The Power of Words

Today I wanted to touch on something that could be life saving or life destroying.

That is the power of words.

Sometimes when someone is feeling down, depressed or just sad, the words we say to them become imprinted on their soul and either reinforce the negatives or give them positives to hang on to.

I was struggling recently with some personal issues and found myself struggling to believe in myself, I wanted to reach out to people without going into to much detail. We were travelling so unable to go and see the ones I know would support me. So I put a post on facebook.

Most of the people I know amazed me with their genuine compassion and those who sent texts of encouragement, know that I cried as I read each of them, they meant so much, but on comment was, “Toughen up Princess”

This was very nearly my undoing. It seemed to blow away all the positives and reinforce all the negatives I had ever been told. Three words very nearly negated all the hundreds of positive ones.

Please don’t judge others or speak words carelessly when someone is reaching out. If someone was drowning I wonder if that same person would say, “learn to swim” and walk away and leave the person to drown. As if I could have swum or in this case toughened up I would have already done that.

Remember it is not just about walking in another persons shoes, it is about walking in their shoes with their blistered and bleeding feet.

For all those who were able to be there for me thankyou so much, these next photos are for all of you.

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Learn how to Photograph Flowers and/or Night Photography

Macro either excites people or terrifies them.

Flowers are a favourite starting point for many people wanting to get into macro photography, for two reasons. One is that they are readily available and two there are lots that aren’t really small.

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A blue/purple wildflower in the bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

For others it is their love of gardening that draws them to photography and eventually macro as they want to record the changes that happen in their garden.

Flowers are favourites for photographers as well. They have a great range of colour and form and they tap into our memories, so they help us to express an emotion or tell a story.

The June Photography Dash is on Flowers and/or night photography, so it is a great way to start your journey into macro photography or unleash your creativity in light painting.

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Close up of sturt pea

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Learn how framing, angles and depth of field all influence how the image will look. Learn what lighting to use, learn when the best time to take flower photography is.

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An exotic spider orchid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can learn how to take wonderful photos that show your flowers off in their best light.

The other stream of the Dash for June is Night Photography, so join one or both Dashes and take your photography to the next level.

After you have signed up to the Dash you will get an email asking you if you want to upgrade to Gold.

You don’t have to, to learn, but this is an amazing opportunity.

For less than a cup of coffee a day you can have a professional photographer as your coach. They will look at your images, tell you what you have done right and what you can improve, but better than that they will tell you HOW to get it right.

This is an interactive course where you can learn in a unique environment. Take this opportunity today, it is one that most people would not be able to afford if they had to hire a professional photographer direct, but that has been made affordable through being part of the Dash.

Dashers also form a great community of like minded people. Many participants have gone on to form lasting friendships, both with other participants and with the professional coaches. Are you serious about your photography? Click on the link now.

Not into flowers, but want to get creative with Night Photography? We have you covered too.

The two Dashes run simultaneously, You can do one or both.

In the Night photography stream you will learn what gear to use, what settings work best, how to have fun with light painting and much more.

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You too can take amazing photos, don’t hesitate, take the plunge now.

There is another lunar eclipse happening soon, prepare now so you will know how to when the moment arrives.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a semi-pro this course will help you take your images to the next level. Be part of The Photography Dash now!

Wreath Flowers

I have always wanted to see  real wreath flower. I had seen pictures, but I wanted to see one for myself.  Wreath flowers are a unique and  beautiful Western Australia wildflower. They grow in expanding circles, with the flowers appearing around the edges forming a living wreath. They bloom a vivid deep pink and white, some are mainly white and a dusty pink, some are vibrant red. Flower fanatics come from everywhere to see these beauties for themselves. The plants grow on disturbed ground, so recently graded roads are a great place to see them. They only grow in certain locations and at certain times of the year, generally between late August and November, depending on rainfall. There is a section of the mid west of WA where they grow. We found some a tPerenjori, Morowa and the Morowa to Yalgoo Road. If you go to the local tourist information they will tell you the best places to go.

Their botanical name is Lechenaultia macrantha. Lechenaultia macrantha is placed in the family Goodeniaceae, nearly all of which are found in Australia’s arid regions.

Okay, I’ve kept you in suspense long enough…..here they are

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Lechenaultia macrantha is a species of low growing plant found on sandy or gravelly soils in Western Australia.

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Two wreath flowers up on the bank of a gravel pit

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This is how they start growing

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A pink and white wreath flower

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Dark pink and white wreath flower

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Close up of the flowers of Lechenaultia macrantha

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Looking for flowers

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A beautiful example of a wreath flower

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These wreaths love to grow around other trees

Travelling in the Outback

We are travelling from Broome to Coral Bay and will be stopping in Exmouth on the way, so I thought I would include some of the iconic wildflower of Western Australia, the Sturt Desert Pea. This wildflower is a vivid red with a black center and adds dramatic colour to the landscape. I will add more wildflowers as we travel further through the area, but here is a taste to wet your appetite.

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An iconic western australian wildflower

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Sturt pea in the australian outback

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A cluster of peas on a bush

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Close up of sturt pea

Early strut pea

This is a sturt desert pea waiting to open into full flower

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Looking at the Sturt Pea from above