Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love, Forgiveness & Gratitude

REAL love is unconditional, loyal, kind, honest...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Don't hold grudges, instead forgive so you can be free, so you can have peace and happiness.

"If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." - Mother Theresa

Finding gratitude not only in the good times, but even in the difficult times. There is so much to be thankful for no matter what the circumstances of life may bring. Finding thankfulness in the hard stuff brings blessing & joy.

"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation." - Brian Tracy

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present….Gratefully" - Maya Angelou

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Moody Shorncliffe

Over the last 4 1/2 years since I bought my DSLR, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with other photographers around south-east Queensland and New South Wales. It has been a great experience to connect with like-minded people and to learn a little more about shooting in certain conditions.

One thing I have noticed is that so many photographers are obsessed with "chasing colour" and anything less than extremely brilliant sunrises and sunsets aren't worth shooting.

I am passionate about shooting landscapes, no matter how stunning the sunrises & sunsets are. I am just as happy with the bright reds, oranges & yellows of an intense sunrise or sunset as I am with the pastel mauves, pinks and blues of a moody one.

I also love shooting during the day, capturing the contrasts of green landscapes & blue skies.

Below is a moody sunrise taken at Shorncliffe Pier back in 2014... I loved the pastel hues. This pier is currently being fully refurbished to preserve this slice of history.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

F A M I L Y - Over The Years

Gifted from above with these 4 beautiful treasures, I cannot imagine life without them.
I have loved being a Mum, and raising these wonderful people; I am beyond blessed, favoured by God, my heart is full!
Daniel, Sarah, Rebecca & Ben. December 1993

Sarah, Dan, Ben (1st day of school) & Bec. January 1997

In 1998 my children's father left us and we became "The Denehy 5".

Creating wonderful memories together, loads of laughter, peace, loyalty, kindness, compassion, respect, gratitude and love were our strengths.
Hastings, VIC. January 1998

Flinders, VIC. January 2000

Surfers Paradise Beach, QLD. January 2001

When adversity challenged us, it only served to bring us closer together. Knowing that we had one another, strengthened our bonds.
January 2002

January 2002 with our beautiful Border Collie, Maggie

June 2003

Together we were stronger, together we were a family.
March 2004

December 2004


December 2005

November 2006

Siblings (and friends) July 2007

December 2007

December 2008

December 2009 at my wedding

March 2010 - with my parents, at Sarah & Oscar's wedding

"FAMILY like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one."

My hope and prayer is that my children will never forget where their roots are.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


In the midst of impossible circumstances, I have been challenged to think about how I should respond and choose to move forward knowing that I am utterly helpless in changing the situation...
I thought long and hard, and I shed many many tears... And finally one word came to mind... TRUST.

TRUST means having faith. TRUST means believing. TRUST means letting go. TRUST means being grateful.

If God can create such a beautiful and wonderful world with such intricate detail, then He surely has the power to change the impossible...

Therefore, in having faithtrusting, believing and letting go, I am also choosing GRATITUDE
I am choosing to slowly rise above the difficult circumstances in my life journey. 
I am choosing to be grateful for all I have and for those who have chosen to walk this journey with me. 

I am choosing to allow the difficult circumstances of life to help me grow... I cannot change the circumstances, but I can certainly choose how I respond to them. 

I am choosing to TRUST and live in HOPE that one day things will be different. 
Finally, and most importantly, I am choosing to LOVE!

**All images take in my Mum's beautiful cottage garden on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday: Common Blackbird

While holidaying on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula over the Christmas/New Year period, we had some regular visitors to my parent's yard; a bird we don't see up in sub-tropical Queensland.

The Common Blackbird was introduced to Melbourne, Australia in the 1850s. The male is the 'black' bird, with deep orange to yellow bill, a narrow yellow eye-ring and dark legs.

The female is a brown bird, with some streaks or mottling, and has a dark bill and legs. Immature birds are similar to the female with lighter underparts.

The Common Blackbird, was originally confined to Melbourne and Adelaide, but has gradually expanded its range throughout south-eastern Australia, both on the coast and inland, as far north as Sydney, and including Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands.

It is most often found in urban areas and surrounding localities, but has successfully moved into bushland habitats. It is often seen in orchards, vineyards and gardens, as well as along roadsides and in parks.

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"A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words"

For me, one of the beautiful things about photographing nature is that an image, or series of images, can evoke a feeling or make a statement without the need to utter words.
The old expression "A picture is worth a thousand words", refers to the belief that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image, or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.

I have titled the above image "Where Power Meets Serenity". My hope was to convey an idea without any further explanation.

There are times I feel compelled to share some of my personal thoughts or revelations on life with my image/s...

Sometimes we encounter "storms" in our lives, and we may have absolutely no power to alter or improve the situation. It is at these times that my photography has been a welcome source of therapy; my "happy place", as I like to call it.
Being surrounded by nature and photographing its beauty has the ability to instill peace, soothe my soul and calm my mind... My focus switches from the difficult circumstances of life, to the gratitude I have for life itself, for the wonderful people I share my life with, and the blessing of God's creation.

There are other times when I enjoy the challenge of seeking out a quote that may convey the message of my image...

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." ~ Denis Waitley

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