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Hey beautiful earthlings! 

Happy Friday! How’s your week been? 

Mine’s been pretty rad for the most part... filled with lots of computer time with Madeleine Jones who is the mastermind behind the workings of this here website! Without Madeleine I wouldn't have, couldn't have done it AT ALL! So much gratitude for this beautiful girl. And although I've been feeling extremely blessed this week, to be completely honest, my week has really had it's highs and it's had it's lows. My stupid chronic disease has been getting the better of me lately and making me feel a tad low.  The pretty cool thing is that I’m getting better and better at recognising the beginning of the spiral into the abyss, and creating strategies to combat it. This is a big shift in the paradigm! Other than that, I’ve also felt a little lost with where to go from here, on here... Eyes Wide Open are feeling a little too eyes tight shut right now! But I am letting myself to the notion of growing with the flow.

Admittedly as a slight procrastination, but also an immense desire to not mess up on the first date so to speak, I've decided that even though it’s a little passé and I’m a little behind the 8 ball, I’m going to share some of my favourite images from 2017. Yep... the old ‘better late than never’ line. Ha! 

It’s eleven images to be exact because one: favourite number (side note: did you know that 2018 is a master 11 year? Big Big Big!), and two: they are all ones I personally j’adore for different reasons (that have sweet FA to do with technique because I take pictures to share moments not settings hehe). Alas, I do  have a confession. My folders, my laptop, my phone and all my many unmarked external hardrives are a complete and utter fucking disaster of an unnavigable MESS, and I’ve been tearing my already thinning hair out, trying to find particular images I’ve had on my list for the print store  (and of course for this blog post that I initially thought was such a sweet idea!) *cue massive eye roll and even possible tears at many lost souls. 

Are they my BEST work? Mmmmmm yeah naaaahhhh maybe. Are they the BEST work I could find in one day without throwing my computer off the balcony... YES!! 

Well lovely people, I hope you love them as much as I do! 

 Meeting a Quokka has literally been on the top of my bucket list since 2011, and last year I was so happy I got to share the experience with my good friend and work colleague  Garry Norris . So whilst this definitely isn't my technically best shot from Rottnest Island,  Western Australia  (one of only two places in the world to see the happiest little animal roaming wild & free) it is my favourite, because just look at that face! He wanted to climb on me and although you are not allowed to touch them at all, which of course I didn't, what could I do when the little cutie touched me!? Except die of heart burst of course! 

Meeting a Quokka has literally been on the top of my bucket list since 2011, and last year I was so happy I got to share the experience with my good friend and work colleague Garry Norris. So whilst this definitely isn't my technically best shot from Rottnest Island, Western Australia (one of only two places in the world to see the happiest little animal roaming wild & free) it is my favourite, because just look at that face! He wanted to climb on me and although you are not allowed to touch them at all, which of course I didn't, what could I do when the little cutie touched me!? Except die of heart burst of course! 

 Who's ever been to the  VIVID FESTIVAL  in Sydney? Omg isn't it so beautiful! This particular night I had just learnt how to use the 'Live Composite' mode on my  Olympus OM-D E-M1 MII  (I'll be doing a post on this at a later date) and we were on the Harbour Bridge in the hammering rain, eating takeaway Thai, having the best time ever! I love how imperfect all the raindrops and boats light trails are. 

Who's ever been to the VIVID FESTIVAL in Sydney? Omg isn't it so beautiful! This particular night I had just learnt how to use the 'Live Composite' mode on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 MII (I'll be doing a post on this at a later date) and we were on the Harbour Bridge in the hammering rain, eating takeaway Thai, having the best time ever! I love how imperfect all the raindrops and boats light trails are. 

 Early in the year my daughter Anji (pictured looking adorable) and I had a weekend getaway on the  Sunshine Coast  of South East Queensland. We were fortunate enough to stay at a beautiful little luxury place called  Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat   which was just down the road from the famous One Tree Hill location. I'd never been before, and was stoked! The view of the Glasshouse Mountains is spectacular. And travelling with my daughters, anywhere, even to the corner store, is always my favourite!  

Early in the year my daughter Anji (pictured looking adorable) and I had a weekend getaway on the Sunshine Coast of South East Queensland. We were fortunate enough to stay at a beautiful little luxury place called Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat  which was just down the road from the famous One Tree Hill location. I'd never been before, and was stoked! The view of the Glasshouse Mountains is spectacular. And travelling with my daughters, anywhere, even to the corner store, is always my favourite!  

 I have always been in love with all things Fibonacci in nature, and in our wild life in general (even the little blue spiral emoji is my fave) so photographing this beauty in Falls Creek,  See High Country , Victoria was a dreamy moment for me. It's always the little things that make me most happy. Using my  Olympus  25mm F1.2 Pro lens on my OM-D E-M1 Mark II, helped me make it just that little bit extra special. I love the unique feathering bokeh effect the Olympus pro lenses create. 

I have always been in love with all things Fibonacci in nature, and in our wild life in general (even the little blue spiral emoji is my fave) so photographing this beauty in Falls Creek, See High Country, Victoria was a dreamy moment for me. It's always the little things that make me most happy. Using my Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro lens on my OM-D E-M1 Mark II, helped me make it just that little bit extra special. I love the unique feathering bokeh effect the Olympus pro lenses create. 

 The calming effect this photo has on me is just the same as the peaceful feeling  lavender essential oil  gives me! Haha! There is something so beautiful about mist and lakes and lush greens, something so ethereal. Mostly I just remember how utterly at peace I felt whilst sitting by the waters edge, watching and waiting as the fog rolled in and out an over and across the Crams Farm Reserve, hiding & revealing Mt. Wollumbin in the background. As Above  So Below .

The calming effect this photo has on me is just the same as the peaceful feeling lavender essential oil gives me! Haha! There is something so beautiful about mist and lakes and lush greens, something so ethereal. Mostly I just remember how utterly at peace I felt whilst sitting by the waters edge, watching and waiting as the fog rolled in and out an over and across the Crams Farm Reserve, hiding & revealing Mt. Wollumbin in the background. As Above So Below.

 In February last year I was lucky enough to do a small job in the  Murray River  region of Victoria, with this gorgeous lady  Georgie Mann  and being the go-getter that she is we headed out for a night under the Milky Way. (I'm afraid of the dark so usually too chicken for night shoots) I loved this night so much and I'm including this because it's not often I venture out into the wild darkness and feel as at peace as I did this night.

In February last year I was lucky enough to do a small job in the Murray River region of Victoria, with this gorgeous lady Georgie Mann and being the go-getter that she is we headed out for a night under the Milky Way. (I'm afraid of the dark so usually too chicken for night shoots) I loved this night so much and I'm including this because it's not often I venture out into the wild darkness and feel as at peace as I did this night.

 If you have followed my  Instagram  at all, you might have noticed that I LOVE animals just a little bit. (A LOT!!!) Hence why there's a few in this blog post. Including this handsome fella! A divine  White Tail  Black Cockatoo, that I captured while walking the Cape To Cape Track, in Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the  Margaret River  region of Western Australia. His cheeky little eye on me just melts my heart!

If you have followed my Instagram at all, you might have noticed that I LOVE animals just a little bit. (A LOT!!!) Hence why there's a few in this blog post. Including this handsome fella! A divine White Tail Black Cockatoo, that I captured while walking the Cape To Cape Track, in Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. His cheeky little eye on me just melts my heart!

 I'm sure you already know this lovely lady, but just in case you don't, let me introduce you to the divine miss  Emma Kate  (Co). In October, I was invited by  Olympus  to Queenstown, New Zealand, alongside Emma and a crew of awesomely talented journalists, bloggers, photographers, and influencers, and my faves from the Olympus team, and we took four helicopters filled with Aussies up to the top of The Remarkables! It was truly REMARKABLE!

I'm sure you already know this lovely lady, but just in case you don't, let me introduce you to the divine miss Emma Kate (Co). In October, I was invited by Olympus to Queenstown, New Zealand, alongside Emma and a crew of awesomely talented journalists, bloggers, photographers, and influencers, and my faves from the Olympus team, and we took four helicopters filled with Aussies up to the top of The Remarkables! It was truly REMARKABLE!

 Okay, I'm not gonna lie... this is (personally) one of my best pictures of 2017 and I was... lets say a tad more than tipsy when I took it. Quite a tad more. With guess who?  Miss Lauren EP Bath  that's who! Ooops. This was taken while I was staying at the incredible  Sal Salis   luxury eco resort on the shores of Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and the gas had gone out in the kitchen leaving us all to be drinking far more wine than we should have whilst waiting for it to be fixed. Yes, drinking wine can on occasion equal 'work' in this crazy job of mine.  Many of you may know that  WA is my FAVE state  in OZ! True story! I love it so much! 

Okay, I'm not gonna lie... this is (personally) one of my best pictures of 2017 and I was... lets say a tad more than tipsy when I took it. Quite a tad more. With guess who? Miss Lauren EP Bath that's who! Ooops. This was taken while I was staying at the incredible Sal Salis  luxury eco resort on the shores of Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and the gas had gone out in the kitchen leaving us all to be drinking far more wine than we should have whilst waiting for it to be fixed. Yes, drinking wine can on occasion equal 'work' in this crazy job of mine.  Many of you may know that WA is my FAVE state in OZ! True story! I love it so much! 

 I know I know! We've all seen a gazillion images of 'that Wanaka tree", but this one is special to me because I learnt a new trick this day in New Zealand, with the Olympus tribe, on how to create a reflection (I'll let you in on the secret another time) off the lovely, extremely talented Lisa Michelle Burns aka  The Wandering Lens  as we tested out the newly launched  OM_D E-M10 Mark III  and everyone was going crazy over it!

I know I know! We've all seen a gazillion images of 'that Wanaka tree", but this one is special to me because I learnt a new trick this day in New Zealand, with the Olympus tribe, on how to create a reflection (I'll let you in on the secret another time) off the lovely, extremely talented Lisa Michelle Burns aka The Wandering Lens as we tested out the newly launched OM_D E-M10 Mark III and everyone was going crazy over it!

 Seriously the flukiest shot I've ever taken! Still can't believe I got it every time I look at it, but there it is. It was just one shot, no continuous shutter speed, and over in a split second, didn't even know what the heck my settings were at, because if you've seen me shoot at all, you'll know the chaotic, panicky state I'm normally in, where all knowledge is forgotten, and you can pretty much see my brain exploding, kinda style I've become accustomed to working in. haha! So, anyway, this girl catching her brekky was captured whilst cruising the Tweed River near Tumbulgum, Northern Rivers, NSW, just like a  phoenix rising  with those golden fiery wings!

Seriously the flukiest shot I've ever taken! Still can't believe I got it every time I look at it, but there it is. It was just one shot, no continuous shutter speed, and over in a split second, didn't even know what the heck my settings were at, because if you've seen me shoot at all, you'll know the chaotic, panicky state I'm normally in, where all knowledge is forgotten, and you can pretty much see my brain exploding, kinda style I've become accustomed to working in. haha! So, anyway, this girl catching her brekky was captured whilst cruising the Tweed River near Tumbulgum, Northern Rivers, NSW, just like a phoenix rising with those golden fiery wings!

And that concludes eleven of my faves from 2017. Let me know which one you liked best in the comments below! And even subscribe too, if you wanna be the first to hear more of my ramblings! :P

Big love JZ xO

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