The Power of Words


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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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Orchid Season is here


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Let the treasure hunt begin….

 For those of you who have been following my photography for a while you will know how much I enjoy going out looking for the tiny terrestrial orchids that grow in Australia.Well it’s that time again and here are a few we have found so far.
Common Bunny orchid

There are quite a few different bunny orchids, so the search was on to find as many as possible, This is just one of them, a common bunny

Hare orchid

Hare Orchid. I left the finger in to show you the size.

Leporella

Another shot of a hare, they really do look like a hare pooping up

Praecoxanthus

Leafless Orchid.
This shows you a close up and the environment they are found in.

such amazing detail

close up of the leafless orchid, aren’t the colors beautiful

Cyrtostylis huegelii

This is a midge orchid, it looks like little midges attaching the stem.

Helmet Orchid

This is the tiny helmet orchid, it is about the size of a pinky fingernail and grows in moist damp areas close to the ground or in rotting tree stumps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a few to wet your appetite, I will upload more as time permits, between searching and sleeping:))

New Skate Park in Busselton


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There is great happenings afoot in good old Busso, what with all the foreshore redevelopment, miles and miles of bike tracks, a great history that you can learn about at the old courthouse and yes,t he latest edition the HUGE skate park.

When I say HUGE i have not been to many so you will need to check it out for yourself. It has tow bowls, a smaller on and a larger very deep one as well as lots of skate tracks with all manner of aids to jumping and doing tricks off.

 

skate park

small bowl, skate park Busselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the small bowl and looks like a lot of fun. Before I go on though I want to add a little word about safety. Please all wear your helmets, one fall can do a lot of damage. The sprinklers are making some of the ramps slippery at the moment so be aware that it is dangerous to use the park when it is wet. The sprinklers are being adjusted and as of next week most will only come on at night, which brings me to the problem of people breaking the sprinklers, they are quite close to the path so please be aware of them and stay away from them. One broken sprinkler can have the bowl wet for hours which is not what you want. Finally this is a great facility that Busselton has provided free for everyone, so please clean up after yourselves. There are bins, shelters and water refill points so there is no excuse to leave rubbish behind.

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water, bins and shelter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok back tot he fun stuff…and notice he has on a helmet!

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Skater coming out of the bowl ad getting airborne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The park is for everyone from the smaller kids on bikes and scooters, to the bigger kids and adults on boards.

Busselton skatepark

Artwork and part of the skating area

Fun

More of the track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are smaller areas where younger kids and beginners can find their feet.

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smaller area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there is even somewhere to keep up your basketball skills.

Halfcourt

Basketball halfcourt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally the big bowl….

Large bowl

Big bowl, can”t wait to see some skill happening here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I hope you check this out next time you are down in Busselton. It is park of the foreshore precinct. To drive there head down Queen street, the main drag through town and then at the end of the paved section of road turn right at the roundabout, go to the next roundabout and turn left. This is also the way to the Jetty and The Goose for the time being as more construction is under way.

Something new to enjoy as well as all the old favorites. if you fancy a walk to the end of the jetty there is now a direction and distance pole there to places all over the world as well as a spot for a selfie that tells you how far you are out to sea.

 

 

Do you love taking photos?


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Truck in the dust at sunset

Do you wish you could take better photos or were motivated to take more?

I have good news for you and it’s not going to cost you a cent!!!

Yep totally free.

I am going to be posting tips, tricks, walkthroughs and more to help you when taking the image and when processing it.

If you are subscribed to my newsletter you will receive a link to any articles I have put up during the week. If you want to have your finger on the pulse, bookmark the site and check each day.

Depending on my health as to how often I post.

Now we get to the best part. It’s orchid season. For those of us in Australia anyway. I like in an area in the south west of Western Australia and we have some of the best wildflowers at this time of the year, including many orchids.

I am going to start off with a teaser…..

Thelymitra variegata

This is the rare and endangered Thelymitra variegata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the rare and endangered, “Queen of Sheba” or Thelymitra variegata

It grows in Banksia woodlands in the scrub areas around the coastal areas of South West Australia.

For most of the orchids I will give you a general idea of where to look for them unless they are endangered, as is this one. I will tell you though, that each year, they have tours in the Stirling Rangers where they will take you to see them. They have finished for this year, but we are planning on heading down there next year.

We will do a bit of travelling and sometimes I will get information from other people. I want to add here a very important note. Many people are not sharing locations anymore as people are digging up the plants. The plants need certain fungi and certain trees around them to grow and they need there specific pollinators to  be pollinated and reproduce, so digging them up is a waste of time, it is also illegal as is picking of all wildflowers in Australia and carries with it a hefty fine.

Take you camera or your phone and take pictures but leave the plants for others to enjoy.A lot of these orchids are very tiny, ranging from the size of a match head to the size of a small daisy, so when going through any bush watch where you put your feet.

Another important thing we have learn’t through our own journey, I have been hunting and photographing orchids for the last 6 years, is that whatever grows in the bush also grows by the paths or tracks. Often you will find them on the path and if you go into the bush looking for them you won’t find any more, so most often look along the road verges, follow tracks or paths and you will find them. Even the Queen we found 3 foot off the path and easily spotted from the path. (After I had spent 3 different days looking through the bush, thinking it wouldn’t be near a path!) So learn from our experiences.

The other reason to stay on the path or road is there is less chance of getting ticks. Ticks love the Western Australian bush and if you go bush bashing I can guarantee you will get a few. They are not nice and carry some nasty diseases, so look after yourself and the environment at the same time.

I will end this post here as I want to pin this to the front so any new people to the site can read it, but I will add another post giving you an idea of what is out now and where to look.

Road trip to Darwin


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Well we are on the road again. We left home and had a few days in Perth.

Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and some of the native birds while we caught up with family before heading to Mt Newman.

Sunrise

Sunrise over palm trees in Perth’s northern suburbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bird feeding in a tree outside our Motorhome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We camped out near Mt Magnet for the night before heading on to Mt Newman. The peace and tranquility as well as the beauty around us makes camping out a delight.

motorhome at sunset

first night camping out

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Newman we caught up with friends and went to watch Jet boat racing. What a blast that is, they really spray the water and our friend won the raffle and got to have a ride.

flying jet boats

Jet boat white water

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is good to be on the open road again, just enjoying the freedom and space of the open road.

“Rosie” as our motorhome is called has been purring along, I think she likes being on the road too.

Will add the next installment in a few days.

I am still doing photo coaching as we travel, so if you want to learn how to take great photos for yourself go to The Photography Dash

New direction


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I have decided to start making some inspirational and motivational posters. These will be available through Red Bubble and are a very affordable way to bring art and inspiration into your life, either at home or in the office. I will show some examples here with a link to where you can get them. Would love your feedback as to what you think.

advirsity is as strong wind1

adversity brings out who we really are

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940424-adversity-is-as-a-strong-wind?ref=work_main_nav

lifes an adventure or nothing

A lilttle pup full of live and into eveything

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940443-life-is-either-a-daring-adventure-or-nothing?ref=work_main_nav

 

not years in your life

as we age a lot of people slow down, but more and more nowdays the grey naomads are getting out and enjoying life to the full

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10949104-life-in-your-years?ref=work_main_nav