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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.



Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hello 2017!

As so here we are 2017 already! amazing. I wonder what 2017 will bring.  

Before I start this post I want to share a little pic of what many Australians do on New Years Day - go to the beach of course! Yesterday we spent the day with our extended family at my sister's summer beach house.  How did you spend your New Years Day?

Do you make New Year resolutions? I'm not going to make any outlandish New Year resolutions. But I do hope to travel more, photograph more, write more, exercise more, eat more healthy, listen, be still, spend more time with family and friends, and be brave to put "myself out there". This last one probably means being brave to take new opportunities that come along which may test me and take me out of my comfort zone. It might also mean taking a risk and exposing myself to critique by entering a few photography competitions.

But for today I send a prayer for PEACE throughout our troubled world, and a prayer that people will be kinder and more tolerant of others despite their race, creed, abilities, looks, financial status.... whatever. We all have a story, and we don't know all of the story of those around us. As they say, we can't walk in the shoes of others. So please don't judge, don't try to push your beliefs onto others. Just try to be a good person, listen, be open, and try to understand. 

The last couple of days I've been playing around with what I hesitantly call "fine art photography". I know it isn't for everyone, and I know I have a long way to go. But I hope to experiment more with fine art photography in 2017. 

Please click here to see my slant on fine art...

And also to do more with black and white - or mono - photography. This is my Flamenco dance teacher Nicole. So elegant, even putting on shoes!  (that's me in the background - and yes I deliberately put myself in the shot - it's a story about both of us 😊 )

You can click here to read more about fine art photography at Digital Photography School 
They are a wonderful resource for all things photography.
They say: " The work should be about you, and what you are passionate about. Don’t worry about what other people think. If you know what your vision is, what your subject is, and how you want to create your work, then your statement should come easily and you will find yourself on a new path, an exciting one."

I hope you enjoy this little selection from my summer garden.

lavender with Quiet Dreams texture from Kim Klassen

some blur amongst the leafy plants in my garden

And spinifex in the late afternoon light from way up in the Pilbara

 I hope your 2017 as started well. I wish you all that you dream for in 2017.

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!


Mosaic Monday 
Life Thru the Lens 

Our World Tuesday
Through My Lens 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global
Travel Photo Thursday
The Lovin' Life Team over at Lifestyle Fifty
The Weekly Postcard 
Sky Watch Friday


  1. Your photos are all just stunning and the header with its yellow a balsam for the soul! I wish you a splendid 2017!

  2. Dear Jill, Happy New Year! I echo your sentiments for 2017, may all of your dreams and wishes come true.
    The floral images are stunning, ditto the black and white shot in the dance studio. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your art photography this year.

  3. I love the goals you have mentioned and your prayer for peace. Looks like a perfect day to me...a day at the beach! Happy new year!

  4. Beautiful images! Happy New Year!

  5. I, too, pray for peace and tolerance in the new year. Not happy at all about who will soon be our president but I cannot change things. He scares me and all my friends.

  6. Stunning images of your garden Jill. I haven't made any New Year's Resolutions but just one word for 2017, which is "foster". I'm aiming to foster my blog, promote my Ebook and pitch my freelance writing skills to get more writing work. Happy New Year. :)

  7. I love that Australians go to the beach on New Years Day!! Good for you on your resolutions and interest in fine art photography. I am not there yet and am yet just a lowly picture taker and probably never a photographer but I'm convinced that staying true to your vision leads not just to more satisfaction for you, but others respond to that vision as opposed to trying to determine what people want.
    Also, I love your flowers. Everything here is on a continuum from brown to grey.
    Take care and have a great New Year!!

  8. Absolutely stunning photography Jill and I love your resolutions. Happy New Year to you.

  9. Enjoyed your post very much. Love the photo. I like to read what other people are dreaming about for their new year--I often find my own inspiration this way.

    I wish you the best year as you follow your photography dreams

  10. All very creative photos ~ such elegance ~ love your photo style ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year ~ ^_^

  11. I really like all of these and the different techniques that you are using with them...really beautiful. You have so much talent and I am always very interested to see what you have to share with us. Happy New Year to you and your family Jill. Hugs~

  12. Hi Jill, what a lovely set of photographs. This may sound daft but the softness in the focus makes me feel like I can almost smell the flowers in the photos. Am checking out what fineart photography is right now.

    Popping over from #ThroughMyLens.


  13. Heisann.... what a wonderful post in words and photos... I have a post about New Year resolutions´ history, and I have one myself this year! My text is normally in Norwegian, but you have the opportunity to translate it into bad English ....And I just join a photo competition, some minutes ago, check https://dinebilder.tv2.no/verfoto/bilder/1#allebidrag, with the photo you like!!!!! Funny...
    Thanks for your nice comment, wish you a happy and peaceful new year ,:OD)

  14. Marvelous photos of the flowers and plants and the beach too.
    Best regards, Synnöve

  15. Imagination may take courage the first time, but then it becomes an addiction, lol! Love how you captured the flowers! Have a happy New Year:)

  16. We spent our New Year's huddled inside while a cold spell gripped (and continues to do so) the state. Love your plans/resolutions for the new year, especially with the focus of moving outside your comfort zone. I think that keeps us sharper somehow and makes life more exciting. As always, your photos are stunning!

  17. Your fine art photographs are breathtaking Jill... I simply love the gerbera one! I love your pursuit of challenging yourself and pushing your photography skills, and I plan to do the same... always moving forward, right! :) Hope your 2017 is off to a wonderful start... xo


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