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seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.
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.
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Sunday, 4 January 2015

And that's a wrap - 2014 and my 365 Project

And so 2014 is at an end. What a year it has been. When I started my 365 project back on 1 January 2014 I could not have imagined where the year would take me. It has been interesting to look back over my year in pictures. At times the project has been challenging and I didn't think I would be able to maintain taking at least one photo every day, but I have and it has been immensely enjoyable and very rewarding. During times when life has been a little tough, my camera has been my solace, and a welcome distraction. 

To read more please click on "read more"


Very few of my images where planned in advance. The food shots, yes, but the rest was just life as it was during 2014. They are a snapshot of my life. Some days I just quickly took an image on my way home from work, but I guess even this tells something about those days. I am not sure if I can stop now the 365 is done. I am still taking photos, just in case I do a second 365!

In keeping with a fresh start for 2015 I have updated my blog to a brighter fresher look. Same layout just a new colour scheme. What do you think?

And no this pic wasn't taken on my way home from work! 


You can check our the other months of my Project 365 by clicking here - 365 Project 2014

And so here it is the last month of my Project 365 - 1-31 December - days 335-365.

Below is 1-16 December -
Magazines in our newsagent (Australian Traveller has just contacted me about using some of my wildflower images), garlic chive flower heads, quiche and muffin lunch at my desk, my flamenco group Sol-y-Sombra performing the Fire Dance at the end of year windup, our new 4WD, paper butterflies, arriving home to my sanctuary my home, cherries in a billy-can, gardenia in my garden, my grandsons in the hospital chapel (we had just gone to visit their Dad who had had a shoulder operation and they wanted to visit the chapel), flowering red gum, start of summer at Koombana Bay beach, Christmas baubles (I had just been to a special memorial service for people whose loved ones had passed away this past year and we were all given a hand made glass Christmas bauble), creating handprints at Lava Glass, ginger star biscuits, quick & easy savoury muffins.







 For 17-31 December - day 351 to 365 - we have -
home made plum jam gift for a friend, yellow summer flowers, inflatable Father Christmas on a shopping centre roof, smile in a coffee cup, Perth city skyline while driving over the bridge (no I wasn't driving), grandson #1 painting in a cardboard box, sunset sky, shady church pathway, Christmas table, new units on land where my parent's home used to be, My great-nephew's 2nd birthday cake, flowering Australian Christmas tree, post Christmas sales, grandson #2 having fun in the pool, New Year's eve sparklers.



Below is another look at that native Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda), and a close up below..... it is a magnificent splash of yellow this time of year.




This last 4 months has been a difficult one for our family loosing two parents. As the sun set on 2014 and we prepared for the funeral of my dear mother-in-law who passed away peacefully on 26 December, I am grateful for the special joys of our children and grandchildren, and look forward to all that 2015 may bring.

As Gayle at Behind the Garden Gate in per blog post "Piecework Quilt" says, life is like a patchwork quilt with light and dark colours. As I look back over 2014 I know this to be true.  You can read Gayle's beautiful post by clicking here - Behind the Garden Gate-Piecework Quilt


Thank you for supporting me by visiting my blog during 2014. I sincerely thank you for taking the time to visit and to comment. I enjoy visiting your blogs, and always endeavor to visit you too, but sometimes life just gets in the way. 
I am planning a few life changes in 2015, and I look forward to sharing them with you. 
I wish you and yours health and happiness in 2015 and for you to fulfill your dreams.

Until then, thank you for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Do you make New Year resolutions? Perhaps you would like to share in the comments. Have a wonderful week.

my home made door wreath includes Australian native seed pods, nuts and leaves
I am linking up to Mosaic 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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29 comments:

  1. You did it and with all that you went through, you have arrived gracefully on the other side. Bless your heart. 365 days of taking an image a day. I can do that, it would be something that I am pretty sure that I do daily anyway. It gives me a thought to try it. Hugs to you for this new year Jill and may all be so much easier for you and your family~

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    1. you could easily do a 365 project Mary. I always carry a camera with me, so mostly it wasn't a big deal - just took a bit of thought to make sure I took one every day.

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  2. Congratulations on your 365 day photography challenge Jill, your December review is varied and interesting.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother-in-law. My father passed away on December 23rd last year so I know how difficult it is losing a parent at Christmastime. It was a rough winter and spring last year, but I did feel better when the nice weather came in the summer and we went on holidays. I hope the same for you.

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    1. thank you so much Grace. Only a few months after the passing of my own father made it all the more difficult and emotional. But summer is here and 2015 is yet to be written.

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  4. Years like 2014 when you lost two loved ones are challenging and it's good to look back and see that you made it through. Your images are beautiful and congratulations on being contacted about publication. I hope that 2015 brings much joy.

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  5. The 365 project was an amazing undertaking especially when life got challenging for you but you did it, such a wonderful achievement. Your images are stunning, it isn't at all surprising that a magazine wishes to publish them! Best wishes for 2015 from Normandy.

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  6. Hello Jill, you had a beautiful series of images for your 365 project.. Your grandson are so cute. And congrats on your images being published.. Some sad times and happy memories of your past year, I enjoyed the images. And I look forward to seeing what you do in 2015, happy New Year to you and your family..

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  7. Catherine Curnow5 January 2015 at 22:26

    Wow! Not only are they beautiful photos, you have shared a whole year of your life, and memories, with us. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Congratulations Jill,that is a fantastic effort, well done

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  9. Love your work Jill, congratulations xxx

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  10. Jill I am sorry for your loss and I dearly hope 2015 is kind to you and yours....your photo project has been an inspiration!

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  11. So sorry to hear about your losses. Hoping this year is a kind and lovely one.

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  12. Jill, I am very sorry about your losses! I hope your 2015 will be a good and happy one!
    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures, I visit again and again with much pleasure! Especially your first picture here made my day - it felt like holiday!
    All the best to you!
    Ioana

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  13. Well done Jill, a nice collection of images. An image a day for 365 days is dedication

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  14. I just love your photos, especially that you capture many different kinds of pics. People, food, landscape, flowers -- all beautiful.

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  15. Congratulations on completing the 365 day challenge. I have enjoyed seeing your wonderful photos and stories about your travels. I hope your proposed life changes during the next year are a success. I made my major life changes during 2014 so I'm going to take it easy this year!

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    1. thanks Kathy. watch this space for more on life changes soon!

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  16. Bravo for completing this challenge, I don't I could do something like that myself especially when I'm consumed with so many other projects, but it looks like it worked out well for you with commissions, congrats.

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  17. Your 365 project looked like a great way to record your life over the year. Life is made up of lots of little moments and this shows some of them. I have enjoyed looking at your photos and seeing your travels. I hope 2015 is a bright and happy year for you.

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  18. I love that you are considering another 365. Even just posting one photo each day the process does take a while. I am in awe of you!

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    1. Hi Jan, considering...not sure yet.... But I made my 365 easy on myself by taking a photo every day, but NOT posting every day. When you do a 365 it is YOUR project - so don't be governed by what other's expect!
      Have a great 2015.

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  19. I wish you all the best, Jill, as you contemplate the life changes you mentionned. I look forward to another year of beautiful posts.

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    1. oh my goodness....I was just thinking about you only a few days ago and wondered how things were with you down at Pondside. Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to check out where you are at over on your blog right now!

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  20. I am so, so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law, especially so soon after you lost your own father. I am sending hugs all around the world to you and your family. Your photos, as always, are lovely. I am especially intrigued by the handprints in the lava glass. I'd love to do that with my own kids. I've always wondered if Australians living in Malaysia feel less weird celebrating Christmas when it's hot outside. Coming from the USA, it seems that it should be cold instead.

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  21. I must be a low-commitment kind of gal - I SO admire your achievement and it must be wonderful to have such a comprehensive record of your year - but the thought of taking a photo (at least of your quality!) every day is VERY scary!! Maybe I just need a bit more discipline!! I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings you - and I LOVE the new look of your blog!

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