Taking a moment to breathe

When the Dali Lama was asked what surprised him the most.
He said Man
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.
Then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present,
and as a result he does not live in the present or the future.
He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.

I took some time off recently to breathe and to put back into what the past six months had taken out of me. My fiance Stu and I spent some time in the bush and up in the mountains. I spent many precious moments smelling the sound of the wind, hearing the smell of the sunshine, listening, breathing and being.

I put my camera down for the most part ….. sometimes as photographers we need to see all around us, to feel, to hear, to taste, to touch, to smell. To truly be in the moment rather than trying to construct the moment from that little rectangle. This is my belief anyway, this is what I did.

Here are a few pics I did take.

PS Have you noticed how you stop breathing when you click the shutter (or is that just me??)


  1. Andrea Ellison Photography on September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I held my breath looking at all those images ….quite literally breath taking x …simply beautiful

  2. Kerry on September 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Love that quote from the Dalai Lama… whenever I feel like I’m getting lost in the little stuff and losing the plot I read it and try to focus on what’s important. Very wise words.

  3. Natalie Griese on September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Oh good lord these pictures are breathtaking.

  4. nicole on September 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    hope you are refreshed & inspired …. lots of excitement here to see the next series of wedding / life photos

    make sure you make some time for yoga

    namaste x

  5. Robyn on September 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    So well said Jax! This really hit home to me. As always the pictures are truly breath taking. Love them all x

  6. carmen visser on September 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    kief shot of your feet in the tree!!!!!! * blessings* for the season . x

  7. Delia on September 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Lovely blog post and I agree we forget to breathe as the human race, quite a lot! x

  8. samantha maber on September 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    beautiful friend. I love everything about this post. x

  9. cara on September 7, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Yes. Each shot made me gasp. And hold my breath for just a second. In a good way. A soulful post from a soulful person. Thank you for posting, Jacki. All good wishes to you this season.

  10. Lex on September 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Love it Jax, so restful ♥

  11. lisa bradley on September 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful Jax. xxxxx

  12. Derryn on September 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Great Jax.

    Something to think about.

    Were these all taken with your delicious new camera?


  13. Tricia on September 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Food for thought. And I just adore that first image of the giraffe and the bird.

  14. Lee-Ann Smith on September 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Jax these pics are spectacular xxxxx so peaceful to look at – love them! xxx

  15. Brenda Wardall on September 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    What a peaceful set of images! Know exactly what you mean by holding your breath! I became aware of doing that just the other day.

  16. Anne on October 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    yes indeed… breathtakingly moving…

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