Weekly Photo Challenge – Wanderlust

This week’s WPC theme is Wanderlust, seems so fitting this last few weeks.

Definition – a strong desire to travel.

In the last month or so I have been doing quite a bit of travel. We drove from Melbourne up to Broken Hill and Silverton and back through Swan Hill……..magically Outback Australia, nothing like it. We then after a Brief stop at home went back out on the road this driving up the Coast to Victorian Gippsland Region. From the red dirt of the Australian Outback to the pristine wilderness of Australia’s Coastline……yes I call that Wanderlust.

And it doesn’t stop there, we are off again a bit later in the year and I am already making plains for trips next year!

~ Julz

Impressions of the Australian Outback

As I am sure you all know by now all about my Outback Adventure, I have finally posted all the journal notes, finished editing the photos, but I wanted to take it a step further; I am a digital artist after all. So I created several artworks, which are actually for sale. Contact me for details.

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Day Dream Mine

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Walk About

Mungo Plains

Mungo Plains

The Woolshed

The Old Wool Shed

Some of these are more of a painterly effect and some a little more abstract, but the colour and tones are very much the Australian Outback, with Cobalt Blue skies and earth of red, orange and yellow ochre, wide open spaces and harsh horizons.

~ Julz

 

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE:WEEK 31 – EMPTY SPACE

After a bit of a break we are back with the 52 Week Challenge by The Girl Who Dreams Awake, this week negative space. I have three images all so stark and so very different, but all using negative space to highlight and embrace the single object.DSC_9092DSC_8903dsc_3232

Sometimes it’s good to have a break, life happens and these things require our attention, I think that is the beauty of this community, you can take a break and then come back to open arms and pick up right where you left off!.

~ Julz

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Winter and Water

So Cee’s Fun Foto theme this week is Winter or Water.…..water I have plenty of, but I had to hunt down the few Winter photos (well that look like Winter). We don’t get much snow in these parts, just grey skies and drizzle mostly…….but last year we went to the snow regions of Victoria and actually saw a little snow; just enough to make a snowman!

Til next week, safe travels and happy snapping…

~ Julz

Meet Grant Alexander McDougall

I normally don’t do street photography, I rarely strike up conversations with complete strangers on the street either, but a recent trip into Fitzroy had me cross paths with Grant, a very cool dude with whom I chatted with for a while, introduced myself, asked if I could take his photo, I gave him my business card and asked him to contact me. I probably should have gotten his details as well. I hope he does contact me…..I’d love to give him a copy of these images. As part of my year of Brave-R, I am pushing myself to expand and try things I normally would not do, challenge myself to overcome silly fears. I mean it is drummed into us as kids DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS……strangers, in some cases are just friends, you have not met yet. Others have random meaning, I may not ever meet this gentleman again, but he will have left a mark on me. I wonder if I left a mark on him?

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Isn’t it funny what Karma will throw at you if you open you heart and mind to possibilities? Have a fantastic week my friends…

~ Julz

Share Your World, 26th April, 2017

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink? Water, soft drink….it depends on how thirsty, how hot I am etc. My most go to drink is actually a coffee, but of late I will sometimes be found with a Pimms, Lemonade and Ginger Ale……I know, so old-fashioned aren’t I? Actually I was introduced to this drink in New Zealand a few years ago, as they did not have rum, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. jumped out of an air plane, nor killed a person (Not planning on doing either anytime soon, but if I had to do them to safe my life or that of a loved one…..I might be capable.

If you could be given any gift what would it be? Time off for being creative and the joy it brings me, time to just BE. I don’t get much down time, nor just ME time, and I do enjoy it.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive? I frequently toss and turn, especially if it’s cold out and the bed is snug and warm. When it is real bad I get up and try to do something productive, but relaxing, like create art, or scroll through post, web pages etc looking for inspiration. Sometimes I jot things down in my journal that are floating around my brain…..it gets them out so I can sleep better.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

On Friday I went on annual leave (again) and on Saturday Hubby and I drove up the coast and spent a few wonderful days exploring at part of the coast we have not been to before. We saw a glorious sunrise and sunset, and 3 days of great weather, the fourth day was horrible so we left in the morning instead of the afternoon to come home.

I am still on holidays and just catching up on stuff around here, but later in the week I am getting together with friends from my Awake Artistry course from Australia and New Zealand for 4 days of fun, exploration and photography. It will be so nice to meet so many people face to face. Some I know through WP as well. It should be a great time.

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Sunset over Warratah Bay – available to purchase as canvas, metal or acrylic

I have just put this image up for sale on my website, first of the art from our recent Inverloch trip. This is Warratah Bay a favourite spot from out trip.

Don’t forget to visit Cee’s page for all the details and everyone else’s blog. Til next time, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Tuesday’s Textures…

After my Outback Adventure this is the first piece of art I created…..more abstract than my usual art. I have recently discovered an artist Marcela Bolivar, wonderful stuff go check her out. But I did manage to download some of her creative backgrounds from her Deviantart page, which I have been using. The tree image is by Marko Rautavesi from my Awak Collaboration Group. There is also some Anna Aspnes stuff and my own bits and pieces too. I also employed a fair bit of Typography; also not my ‘thing’ but here I feel it works.

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Art is the air I breathe

~ Julz

Monday’s Musings…

I am writing this from our hotel in Inverloch, grabbing a quick rest after a very long day. We were up at 5am to shoot sunrise back at Warratah Bay….paradise. We acually visited this spot 3 times in 4 days.

We have been visting this little stretch of coastline for three days and still two days to go. I hope the weather holds out. 

I am exhausted and sore, so many stairs, everywhere we go. Steep slopes and stairs 😣 my legs are so sore. But what an amazing area. Will post more soon. 

Until next time…happy snapping

-Julz

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Something starting with O or P

I have not posted in the challenge for awhile……but back with this week’s fun letters, for Cee’s B&W Photography Challenge. I didn’t seem to have anything with letter ‘O’ from our recent trip, but how about a Paddle Steamer (PS GEM) and some large Paintings of People?

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Paddle Steamer – PS Gem, Swan Hill.

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Silo Art, Sheep Hills, Vic

So that is it for today, short and sweet. Til next week, safe travels and happy snapping…

~ Julz

 

 

Our Outback Adventure, Day 8

Swan Hill – Melbourne 337 kms 3.5 hours

Our last day, so we treated ourselves to a small sleep in and rose late, visited the Pioneer Settlement again to see what was missed the day before. We ran into many of our friends who had not managed to visit the settlement, day before. We had a fun horse drawn carriage ride around the old town and then bid goodbye to our friends and Swan Hill. We stopped at a few spots on our way to Bendigo; Lake Boga, Bridgewater and a few others.

We were going to spend one more day touring and spend the night in Bendigo, but ended up cutting our tip short, due to expansive severe storms heading that way. Crossing the Great Dividing Range we literally passed from clear blue skies with fluffy white clouds into black skies and turbulent winds. Massive thunderstorms threatened us with lighting in the distance and huge dust storms. Areas reported hail and torrential rain, we made it home just before the rains hit. We received a months worth of rain that evening!

 

All in all, it was a wonderful trip, amazing scenery, wonderful weather, good friends and far too much sitting (long stretches in the car) and so much dust! One good thing about the storms…washed most of my car clean 🙂 (Still took Hubby over 4 hours to clean it!)

We had not even edited all the photos yet and everyone has been excitedly discussing where we should go for our group trip next year! I need to get over this one first, I still have a very full month ahead of me too.

So we did Melbourne – Maldon – St Arnaud – Mildura – Broken Hill – Silverton – Mungo – Swan Hill – Melbourne………2,490kms of mostly dirt road. I have no idea how much fuel, I didn’t think to keep a total. And you know what I just realised? Apart from fuel and food…I did not spend a cent! No shopping, what a good girl am I 🙂

Personal Highlights for me had to have been Silverton and Mundi Mundi Plains, as well as Menindee Lakes, I did enjoy Mungo immensely and just the open road and open country side; I love the Australian Outback, almost as much as I love the open water. I just didn’t realise til I was out there how much. I felt a sense of calm and bliss, at no stage did I feel stressed or anxious. As much as it was tiring and lots of travel I came home completely relaxed and happier than I have been for months.

Til our next adventure (very, very soon) safe travels and happy snapping…oh and our next trip? We are heading for the ocean again, this time out past Gippsland, but more on that in a week or two.

~ Julz

Day 7