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.
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, 21 May 2017

Down in the woods today.... in the Western Australian bush

We took a drive up to the bush today inland from Harvey about an hour or so from home. I love walking in the bush as long as it is not too hot, which it wasn't today with winter starting to take its grip on Western Australia's south west.

This area is predominantly jarrah forest. There were no wildflowers out yet, I will have to wait for spring for that, but did I care? No not one bit. There is always something to photograph. And anyways just being in the bush, walking, absorbing the quietness, and then sitting with our cup of soup and bread for lunch, was just perfect for me. 

There are greens

 The Prickly Hakea - Hakea amplexicaulis - which flowers August to October. I love the way the prickly wavy leaves wrap themselves around the stem. The flowers sit on top of these leaves. 

This was taken last year - not quite open

The Leucopogon verticillatus, or Tassel flower, is the tallest epacrid in Western Australia. Its striking form and similarity to bamboo made it the first Western Australia export to Japan, where it is used in flower arrangement. The small flowers form tassels of pink or red. This is an understory plant which grows in heavy soils in Karri, Jarrah, Tingle and similar forests in the south-west.  Wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucopogon_verticillatus

There are browns on the forest floor, and in dying leaves - which are still beautiful

There is bark. I love the textures of bark. The one the left and right are burnt bark. Some of this bush land was devastated by the horrific bushfires which raged through Western Australia's south west in January 2015. I showed you some pictures in my blog post - Bushwalking at Hoffmans Mill
It is good to see the forest is slowly regenerating.  

In that particular blog post I showed you images of the bushfire devastated bushland and the historic Long Gully Bridge which was destroyed in those bushfires. The bridge had been an important river crossing for the Bibbulmun Track over the Murray River.  Sad to say the bridge has not yet been replaced and there is now a 30 kilometre diversion in place on the track. Please make sure if you intend walking on the Bibbulmun Track that you contact them or check their website for up-to-date information, track closures and diversion etc.  
 Here is their link - Bibbulmun Track and a link which shows images of the historic bridge and ways to donate - Bridge the Gap

My favourite "Snotty Gobble" top left hand corner below - which I shared with you last year - Enjoying the Australian bush - and at the top right hand corner I think is the Couch Honeypot - Dryandra lindleyana. I saw it flowering for the first time last year, and was fairly sure of its identity. It is a low ground plant. Below that are fresh and dried versions of fern.

And a photo of the Couch Honeypot which I took in late September last year. 

There are also other treasures to discover hiding in the undergrowth. The sun kissing the orange-red of a fallen leaf.


And how about playing around with some blur just for the fun of it. I hope this image doesn't make your head spin!

And the best thing? Being out in the fresh air away from the stresses of life, indulging my passion for photography, and it's free!

 Lastly..... today I was reading in The West Australian weekend newspaper about the creator of Canva, Western Australian Perth girl Melanie Perkins, in 2012. They now have over  100 team members from 12 countries in 3 offices, and have created over 100 million designs and have over 10 million users. So I thought I should have a look at Canva. At the moment I am using Picmonkey for my collages (it is super easy to use), but it looks like Canva have lots of cool features. Obviously it takes a little to find your way around (I can't figure out how to just get a basic 6 opening template yet.....), but here is a small start.  I'm not sure I like the way they just changed the colours of the leaves without me asking them to. What do you think?
I was wondering what program do you use for your collages?

Do you enjoy bushwalking? Perhaps you'd like to tell us about your favourite bushwalking track in the comments. 
In the meantime, thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you have enjoyed this little walk in the Western Australian bush in late autumn with me. I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time to stop by, look, and comment. I will try in return to visit your blogs.  Have a wonderful week. 

I just found this site you might find of interest -
Wildflower Society of Western Australia

You might also enjoy -
Enjoying the Australian bush
Bushwalking at Hoffmans Mill, Harvey
It's time to be out on the Bibbulmun Track again 

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Dardanup Art Spectacular and Art Trail

I very much enjoyed being involved in the Dardanup Art Spectacular and Art Trail held from the 29 April to 7 May, located in and around Dardanup and the beautiful Ferguson Valley in Western Australia's south west.

The annual art spectacular exhibition, and competition, by local and other artists in the Dardanup Hall was the introduction to a nine day exploration of local galleries, wineries, and restaurants showcasing art, crafts and produce from the region, whilst travelling through the beautiful Ferguson Valley. As well as seeing artists at work, some venues also had free musical performances for visitors to enjoy as they sipped their coffee or wine. 

I was very happy to again be invited to set up my pop-up-shop at Lyndendale Gallery on Crooked Brook Road, on Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend of the trail, where I was able to sell some of my photography, photo cards, cushions, tote bags and eco-dyed scarves. A huge thank you to our gracious hostess, printmaker and mixed media artist Denise Gillies, for giving me the opportunity to display my work.  

I had a lovely weekend on the verandah with fellow artists - acrylic artist Christine Blowfield, ceramic artist Tracie Anderson, artist Terry Madgwick, and artist and printmaker Elizabeth Royce, along with the inside exhibitors, mixed media artist Jacky McFarlane, and printmaker and mixed media artist Lynne Mitchell. 

As well as enjoy our chats on the front verandah, I enjoyed seeing these artists creating their works.  

Accompanied by the music wafting from the back verandah from the Bel Canto Singers, Tim Posey, Ruby Blue, Bob Burgess and others! Doesn't this look like a delightful setting to sit back and enjoy.
Along with a lovely bowl of soup and a hot roll at lunch time.

Even the cows came over to take a look over the fence to see what was happening

 And a lovely drive home through the valley at the end of the day.

As I was at Lyndendale all weekend, and busy all week, we decided to take some time out on Monday afternoon to take a drive out through the Ferguson to see "Follies by the Ferguson" on the property of Kim and Simon Wesley at Peppermint Lane Lodge on Wellington Mill Road.

Follies by the Ferguson, now in its third year, is an art sculpture trail set amongst the peppermint trees of their property which always enthralls. Here are just a few of the creative art pieces on display this year.

How about a wine bottle chandelier? You might like to look again at the two on the right. 

Or how about a whimsical up-cycled lampshade created by the group Yarnin' Knitters, with proceeds going to Solaris Care helping those going through cancer.

I hope you have enjoyed this small look at the Dardanup Art Spectacular and Trail. You can find out more and see more of the artworks by visiting their Facebook page here - Dardanup Art Spectacular

Do you have an annual art trail in your area. Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in your comments. 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 
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Our World Tuesday
Through My Lens 
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global
Travel Photo Thursday
The Lovin' Life Team over at Lifestyle Fifty

Monday, 24 April 2017

Anzac Day 25 April 2017

On Anzac Day morning at dawn we will join thousands of other Australians and New Zealanders who come together for Dawn Services at memorials in towns and cities across Australia and across the world to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free.  With service personnel still serving in conflicts overseas, Anzac Day goes beyond Gallipoli and as the crowds at Dawn Services grow each year it is still as relevant today as it was then. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. 
You can read more about the Dawn Service tradition here - Anzac Tradition 

Muffled voices. Shuffling feet. Drizzling rain. I pull up the collar of my coat. The beat of a single drum echoes up the street. Then the stamp of marching feet. I look through the rain towards the sound, see them emerge from the gloom into the flickering light of the street lamps.  Grim faced they pass us by, halt and turn as one towards the memorial. We bow our heads as the words are read. The lone bugle calls to the dawn. My tears mingle with the rain on my cheeks as I remember them. 

They were too young to die. My Great-Uncle Norman, aged 19, on the ridges of Gallipoli on 2 May 1915, and my husband’s Uncle Richard, aged 23, as a prisoner of war in Burma on 29 October 1943. Their lives had barely begun before it was snatched away. 
I never knew them. They were ghosts to me until I placed the poppies next to their names at the Canberra War Memorial in 2012. On that day they became real to me. My tears are for them.  

And for all those who died and those who returned maimed in body and spirit. Their youth and dreams lost in the pages of history.

Both these young men, are buried overseas as are thousands of others. Norman Albert Clayden at Lone Pine in Gallipoli and Richard Ramsden at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery in Myanmar (Burma). 

Norman Albert Clayden
Cemetery: Lone Pine Memorial Country: Turkey Area: Gallipoli
Rank: Lance Corporal Force: Army Official Number: 881 Unit: 11th Btn.Australian Infantry, A.I.F.  Nationality: Australian
Details: Killed in action 02/05/15 Age 19,  Son of William George and Clara Clayden, of Craigie, Kulyaling, Western Australia. Native of Pingelly.

I never knew what Norman looked like until last night when I discovered this blurred photo of Norman on the web - Discovering Anzacs

Richard Ramsden

Cemetery: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery Country: Myanmar Area: Yangon  
Rank: Gunner Force: Army Official Number: WX14461 Unit: A.I.F. 2/1 Hvy. Bty. Royal Australian Artillery Nationality: Australian
Details: Prisoner of War. Died of disease. 29-Oct-1943 Aged 23, Son of Philip Alfred and Janet Ramsden, of Perth, Western Australia. A16. C. 15. _______________________________________________________________________________

In January we felt privileged to be able to view the Spirit of Anzac Centenary travelling exhibition which tells the story of Australia's involvement in the First World War, featuring artifacts from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. 

Part of the exhibition was this fascinating display where you can look through the "camera" and view of the iconic photo of 11th Battalion taken on Sunday 10 January 1915 at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Most of the 704 men who posed for this iconic image have never been named or identified and it is likely that this is the last photograph of many of them.  I know my great-uncle is among them. But where? There is a project to identify these men. You can find out more here  - 11th Battalion Project

The images and stories throughout the exhibition, and also when we visited the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and the National Anzac Centre in Albany, left me with an overwhelming feeling and sense of the tragedy and waste of war - both for those who died and especially those who came back damaged in body and spirit. Those who returned were often suffering from "shell shock" or what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, as they struggled to return to their pre-war lives. 

Total Australian Casualties from World War 1 - 155,000 wounded, 61,514 deaths, 4,044 prisoners of war, deaths on Gallipoli 8,709.

Many who returned wanted to put their experiences behind them, many could not. Often they and their families suffered years of torment. Have we learnt from any of this?

 And the final panel of the exhibition -

Whatever these men did, nothing can alter now. The good and the bad, the greatness and the smallness of their story will stand. Whatever of glory it contains, nothing now can lessen. It rises, is it will always rise, above the mists of the ages, a monument to great-hearted men, and for their nation, a possession forever. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Do you reflect on a passed loved one on Anzac Day? Perhaps you'd like to share in the comments. 

You can search for the war records of your family member at the National Archives of Australia here -  NAA - Service Records

You might also like to visit - 
War Letters home
I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.

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