for over 50km west to Quoin Head (although currently closed for major upgrading) and 40km east to Starvation Bay.  The west features mountains, rugged cliffs and sheltered beaches, whilst the east has long beaches below limestone cliffs.  Most beaches are accessible by 2WD, and then accessed on foot from the carparks. Vehicles cannot be driven onto most of the beaches due to steep dunes or cliffs, helping to preserve their natural beauty.  The coast is visited during June to October by Southern Right Whales during calving as they journey south to Antarctica for summer.

 The guidebook, “Hopetoun and Its Coastline”, which we had purchased from the Ravensthorpe Visitor Centre, is a very handy reference giving distances to the various beaches as well as other useful information. 

To read this full article, please see "On the Road" magazine, July 2012 edition.

 I am linking up to Mosaic Monday - to see the work of Mary and other wonderful contributors, please click on the link - Mosaic Monday at Little Red House

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always very valuable and appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a wonderful week.

You might also lilke my previous post - Hopetoun & Fitzgerald National Park

Friday, 22 June 2012

A little cake for Friday

A little cake for Friday - yes you can have your cake and eat it too! Bought especially to photograph - but oh so delicious to eat.

Have a wonderful weekend - and let there be chocolate cake!

If you would like some more delicious delights - I would love you to come over to my food set on Flickr - just click here - Jill's Flickr food set

and remember - if you have only one piece of cake, and three friends, remember the "rule of thirds" and make sure you have three forks!

If you have a food photography project coming up, let me know, I would love to help you with it! 

I value your comments on my page, and look forward to hearing from you.  

Friday, 15 June 2012

Photography project on a wet windy day

 We have had wet wild and windy weather here last week - two big storms within three days with cyclonic gale force winds, trees and fences down, roofs lost, boats wrenched from their moorings, trampolines tossed about, and power outages (some people without power for 1, 2 or 3 days - my friend was without power for 6 days!)  We lost part of our back side fence and lost power on Monday 6.30am to 4pm, and then Tuesday night when the second round of storms came, from 6.15pm till sometime in the early morning hours. 

An image I took in the dark on Tuesday night.....had to adjust the levels so you can see it!

The power is now back on and all is calm - so what would you do for a day without power?

Here are a few wintery images from around my garden.....

Monday is my day off my paid work - so this is what I did without power last Monday - 

- rummaged in the camper trailer to find a kettle so I could boil some water for a cuppa on the BBQ wok burner. Do you know the you can heat soup on there pretty well too for your lunch - a wok burner has a host of uses. Dragged out some candles in case we needed them tonight.

- brought in wood and lit the fire

- spent an hour or so photographing a few vegies in natural light outside under the patio - well that's all the light there was today - it was a good exercise for my food photography using TV priority. 

- when it stopped raining I pruned the lavender bush, and chopped out one that had died,  picked up fallen oranges from under the orange tree, and took some photos around the garden.

- rang the RAC & reported our claim for the fallen fence.

- edited a travel article. 

- spoke to my son and my father.

- delivered my husband up to school at 7am - he took kids on an overnight camp in Perth today!!!....fun! 

- sorted through a whole heap of dragon boat paper work going back years and ditched it all - they say clearing out is good for the soul. I can now see the corner of my study - well sort of - there is still a box of dragon boat stuff there....couldn't throw all of it - too many good memories. 

- decided the only thing in my fridge that really needed to be kept really cold was the milk and the sliced ham and left over roast chicken, so put them in the freezer. Lucky it was cold today. Everything in the fridge and freezer has survived. 

- My youngest son was sent home from work, as they closed the workshop, so have had his company today - he has been sitting doing his Word Sleuths all day. As soon as the power came back on at 4pm he turned on the "Wii" straight away!

*** What I didn't do - sit on the computer all day!!!! 

Here is some images from Monday......taken in natural light on my back patio.....

Honey fresh from our friends hives....sweet and delicious.............
some autumn leaves..........

last few lavender blooms...........

Raindrops on leaves...........

and a rosebud sheltered by the opening petals of the white rose -
with words from Mother Teresa......

"It is not what we do but how much love we put into doing it"   (Extract from her address in Rome May 1982)

for Kim's Beyond Layers e-class using her texture "peony'.
I've used 2 layers of the "peony" texture in "soft light" mode. 

To everyone in the South West of Western Australia, I hope you all came through the storm, and didn't suffer too much damage. 

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. To see beautiful images from Mary and the other wonderful contributors at Mosaic Monday please click on the link - Mosaic Monday

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

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Book Spine Poetry

The latest challenge for Kim's "Beyond Layers" e-course was for "book spine poetry". I hadn't heard of it before, but it was fun, looking through my shelves of books and putting titles together. 
Here is my offering. 
 Just read the titles - 

Whatever you do, don't run
Sinning across Spain
Eat pray love
In the Hands of Providence
Under the Tuscan sun.

 Had another go at "book spine poetry" tonight - using books all set in Africa.

Just read the titles -

Desert dawn
Dry water
Elephant dance
Slow journey south
Out of Africa

Two layers of Kim's "Zuzu" texture in "soft light"

To take look at Kim's blog and check out her fabulous e-courses - click here - kimklassencafe