Adventuring the unknown.
Aug 06
‘The Ice breathes’ in my own jumper design…
‘The Ice Breathes’ is my body of work generated from my experiences in the Arctic, and has been exhibited internationally as a moving image work and individual fine-art photographs. As an artist with my foundation in photography; over the past year I’ve found my artistic expression expanding into my knitting and fibre arts. There is no differentiation between how I live my life and my art that is an expression of it… and without really realizing it I’ve found myself diving into designing something from my own personal profound experiences.   I'm planning on wearing this to the Arctic in a few weeks to participate in the Arctic Circle Residency, which I am sooo excited about.   I’ve connected deeply with the Polar Regions and have felt ‘the ice breathe’. My photographs are an expression of the ‘unseen’ which I felt and brought me to tears in these incredibly precious and powerful places… and now this experience is being translated into this jumper I’m knitting.   When I saw #guthriesweater
Living quietly….
Winter solstice and I’m living quietly.   I looked to the sky today and reflected on the path my life has taken and how it has changed; in particular over the past year or so.   I saw in the space of the deep blue sky that I am living more quietly… and that doesn’t mean that I’m not doing crazy things all around the world… it doesn’t mean that I’m not playful and exuberant…. it doesn’t mean that I’m not expressive and connected… it just means that my mind is more quiet than it has ever been.   There is no push. There is no striving. My thoughts are quiet and I am content.   For so many wasted years I pursued a misguided notion of purpose… and that engulfed every part of my being. My thoughts were focussed on how I could ‘fulfil my purpose’; (which is just plainly quite silly); and I realised far too late the destructive nature of my committed pursuit. There was so much cognitive static and chaos in my head. I had chronic insomnia. My mind was so noisy.   Last week I came upon a sketch I drew many years ago of […]
Jun 18
in rallies
London to Lisbon 2019 – Hero Event Rally
2019 is looking pretty big for us. First a trip to the UK combining heaps of wonderful things.   In March a visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and cruising in Penny around Scotland and the Shetlands...the Flying Scotsman in Penny... then to a rally in May from London to Lisbon with Hero where I am driving this beautiful little 1957 Austin Healey. As many of you know I love driving and the rally from Paris to Madrid was where my love of rallying was ignited. I'm not physically capable of driving Penny or Rosie... so we bought this beautiful car which has an interesting race history. I've been practicing on our ritual Sunday drives to Maleny for brunch.. and I just love how it handles. I will be driving and Max will be doing the navigating this time. I'm sooooo excited.   Then in August/September/October...
May 02
Happy Days! Knitting … @Skeinydipping!
Happy Days! ... Well... I turned shit into fertiliser and what a wonderful world I have re-entered.   Knitting. Yes knitting! Have a peek at my my new Instagram account @skeinydipping.   I learned to knit as a child and bred angoras when I was first married over thirty years ago; and smile quietly when I see sheep in the paddocks - wherever we go, all across the world. I love wool. I love the hair from goats and alpacas. I love working with the softness in my hands. I love the earthy raw smell of unscoured fleece. I love the natural colours using plant dyes. I love the beauty in speckled hand painted yarns. I love the texture of stitches. I love the warmth of garments made with love and time.   I feel such a sense of comfort and joy when I knit.   I also love the rhythmic nature of spinning as the fibre slips gently through my hands.   The colours of nature reveal themselves miraculously as my pot of petals or plants surrenders and seeps their essence into the wet hot fibre.   Knitting pretty much was my saviour last year and I havent stopped. Always - "Just one more row! I laugh. My spinning wheel now takes pride of place in my room and I often have skeins of beautiful yarn at the end of my bed as I look at the colours in the morning as the sun rises.   I've been knitting a sweater for myself for a trip to the Arctic later in the year. I've also been knitting...
Apr 21
Road trip – Vauxhall Rally Merimbula
Road trip! On the road again in our beautiful 30-98 E Type Vauxhall on a trip to Merimbula organised by The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia on a National Veteran and Vintage Vauxhall Rally. This rally was sponsored by the National Trust (NSW).   We met with a fabulous group of Vauxhall enthusiasts who shared their passion and commitment to these remarkable vehicles. I wonder whether the engineers back-in-the-day ever imagined how capable and longstanding these machines would be and how much pleasure they would bring to all those who journey in them!   Our vehicle is magnificent. She has been amazingly restored and amongst the collection of 30 or so other vehicles – was a stand-out. ‘The J’ – as Max and I fondly call her; is beautiful. Her idle needed a bit of attention – but other than that, riding in her was exhilarating… and yes a whole day on the road and 500kms can be quite arduous.   It’s noisy. Max and I don’t really have conversations. Just comments about the smells… the birds… the landmarks… directions…. and when to stop for brunch or a cuppa and cake! We had such yummy food on our road-trip. […]
Winner of Moving Images and Nature Book -Tokyo International Foto Awards
Excited to receive winner of two sections - Nature book and Moving Image at the Tokyo International Foto Awards.   Winners exhibition in Japan on May 12-16, 2018 at the CA Gallery in Tokyo.   All winning entries can be viewed here - TIFA Award Winners You can view my winning entries here - The Shape of Cold   The Ice Breathes
Selected work for LoosenArt exhibition in Rome
LoosenArt has curated a themed exhibition - 'Underwater' which I am thrilled to have had one of my works selected to be exhibited in Rome from 22nd-30th June 2018.   You can view the exhibition online here - LoosenArt Underwater Exhibition
Mar 08
International Women’s day – Women with Grace….
“Turn shit into fertiliser”. Love that saying, and on International Women’s Day I’ve reflected on those women who have done precisely that… and in doing so live their life with Grace… with “gratitude, empathy, modesty, attentiveness.”… “grace lifts us up out of our awkward difficult lives.” Sarah Kaufman   One of my friends wrote something to me recently (which I will pop at the end of this post)… and I was truly moved to realise that someone had recognised the quality of ‘Grace’ within me. I then started to realise there were so many other women who also live their lives with Grace.   I realised that nearly all of these women had experienced ‘shit’ in their lives. Difficult journeys. Misplaced trust and love. Lack of respect. Abuse. Manipulation. Workplace inequality. The list could continue but you get my drift.   Each of these women I admire because of their resilience and the way they have handled themselves in spite of the ‘shit’ in their lives. Each has just got on with it and dug deep and used their shit as fertiliser to grow and be strong, resilient and beautiful. I have.   These women demonstrate empathy, courage, honestly, strength, […]
Mar 07
Marigold memories of India – my joyful garden!
My garden is beautiful at the moment...with fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables abounding! Such a delight harvesting lemons and limes.. onions and beens... planting peas and garlic.... picking oregano, mint, parsley, ginger, lemon myrtle and drying cinnamon.... gathering macadamias... collecting eggs. Such a wholesome life! The bright yellows of my border marigolds and sunflowers bring me such joy and remind me of our extraordinary adventures - particularly through India. The smells and sounds of India pass through my thoughts as see my marigolds... and I recognise what an amazing life I live.  You can see some of what we saw in India here - Here's a collection of posts with photos and stories of our wonderful journey.
Mar 03
Russian Arctic Weather Stations…
The Northern Sea Route is still frozen in my thoughts. An abandoned building with orderly numbered memories in metal cases. No chairs. Just an empty shed with rows of films in cases. Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island is in Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic was a meteorological base from 1929 to 1963. Germans were marooned there during WW2. I felt a weird sense of sanitisation walking along the timber walkways amongst the rocks. The remnants of the buildings have been preserved for tourists. Cups and teapots stood awkwardly on the wooden sideboard. Functionality ceased. Redundant.  Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island is in Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic was a meteorological base from 1929 to 1963. Germans were marooned there during WW2. I felt a weird sense of sanitisation walking along the timber walkways amongst the rocks. The remnants of the buildings have been preserved for tourists. Cups and teapots stood awkwardly on the wooden sideboard. Functionality ceased. Redundant.    There are many Polar Stations in the The Taymry Peninsular on Pronchishcheva Bay in the Laptev Sea; the New Siberians – Kigilyakh Meterological station on Great Lyakhovsky, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands; Bunge Land; Chetyrekhstolbovoy Island.   These decommissioned  bases in the […]
Feb 01
Subscribers Only Privileges
As a thank-you to my loyal subscribers, periodically I offer fine-art prints and artworks exclusively for subscribers only.   This is a sample of the set of images available for my next Subscribers Only offer is “Intimate Icebergs” as a part of my “Intimate Series” of small fine-art prints, which will bring the beauty of our world into your home or make wonderful, unique gifts.   These small run fine-art series, which I print myself using archival materials,  will only be available for a short undefined period of time. When the small edition runs out.. or the series is changed… that’s it. 🙂  I’m a go with the flow sort of girl so I don’t have a defined schedule for their availability. If you like an image, I suggest you hop in quickly to purchase it. 🙂   One of my goals in sharing how I view the world, is to add to the beauty already within it. I love creating beautiful photographs and prints which reveal the amazing natural world in which we live, as a reminder of how much beauty surrounds us all.    The link to my next Subscribers Only “Intimate Icebergs” will be given in my next Journal Subscriber […]
Feb 01
Walrus snorts, whiskers and tusks…
Snorts and grunts... whiskers and tusks surged towards us with inquisitive urgency.   We were sitting in a small inflatable dingy in the waters around Cape Ostantsovy, a peninsula on Hayes Island in Franz Josef Land, the world's northernmost archipelago situated in the Barents Sea north of mainland Russia and east of Svalbard; and as yet - we hadn't been given our presentation on the 'walrus'.   I was quite startled to see this small group of animals powering ahead towards us. Bow waves, whiskers, and nostrils and flashing tusks. Perhaps we were unwelcome intruders in their territory? ... or...Perhaps we were welcome and this was the 'meet and greet' party?   Not that the subsequent presentations
Dec 30
2017… what a year!
Well....2017 didn't go as planned... LOL... Life never does really though hey!   Plans aren't reality!   I've learned that living an enriched and meaningful life isn't about the dreams and plans which are achieved... it is about the honesty, love and genuine care and kindness which is experienced and given whilst following the path pencilled in by endeavouring to achieve those plans and dreams.   In 2017 I experienced a love for snow and cold... and felt such a deep connection with the Arctic. I sustained serious injuries in a fall whilst I was doing something I loved - skiing. After I fell, in the silence of softly falling snow, I learned from the deer and trees how to deal with pain. I have used that skill a lot since that day.   I want to be honest and as always, share not just the 'pretty' bits of my life here.  @idoamazingthings , but that isn't the whole of my life. There is also another reality. That reality isn't pretty... but
Dec 22
Migratory birds…. just extraordinary…
Migratory birds… astonishing really!   I’ve always had a keen interest in birds – with a small set of binoculars and Simpson and Day Bird book near the side door…but until this journey along the Northern Sea Route; I hadn’t really GOT it before.   This time, I wasn’t just looking at the feathers… or whether it had a dark line along it’s eye… I was actually just trying to get my head around firstly how so many birds can survive in these conditions; and then how they migrated from one hemisphere to another along flyways… often without even a rest!   How did they know how to do that? How do they know where to go?   Some of the species I’ve seen on the tidal flats locally at home near Bribie Island have flown from north of Siberia where we were!!! OMG… For me – I found that just astonishing!   Each species has a distinct path and schedule it follows. The parents have nesting areas; grow their chicks until they have enough feathers to fly; then the parents leave and head south to avoid the harsh winter… and then the chicks just somehow work out that they better fly south […]
Dec 22
Pollution in the Arctic…
Incredible pollution in the Arctic... The USSR collapsed in the early 1990's. Weather and polar stations and bases were closed. People just left. I don't know how they left. Probably a ship arrived ..and they were instructed to just get aboard. I suspect from what I saw on МАЛЫЙ ТАЙМЫР that all they boarded the 'rescue' ship with - was carried in a single bag.   What remains though...
Dec 22
The Eurasean Widgeon duck that didn’t move…
“It’s a bird……” I crept carefully and quietly. “It must be asleep. ..Perhaps it is dead? ..Poor thing. ..Just sitting there on the cold sand. ..It might be playing dead??? ..It might think if it doesn’t move I won’t take any notice of it. ..It isn’t moving. ..Perhaps it is just frozen???” Shhhhhh  I clumsily gestured to Max as I walked tentatively across the Arctic beach toward this duck. I bent over to look more closely at this frozen duck and OMG….   Two weeks attendance at the ‘Bird Club meetings’ after dinner did not prepare me for this! Nowhere in our log-book was this duck mentioned. I could not believe my eyes.   I bent over and as gently as I could, nestled my thickly gloved hands around the sides of the duck and lifted it carefully up to show Max – who was by this time nearly beside me where we stood on Zemlya Bunge – or Bunge Land in the language of the Yakutian people is known as Ulakhan Kumalch – The Land of the Great Sand.; in the New Siberian Archipeligo between the Laptev and East Siberian Seas.   Bunge, who I named after the Island upon […]
Dec 10
Exploring an abandoned polar station – Малый Таймыр
I’ve found myself sliding down into the Rabbit hole of Russian history; trying to gain an insight into why a frozen red book with the English title “Saint George” would be left abandoned on a table inside a Polar Station on Maly Taymyr Island in the Laptev Sea.   Snowdrifts nestled comfortably on a lichen coloured fabric lounge. Metal ribbed heaters with severed rusted pipes, remained on guard under the windows, despite being decommissioned years ago.  Floral wallpaper cracked and peeled off the freezing walls buckling in these extreme conditions.   A spilled plate lay broken on the floor alongside books and a pair of gnarled leather boots.   …Who once sat here?..   Sky blue shards of paint hung suspended in the three inches of slippery frozen ice down the hallway encroached upon by a snow drift, where a long eared brown dog and yellow and red butterfly painted on small child’s metal toy truck, lay trapped.   A metal beaten wall plaque of a Greek-Roman god-like figure defiantly bared his strong muscles and skin to the frozen air. He stood beside a white and floral teapot without a lid.   Pipelines and instrument gauges were lifeless.   ….Why […]
Nov 22
The Sea
The sea was a companion for me which was comforting. I found myself for hours just watching its changing moods and the way the light often danced with the texture of the wet surface.   At times the sea supported thousands of birds, walrus snorts and white tusks, and spouts from whales.... and at other times there were days where the barren expanse of the sea made its' powerful presence felt.   Wonderful childhood and teen memories of sailing blew through my thoughts as the ocean wind changed it's tone in my freezing ears.   I had a couple of spots - on the bow usually alone; that I loved to just stand and stare.... and feel the sea.... those moments brought such richness and happiness on this journey for me.
Nov 04
Northern Sea Route – Russian Arctic Expedition : Some photographs
The Northern Sea route has only become passable as a result of global warming. Very few people have traversed the sea passage between Russia and the North Pole across the breadth of the whole of Russia.   Our journey commenced in Murmansk in the north west of Russia and we completed 4,950 nautical miles eastward to Anadyr on the far eastern coast of Russia 28 days later.   Click at the top of the Menu dropdown under 'Journeywoman' for the two pages of galleries.
Oct 10
#metoo Supporting women who like myself have been sexually violated.
#MeToo I am writing this in support of all those who have been sexually harassed, abused or violated.   I have been sexually abused not by random strangers; not by family members – but by some men with whom I have trusted in both a professional capacity, or of friendship – who have taken advantage of, and misused my openness and lovingness as an opportunity and vehicle to meet their own personal and sexual needs.   This predatory behavior was masterful in its’ execution; manipulating and blind-sighting me because of my naivety and open-heartedness.   For me these have been abhorrent, deceptive and cowardly betrayals of professional conduct, friendship and trust; that pass through my thoughts as I navigate a path to not allow the perpetrators of this sexual abuse to destroy my kind, joyful and loving Spirit.   Some may ask “Why didn’t/don’t you do anything or say anything against those men?”. Only those who have been the recipient of such deceptive sexual abuse will be able to understand and answer; as I understand and see thousands of women on facebook write ‘#MeToo’ who have never spoken nor revealed before of their sexual abuse.   Perpetrators are often narcissists; […]
Polar Bear feast on whale Wrangel Island
“They look like sheep.. what do you think Max”, said Dr John aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy looking toward the cliffs and soft slopes of tundra Wrangel Island. “They’re Polar Bears”, said Max incredulously and asked Rodney Russ the Expedition leader of Heritage Expeditions to have a look for himself.   Rodney at first thought they were lumps of ice and Alexander Gruzdev from Wrangle Island State Nature reserve said initially that it couldn’t be Polar Bears because there wouldn’t be that many… but there WERE that many!   Within 15 minutes we quietly embarked into zodiacs to cruise slowly and quietly past this natural phenomenon difficult to adequately articulate.   181 – one hundred and eighty-one Polar Bears on the hillside around the carcass of a dead whale… with approximately 60 others walking towards the round-stoned beach.   Rangers from the island confirmed the presence of 260 bears that day; one mum with quadruplets; and many with triplets. There seemed to be a second mum with quads, but upon careful inspection it can be seen that the mum is endeavouring to herd away the fourth from her own triplets.   This Polar Bear feasting on a whale was an incredulous […]
Oct 03
in Books
Winner IPA International – Book Photographer of the Year and Finalist Lucie ‘Discovery of the Year’
Winner IPA International - Book Photographer of the Year and Finalist Lucie 'Discovery of the Year' for my publication - "The Shape of Cold". Such wonderful news!
"As an explorer in the space of raw isolation and extremes, I saw and felt the shape of cold. The 'Shape of Cold' exposes itself in an environment where no indigenous peoples could say it was their home - Antarctica. These shapes began to reveal to me the nature not only of this profoundly exquisite and powerful place; but of the nature of myself. In our times where climate change is controversial yet evident in the polar caps where ice sheets are retreating and glaciers are calving and moving at unprecedented rates; most people are far removed from the effects of how we live. My journeys to the polar regions of both Antarctica and Greenland have enabled me to experience and witness the changes of our planet and through my connection and photographs I offer others an opportunity to have greater awareness and connection to our incredibly beautiful planet and our place as a part of it." Julie Stephenson (Interview 2017)
I am excited to have been invited to the Awards ceremony of the Lucie Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York in late October.
Oct 02
‘Struggle’ selected to exhibit in The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado.
‘Struggle’. The natural world is my teacher and when I saw this iceberg in Antarctica this word came to mind. I saw myself. I saw a form trying to expand and be free, yet entrapped by dark ropes. I saw beauty restrained. This powerful image was selected to be exhibited in an exhibition with the theme' Water' at the The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado. You can view the exhibition images here. You can purchase your Limited Edition Fine Art Print of this image from my   Online Store here. 
Oct 02
“Grace” – Exhibited in SE Center for Photography South Carolina
Helsinki… Things to do wandering in this beautiful city…
On our way to Murmansk in Russia for the North East passage Northern Sea Route journey; we stopped in Helsinki for a week.   Helsinki is beautiful. Quiet. Clean. Had such a lovely feel to it. Max and I walked about 10kms a day and immersed ourselves totally in the city area to acclimate our body clock before our epic sea journey north of Russia.   Language wasn't an issue, and
Aug 28
Aeroplane view over China and Mongolia….
Breathtaking! "We have driven down near there Jule."..Max said as we peered with an aeroplane view from 30,000 feet over China and Mongolia on our way to Helsinki. It was absolutely incredible knowing that we had driven in Penny, our 93 year old vintage car - just to the north along parts of the Gobi desert. I was so moved seeing from the air the landscape we had driven in the 2016 Peking to Paris car rally. It really hit me with such gratitude what an amazing life I have and how many incredible experiences I manage to fit into my life!   Now in Murmansk about to board the Akademik Shokalskiy for the
Aug 09
in Courage
What is your life about?….
What is your life about? I saw myself in the mirror whilst I was recording our outing in Rosie, our beautiful 1921 Rolls Royce and I had this unusual feeling......
Vision – New Greenland photograph gallery
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I won the Book Category in Moscow International Foto Awards!
Hehe... I won first place of all the book categories in the Moscow International Foto Awards with my recent publication 'The Shape of Cold'. I won my entered sub-category of 'Fine Art Book'; then won First in all the book categories. I just received an invitation to the presentation ceremony; but can't manage another Russian Visa since I already have one commencing on the 27th August for our trip through the North-East Passage along the north of Russia for 28 days.  How wonderful that my connection with Antarctica, and my expression of how I saw and felt 'The Shape of Cold" is now being seen by people all around the world.  You can purchase your copy here.
Screening of video ‘The Ice Breathes’ at ANIMA MUNDI 2017, the International Art Festival in Venice!
I'm off to Venice in August on our way to Russia; to view a screening of my short moving image video 'The Ice Breathes. This is such a wonderful art festival alongside the Venice Art Biennale, and I feel so privileged to have my photographs and video being screened during the ANIMA MUNDI 2017, the International Art Festival.
“The glorious gift to age and greet another day”
"The glorious gift to age and greet another day". What a beautiful sentence shared by a lovely lady as a comment on one of my recent Instagram posts. I spoke about witnessing my body change with scars from experience and surgeries and how I feel about watching my beautiful body change and age as time passes; and how this revealed itself to me through listening to one of my photographs from Antarctica. It seemed that..
Apr 01
To take notice…
I was asked the other day by a friend how to choose a fulfilling path in life. Perhaps it is simply to - 'Take notice'. I will explain - and although a bit of a read... may illuminate something for you.   I was a little taken aback when my friend asked me, since I felt that I myself was a novice at this..LOL.. and then she said… “Julie. Look, you have had incredible ups and downs – but look where you are now. Look at how you are known and respected throughout the world and how you inspire so many. You have the most incredible life, and even...
Mar 26
in Arctic
‘The Arctic Circle’ residency… Svalbard….I’ve been invited!!! Such a privilege …..
"The Arctic Circle is a nexus where art intersects science, architecture and activism—an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists and innovators who seek out and foster areas of collaboration to engage in the central issues of our time.".... and I have the privilege of being part of this incredible residency. Wooo Hooo!!! During October 2018, I will be spending nearly 3 weeks on a the Antigua - a barquentine tall ship in the Arctic environs of Svalbard, Spitsbergen, with a group of creatives and scientists; where I will continue to ...
Mar 20
in Courage
My grumble…. Please stop the accepted practice of stealing others photographs!
Ok.. today I am having a grumble. It has become commonplace for many people to incorrectly think it is OK to use someone else's photographs to illustrate their own website, Facebook, twitter, Instagram or other social media account. It just isn't cool! Using without permission someone else's photograph to put as a background profile picture on...
Melbourne Art Book Fair – Momento Pro – My two books being displayed
I have been approached by Momento Pro to ask if they could display my two self-published books "The Shape of Cold" and "Where Do They Go"; during the Melbourne Art Book Fair. How wonderful that my books have this opportunity to speak to a wider audience. So - if you would like to feel these lovely books in your own hands and see my beautiful photographs; and to be inspired to have a go at publishing your own books - pop to the Melbourne Art Book Fair and look for the Momento Pro stand. I have found the staff at Momento Pro to be absolutely brilliant to work with and the quality of their publications to be outstanding. Melbourne Art Book Fair - 16th to 19th March.
Shortlisted for ‘The Arctic Circle Residency’ – Tall ship in Svalbard (jumping for joy!)
I am SOOOOOOOO excited... jumping for joy!!!!!. I have just received notification that I have been shortlisted for 'The Arctic Circle Residency' on the specially rigged tall ship which sails within the region of Svalbard in the Arctic. "Artists and scientists led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program. The Arctic Circle brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard a specially outfitted sailing vessel. The Arctic Circle provides a shared experience for its participants to engage in myriad issues relevant to our time and to develop professionally through interdisciplinary collaborations, exhibit opportunities, and public and classroom engagement. The Arctic Circle is administered by The Farm Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, Inc. a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit in New York State." The next round of selection processes will be complete on March 24th... so... until then... :-) .. enjoy my new love - frozen water!  The Arctic Circle Website
Feb 20
I have a new love… frozen water…
Oh my goodness... I have fallen in love with frozen water. It first started when I travelled to the US in 2009 and it snowed... and I was just soooo excited. Then a few years later I was captivated by the ice formations and expanses of white in Antarctica... The Shapeof Cold opened up a way of experiencing landscape I had never felt before. Then to Greenland... and I developed a deeper sense of wonder for the icebergs which calved of glaciers... frozen time. Then to my second journey to Antarctica where the icebergs had a more significant emotional effect for me. ... and now.... skiing in the snow.... and sitting on the edge of a forest in the silent snowstorm was just so magical... and the phenomenon of it snowing in a space void of all sound was just captivating and breathtaking. I love frozen water.... and I have only realised just today that the subject matter for my first photographic exhibitions were water..... and now they too are of water but in a frozen form... and both have provided such mystery and magic for not only my photographs but personally as well.   I hope to continue to experience this incredible world of frozen water... in ice... and snow... and cold!!! Click READ MORE to see some more short little video clips and pics....
Feb 03
What I heard whilst watching this ice waterfall…..

Sometimes it is good to stop and take a few moments to see and experience more than just what appears on the surface - no matter how it first appears. Sometimes there is more wonder, movement and power beyond the surface.

Pause.. breathe.. dive deeply into living! Look and search for what is behind and beyond what you can just see glimpses of!

I heard this whilst watching the water in this amazing ice waterfall.

Feb 03
On the road… snow from Salt Lake City to Banff…
What a wonderful journey. I am in love with snow!!! To ski on... to play in... and to look at. Ice waterfalls.... snow mountains... moisture for the land in spring. I know it isn't much fun for those who live here in the slush... but I am finding the snow and cold just wonderful! It is -21 here today in Banff... with a maximum of -8... brrrrr... but I am rugged up and off to do another hike around this spectacular landscape. The ice waterfalls are magical. Pop to this link to a gallery to follow the road trip from Salt Lake to Banff in the snow!!
Jan 25
A quick peek at Whistler…. blue-bird day!
A quick pan from the top of a lift at Whistler on a blue-bird day … my third day learning to ski! Woo-hooo
Jan 23
OMG… I am hooked on skiing… it is sooooo much fun!!!!
Well…. skiing is incredible!!! I am astounded at how amazing it is. I started with a lesson…learning how to clip my boots on to my skis… and then off we went… and I havent looked back…. just forward to where gravity takes me!   I have to say though it is a bit nerve wracking… learning to be “in control” all the time is the key… and time and focussing on my technique and awareness of what my body is doing is what my task is.   I followed Max on one run into the white fluffy stuff and he was yelling out “NOOOO” …. and when he got up he said he forgot I was following him and was trying to tell me to stay on the groomed bit. Mistake number one – leading me to the powder!!! OMG…. I stayed up and LOVED going through that white fluffy stuff on the shoulder of the run.   I have a VERY long way to go to say I am in the least bit competent …. but I am having the BEST time experiencing something new.   I also experienced something quite magical whilst it was snowing at Alta. The […]
Jan 17
“..This is Living. This is pushing boundaries.” … my words published in ERA Book “Driving the Impossible” by Gerard Brown
"This is living. This is pushing boundaries".   Max read out a short paragraph on the first page of Gerard Brown's book from Peking to Paris... and I thought to myself.... "Hey, I know those words. I wrote them! hehehe. Gerard Brown used my words from my feedback form for the Peking to Paris as an introduction to Gerard's book; and hearing them read again made me realise how many things in my life I push boundaries with... and how many things in my life I can truly say "This is living."   I've realised that I DO push boundaries. I DO live to the fullest. I embrace everything I do with a full open heart with passion and a willingness to dive in and to really  'go there' wholeheartedly. I recognise that sometimes doing this has led me to seriously fall flat on my face; and probably where my greatest learning has been derived. I also recognise that my approach to living has enabled the most incredibly rich experiences and a wonderful life for which I receive so much Universal support; and after my recent trip to Bhutan, realise that perhaps 'karma' is organically manifesting in my life right now.   There is no way I can live without pushing boundaries. I can't let fear cripple me. I live and love wholeheartedly. Thank you Gerard for popping my words in the beginning of your fabulous book of our drive from Peking to Paris - which WAS extraordinary. I want to also be able to say for everythign I do that "This is pushing boundaries."  "This is living."
Jan 11
in Bhutan
Photographs from Bhutan – gallery
Jan 06
in Bhutan
Journey across Bhutan… 3 weeks of family and friendship.
This collection of photographs is from a recent journey to Bhutan with my friend… a journey which marked yet another point in my life. Our guide Sangay Dhendup – the BEST guide in Bhutan; and our driver Dawa Gyeltshen – the BEST driver in Bhutan; welcomed us not only into Bhutan but their families as well. Get a tea and a coffee and journey with me for 30 minutes – from our 3 week exploration from Guwahati in India before entering Bhutan from the East; to the sights of the Himalayas leaving Bhutan in the West – to see how this experience was a journey of a lifetime.
Bittersweet love… “I love you for what you have done for me”
Bittersweet love - Recently from a girlfriend I received a hug with the words .. "I am so grateful and I love you for what you have done for me." Now on the surface this may sound like a beautiful 'thank you' ... but I actually don't want to be loved for what I have done to support others. I want to be loved for who I am - NOT what I have done for someone... and I don't do things to be loved by others. I do things in support of others because I have a privileged life and I WANT to in caring for them and loving them... NOT for
Jan 03
#tennisfan hahahaha….. lightening up on a hot Qld summer’s day at the tennis!
#tennisfan hahahaha..... lightening up on a hot Qld summer's day at the tennis! Off I went to the tennis. ..Haven't been for probably 30 years and this year was the year of instead of saying "I would love to go to the Brisbane International tennis one year".. this year was it! ;-)   I hopped on a train and then
Dec 29
Qld summer ….Back home for 3 weeks and new adventures ahead!!
Qld summer... just wonderful! Cicadas. Dragonflies. Koels. Sweaty mountain walks with the afternoon sea breeze. Hot balmy days with the cricket and tennis.... skinny dipping in the pool ......the smell of freshly mown grass and the oils from the eucalypts in the hot long days.   I'm back home after an incredible journey to Bhutan... and
Dec 23
“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows him like a never departing shadow.” Dhammapada
Buddha - Dhammapada  - “If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows him like a never departing shadow. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts, suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of an ox.” Internet at last!!!!!! ... on my way home with a stop-over in Bangkok. So much to share....   This journey to Bhutan for me has been such a spiritual one – connecting with the landscape; real Tantric Buddhist philosophy; friendship; and myself.   We spent some time with a nun at the Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup nunnery in Punakha,  and her departing words from the text Dammapada have been in my thoughts and have been contributing to my deeper understanding of Karma through my own inquiry and experience as I am travelling through this amazing country.   We were so fortunate enough to be able to meet with the head Astrologer of Bhutan, a Lama who is the head teacher at the Pangrizampa College for Astrology in Thimpu; and after consulting with his texts he said I had a pure heart and that I give more to others than I receive, and that some speak and act unkindly to me behind my back; that this year has been a difficult one; and I have to be very wary and careful of a dark, demon energy and seek protection from that. He said I have a small number of friends with whom I am loyal to, and yet they have not been loyal to me.   My astrological animal sign is tiger; my element is....
Aeroplane window – toward Bhutan… Bangkok.. Kolkata…
The smell of the cedar-wood shampoo reminded me of my last trip to Kolkata a year ago with Max before our drive through India and Bhutan.  I love Kolkata. Yes. I know. Some are shaking their heads. For some reason being here feels.... hmmmm... can't quite put my finger on it. I think it brings me back to earth and I deepen my sense of gratitude. I am in awe of how so many people here survive and still offer such generosity and kindness.... and work so hard just to survive.   The air this morning was damp and thick as the ravens reminded everyone of the smog, yet the small birds in the courtyard chirped that it was a new day with new opportunities to experience living. As I looked out from under crisp white cotton sheets through...
Nov 25
‘The Shape of Cold’ Antarctica published and available online now!
I am excited to have published 'The Shape of Cold' a beautiful artwork of the collection of my black and white photographs from my first journey to Antarctica in 2014. This book is an expression of my connection with Antarctica; of the way the hand of Nature sculpts 'the shape of cold'. There is a very special relationship revealed with the pairing of images on adjoining pages; which gives this book a quality which is beyond just a collection of exquisite photographs. This book is available to be purchase now on my online store
Nov 24
Selected and invited to Sapmi Arctic Residency – La Wayaka Current – Northern Norway
I am so excited at the privilege to have been selected and invited to attend the Sapmi Arctic Residency in Northern Norway in March/April 2018. I have been exploring my connection with both the Arctic and Antarctic regions and expressing that through my photographs, videos and books; so this residency is another wonderful opportunity to continue with this exploration. The residency is in a wild and feral island where I will be staying in a farm house with a small group of artists for 3 weeks. I feel that I not only have an opportunity to gain a great deal personally through the experience; but my presence, resultant work and continued collaborations and relationships with the community, artists and La Wayaka Current organisation - will be so enriching and valuable. I am soooo excited!! Pop here to see the residency details.
Wrinkles… wisdom.. fairytales and ‘Don’t be sad it’s over – be glad it once was.’
“Once upon a time there was a girl who…”…. You know how fairytales usually begin, and yet not all fairytales have the outcome of the ‘happy ending’ we hope for… even in the original fairytales from back-in-the-day which then were far less sanitised versions of the reality of life!   I’ve been revisiting my images from Greenland and I recalled the day I felt such joy and child-like excitement when I saw these incredible icebergs. It was like fantasy land…. a land of towers… and maidens… and dragons… and men in leather on flying horses diving into caves and dungeons. It was the stage for fantasy and fairy-tales.   Looking at these fantastic images on my computer I then recalled a few weeks ago a story of the hopes shared by a young woman - of a fairytale for her own life.   I sat on the grass...
“Where Do They GO”…. Swimming with whales in Tonga – Book for Oceanographic Conservation
I'm so excited to announce an upcoming venture to support oceanographic conservation through the sale of the publication of my new book "Where Do They Go" in both e-book and hard cover print format. You can have a sneak peek of the online Flip book here Click to view my beautiful ONLINE Flipbook  
Oct 27
Be real. Be honest. Be kind.. and be grateful…. Wanderlust reflections.
Be real. Be honest. Be kind... and be grateful. This is what I distilled from four wonderful days at Wanterlust Sunshine Coast - a conscious living festival unlike any other I've been to. The youngies kept passing me water as I danced like a 'wild thing'.. with them saying they "..wished my mum danced like you." and "When I grow up I want to be like you." (hehehe) I think I was....
Oct 26
When heat meets water – in Iceland…what a show!
When heat meets water - how amazing is the beauty in this alchemy! I've been having the most wonderful time diving into my photographs over the past weeks... interspersed with reading about the history of Russia, Mongolia and Europe!!! I came across a couple of photographs from Iceland last year when we went to near the Vatnajökull Glacier where the lava from the recent eruption of the Holuhraun Volcano runs close to a waterway, heating the water to create steam and creating the most incredible landscape. How amazing is the beauty in the alchemy of water and heat! You can see more posts from Iceland here and more amazing photographs of Greenland after our time in Iceland.
Oct 20
Wanderlust Sunshine Coast – I stood up and surfed!!! hehe
Wanderlust-  I STOOD UP!!!! on a surfboard .... on my very FIRST run... and EVERY run during a lesson at the Wanderlust festival for conscious living at the Sunshine Coast. hehehehe I put my hand up for 3 surfing classes; 7 yoga classes; 5 meditation classes; 1 dance class; 3 talks; 3 concerts... and 3 more events I just can't remember right now. 24 events in 4 days... a time and space for deep reconnection and loads of fun!!! I've wanted to feel...
Oct 17
A flying trip to Sydney – catch up with some Peking to Paris adventurers!
Sydney was the place for a catch up with intrepid car adventurers; at Gerry Crown’s home last week-end. What a wonderful catch up with those who could come and share stories about travelling around the word in crazy cars…  (not that WE are at all crazy!) This great gathering provided an opportunity for me to view from my window seat the cities I have such memories of; Brisbane and Sydney. I would like to share a collage of images which when immersed in viewing out the window… I found myself remembering and thinking how quickly time has passed from when I was a child, and over the decades of both flying and driving the route to Sydney.
‘The Shape of Cold’ – Antarctica Black and White Photographs; Sneak Peek :-) …..
'The Shape of Cold' my next book of beautiful black and white photographs from my first journey to Antarctica is well on it's way to be published!!!! Online Flip Book for a sneak peek!
Oct 06
Words left unsaid…
How many words are left unsaid into a place where time abandons memories and fragments of thoughts melt in silence?    
Sep 29
Lipstick, Kisses and sharing the LOVE!!!
Lipstick hasn't been one of my things. I'm a 'natural beauty' so I've been told... so the make-up thing actually hasn't actually been a 'thing' for me until the celebration Gala dinner in the biggest ballroom in Paris at the end of our epic Peking to Paris car rally. I just couldn't wear my beautiful gown/frock without any lippy! Yesterday, I experienced something quite wonderful after ...
Sep 29
Being Printed right now… “With the Roof Off”… Collector’s Edition Book – Pre-launch purchase
When I’ve felt most alone…..
The moon was hanging alone in the darkness. I looked across the dark void toward the glowing moon on this night of the lunar eclipse, whilst I nested on a lamb’s wool rug and lay protected by large rocks from the cold westerly wind. I asked myself when I felt most alone.   I didn’t feel alone walking in the middle of the night when the eucalypts shadowy arms lay down a path for me along the rocky track to climb our local mountain.   I didn’t feel alone lying there being
Courage….climbing the cliff beside
"Courage is about getting up and climbing the cliff beside the one you've just felt like you've fallen from." Julie Stephenson I had an epiphany last week... one of those moments when the threads all came together to weave an understanding about a quality which has been my companion and guide for my whole life. I was sitting on a local mountain and...
Aug 31
Greenland Photographs – Reflection
The choices we make; make us.
Yep... we make choices every second of every day, and each one of those choices leads us along a path of experience; self-discovery; learning; and at times destruction and a place we would rather not be. All of my previous choices have led me to where I am right now.... and you too! All of my choices have actually MADE ME!... ALL of my choices have enabled me to experience love, laughter and tears. ALL of my choices have given me an opportunity to formulate my philosophy; my life circumstances; my way of being and experiencing the world. I have chosen paths which have led me to flourish..and others which have led me to falter... and regardless... ALL have contributed to MAKING ME! Some of my choices; or forks in the road have come with warning signs. Sometimes....
Aug 16
Antarctica Breathing Images
‘Antarctica Breathing.’ I had a profound connection with the land in both Greenland and Antarctica. These images are the foundations for an upcoming body of work. Click the images because behind the thumbnails are revealed larger totems.
Aug 16
Antarctica Breathing
I wanted to let my photographs from my journey to Antarctica breathe again. Click “Play” to join me on this incredible and profound journey of connection with the land and the energies of Antarctica.
Paris…
Paris was our destination for this epic ‪#‎pekingtoparis‬ endurance rally. Paris was amazing… and HOT.. which meant shorts and icecream! We had a fabulous couple of days wandering and I will return to Paris another time to delve more into the life and culture of this most fascinating city. We climbed the Eiffel tower on the hottest day of the year so far in Paris and the ‘locals’ were melting… as was the ice-cream in the chest high fridges which were ill accustomed to such temperatures. Rosy cheeks and dripping foreheads trundled up the metal stairs to the platform high on the Eiffel tower. Hundreds of people queued in the sun to rise to the highest point in the tower in an elevator. There was no way I was going to be crammed like a pressed sardine in a box hoisted by cables to the point in the sky… regardless of how iconic the journey was. I was content walking around at the highest elevation the stairs delivered us to. There was a lovely breeze cooling as I gained a perspective of Paris I have not experienced before. It was an incredible experience driving through 11 countries in 36 days and I learned so […]
We made it!!!!
We made it!!! Through 11 countries. Over 13,695 kms in 36 days. An adventure of epic proportions… and so epic I just wasn’t able to keep up with my blog broadcasts as I had intended and envisaged. 🙁 Yesterday we drove from Reims, with the checkered flag being waved by young people rollerblading on random corners as we navigated on and off route toward Place Vendome in Paris. The black and white inflatable arch with the iconic orange ‘Peking to Paris’ logo expanded in the summer heat and marked the end of the driving part of the Peking to Paris rally; but not the end to the wonderful friendships that were made along this remarkable adventure, and the memories of the experiences which have shaped each of our futures. After the first timed stage in Mongolia I stopped Max and said we needed to have a talk. I suggested we take it steady – and if we do that… we will make it to the finish line in one piece and perhaps even in first place if we just enjoyed ourselves along the way; adhered to all the criteria for the Gold medal; and looked after Penny. So that’s what […]
Famous healing thermal baths in Budapest
Szechenyi thermal baths in Budapest was the second spa I visited with thermal pools today on our rest day in Budapest on our way from Peking to Paris driving our 93 year old vintage car. . I walked about 15kms today along the Danube river as the church bells radiated under the clear blue summer skies. . At the thermal baths I loved immersing myself in the pools of various temperatures and quietly allowed myself to soften and relax and isolated myself in my mind from all the other noise and focussed deeply on my breathing. It was wonderful to find myself being able to find peace within myself even with so many hoards of people visiting the therapeutic pools each for their own personal reasons. . Today I rejuvenated and regenerated in preparation for our last week of driving to Paris when about 13,000kms would have been driven on this incredible adventure in our vintage car Penny! #idoamazingthings. . .
Picking wild strawberries in a field in Russia! … how wonderful!
Picking wild strawberries in Russia – what a wonderfu experience…. driving our 93 year old vintage car Penny from #pekingtoparis
Mud…Kremlin at Kazan and sun on skin!
The sun streamed on to my face at 3am as I stirred to realise my eye patch had become dislodged and I kept thinking that I wanted to write a blog post about our past few days. I had a little bit more sleep and now I’m going to pop out a brief broadcast so I don’t get any further behind!   I’ve just popped on the this little verandah which hangs precipitously on the edge of a white institutional looking building; the curved railings laced and holding the crumbling façade from falling; and there seams to be hundreds of people already flocking around the cars in the car park. 5am and the world is awake!   Day 19 Perm to Kazan The grey misty cover was cold again today and although we had the roof on Penny it was often at times wet. We didn’t have the water spraying up through the floor near the handbrake though because Max found an empty chip packet to pack into the hole. Who would have thought a shiny bright yellow and green packet could perform two such useful tasks….. the first one holding chips which were just soooo yummy.. and the second […]
Birch forests and celebrations… Russia in summer!
Day 17 – Tyumen to Yekaterinburg Clean white sheets; a beautiful doona; yummy food; a view over a city which sprung up out of nowhere after a days driving through rural Siberia… and here we are in Yekaterinburg, all together in an exquisite hotel – all hopeful to be together in Paris on July 17th for the finish line. Today though only 89 out of the 105 or so cars are tucked up here; whilst the others are scattered around Russia being repaired and assessed as to where they can rejoin our intrepid group.   The inclement weather in Russia has been with us again today and our planned ‘Time Sections’ were replaced by a very fun track course that was like a BMX track on steroids. Penny had fun. She is an endurance girl rather than a speed queen and she lumbered a bit over the bumpy bits and wiggled her bulbous rear end; and Max and I had a great time.   Our drive today was a little more undulating with our elevation oscillating between 120mts and 80mts above sea level. The soil is incredibly rich and fertile and the chocolate coloured earth supported gardens of vegetables along […]
Moving our clocks means more kms west through Russia toward Paris
Rainex was our only solution to the rain today as we left Omsk for Tyumen in Russia. Penny doesn’t have windscreen wipers and modern technology comes to the rescue so she can carry us westwards through Russia.   Tonight we are tucked up in a beautiful hotel after a quite a long days drive across the flat plains of Russia. I’m not doing very well with keeping up with my blog broadcasts. I intend to, but by the time night comes after a whole day’s driving …. I just fall asleep with my laptop open. James… I take my hat off to you for continuing your updates on all your endurance rallies. I now know what an epic and behemoth effort that took!   So…. a wet cold morning on our 16th day of the endurance rally and we travelled over roads of various states from being deplorable to newly paved tarmac. The trucks are unrelenting along the roads and are quite different in appearance than those in southern Asia and India. Most are either red, blue or orange… about the same age… with paint shiny and plain. It seems that the ‘bling’ for them is contained within the cabin, where […]
Driving through Mongolia and now in to Russia…
Mongolia. This is an endurance rally and since my last post it truly has been an endurance event! Long days on the road. Little sleep. Difficult road conditions. Rain. Storms. Dust. Rocks. Flooded rivers. The most incredibly beautiful scenery. Friendship. I am having a fabulous time.   Thoughts; what I have seen; my experiences all scratched bumpily unbounded by the rectangles on the page of the route book. I’m feeling a bit like that at the moment… going outside the boundaries and living such a privileged life doing incredible things.   I have so much to share and I would love to write more tonight, but I’m thinking I need to just do a short summary to let you know how we’ve been going otherwise I will always be trying to play catch-up and I will never get any sleep! I’ve decided to write a book of this remarkable journey because there is so much more to tell than I can in these posts. I will keep you updated on that.   The schedule is hectic. Rally start time is either 7am or 8am and our position in 16th overall has meant that our start time is 31…. So we start […]
I rode a horse for the first time in Mongolia!!… and I slept under the clear Mongolian sky…
Two boys on their horses scampered jerkily – sort of sideways; into our camp. I was so ignorant of the type of ‘running’ the horses were doing. It seemed so different from any way I had seen a horse move before. The horses didn’t really seem to be compliant and kept flicking their heads up and down with their neck arched and sporadic low kicks from their rear legs. Anyway… they came over and the youngest boy handed me the reins.   Well.. perhaps I looked like a seasoned rider – but I had to gesture to him that I had never ridden a horse before… and we both laughed. I had looked a few months ago into a horse back adventure riding through Mongolia – so I thought now was as good a time as any to get on this smallish horse. Usually I would feel a little tentative; even patting a horse. This time I just tucked up my skirt and popped my left foot in the stirrup and up and on I went!   There I was… my first riding horse experience ever – and it was in Mongolia!! (technically it probably was a ‘being-led-on-a-horse experience’…. Lol) … […]
Say goodbye to the Peoples Republic of China… Mongolia here we come!
Last day in China…. 7:05 time stamped and off we go…   One can never be quite certain how border crossings will go. Our exit from China seemed to be relatively seamless. “Drivers in one line, passengers in the other.” “Passengers sorry… this line”…… “No…wait… passengers merge back into that line.” It was fine. A bit of a wait, so a browse through the duty free shop where I wasn’t going to pay $10 for a small block of chocolate… and it wasn’t long before Penny and Max came around the corner after being with the Chinese ‘official car inspectors’… and then we were in ‘no man’s land’ with the wind from the north picking up the sand and dust; preparing us for the Gobi desert in Mongolia.   We were issued an orange satchel with information from Nomads tours for our week journey through Mongolia. Passports handed over … portraits scrutinised …. and once again Penny was off toward the west where the plains which were covered with a short grass which had become quite a luminescent green after recent rain; were dotted with white circular yurts and horses, goats, cows and dromedary camels.   There were fewer trucks […]
A wonderfully diverse day…. Datong to Erenhot  
Time control check out at 7:05 today from the hotel lobby where I passed my little blue book with a little gadget which records the times we either arrive or leave a ‘Time Control” point…. then off we went toward Erenhot.   Disemboweled apartment blocks stood clumped across the landscape. Wide roads seemed empty. Where had everyone gone? Had people ever lived there? We drove through such a varied and at times perplexing landscape where time was not evident. Just emptiness.   Extensive motorways had been built yet the entrances to the on-ramps had been blocked off and some of the sides of the barrier rails had turned to rubble. Had they been completed?? Or had they become redundant because the people had not been funneled into these huge cities that were built with such regimentation it was hard for me – admittedly as a voyeur; to gauge the life within it.   The sky darkened and the windscreen splatted with huge drops. We decided to pop on the roof and we were so glad we did. As much as we don’t like having the roof on… we were snug and warm.   Penny’s motor sung sweetly and at times […]