Howth Head in detail

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St Anne’s Park Rose Garden

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Barrystown sunset

Going...

Going…

Going...

Going…

Almost gone...

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Just gone...

Just gone…

Gone.

Gone.

 

Cabbage

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A Sunny January Saturday in Connemara

Waking up in sunny Salthill

Laura waking up in sunny Salthill

So last Saturday, I finally picked up the camera again.

Gathering dust since the summer, its first major outing since then was to beautiful, rugged Connemara in the west of Ireland – the poor ol’ Nikon deserved a treat!

The photography Gods were smiling on us as we got a fine, sunny, rain-free day – rare enough at the best of times, never mind January!

These photos are ordered chronologically from first light to last light, or from our Salthill base in the morning to the sunset in Connemara.

They show our stop offs on our way to Connemara National Park, which were made randomly, when we liked the look of something… and I liked the look of a lot of reflections!

And then they show, when we got to the park, the hike up Diamond Hill and back down again, as the sun set on a great day.

Stopped here while driving by, hopped a fence, tip-toed through a very marshy field looking for tufts of steady tufts of grass to get to the water's edge. Feet got wet. Fell on my arse. It also got wet. Totally worth it!

Stopped here while driving by, hopped a fence, tip-toed through a very marshy field looking for tufts of steady tufts of grass to get to the water’s edge. Feet got wet. Fell on my arse. It also got wet. Totally worth it!

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Wayside Shrine at Killary Pier, Connemara.

Wayside Shrine at Killary Pier, Connemara.

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The view from near the top of Diamond Hill

The view from near the top of Diamond Hill

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Sun begins to set...

Sun begins to set…

... on the rocky road back down

… on the rocky road back down

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Last light

Morocco

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Red & Blue

Laura well wrapped up before our Sahara trek. More Morocco photos to follow.

Laura well wrapped up before our Sahara camel trek. More Morocco photos to follow.

Barcelona: A Snapshot

Portrait

Portrait

I travelled to Barcelona for the Primavera music festival recently. Here are some of the photos I took.

Metro Stairs

Metro Stairs

Faces

Faces

Stairs

Stairs

Laughing Lads

Laughing Lads

Dancing

Dancing

Drumming

Drumming

Peeking

Peeking

Bunting

Bunting

More bunting

More bunting

Volleyball

Serving

Lobster by the Port

Lobster by the Port

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (public market)

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (public market)

Music in the market

Music in the market

Walking the dog

Walking the dog

Building sandcastles

Building sandcastles

Kite

Kite

Caught in the break

Caught in the break

Making music

Making music

Having dinner in the shade

Having dinner in the shade

Looking up at Sagrada Familia

Looking up at Sagrada Familia

The sun behind Sagrada Familia

The sun behind Sagrada Familia

Primavera

Primavera

Reaching for the sky

Reaching for the sky

Fountain

Lounging by the fountain

Angel

Little angel

Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square

Flowers at Plaça de Catalunya

Flowers at Plaça de Catalunya

Feeding the pigeons

Feeding the pigeons

Chewing

Chewing

Park Güell

Park Güell

Tiles

Tiles

Park Güell

Park Güell

Street Lamps

Street Lamps

Great day for drying

Great day for drying

The Copper Fish

The Copper Fish

Unrequited...

Unrequited…

A few snaps

Atlanta about to make a wish

Atlanta about to make a wish

I have disappeared off the blogging radar in recent times. This has been largely due to a combination of being very busy and a lack of inspiration when windows of opportunity do arise.

I took the neglected Nikon out yesterday for my niece Savannah’s Communion celebrations and some of those photos are below.

I have also included a few snaps I took on a couple of the other rare occasions I have briefly taken the camera out lately.

Hopefully, this post will kickstart more regular photo taking and posting.

Savannah puts her shoes back on to restore the full Communion outfit after a spin on the bouncy castle

Savannah puts her shoes back on to restore the full Communion outfit after a spin on the bouncy castle

One of the many colourful flowers in my mother's garden

One of the many colourful flowers in my mother’s garden

If you look closely into Savannah's eye you'll see the photographer

If you look closely into Savannah’s eye you’ll see the photographer

This tree at Johnstown Castle definitely has a story to tell

This tree at Johnstown Castle definitely has a story to tell

Laura's face. My leg.

Laura’s smile. My leg

Strawberries

Strawberries

Laura and Savannah draw in the sand as Shauna lets a rock go behind them...

Laura and Savannah draw in the sand oblivious to the fact that Shauna has let a rock go behind them…

The Aftermath!

The Aftermath!

Pretty impressive rhododendron across the lake at Johnstown Castle

A pretty impressive rhododendron, as seen from across the lake at Johnstown Castle

A rhododendron casaulty

A rhododendron casualty floating on the lake

Savannah and Shauna

Savannah and Shauna at the former’s Communion celebrations

Laura skimming a stone

Laura skims a stone at Cullenstown Beach

Atlanta starts on the rocky path across the water

Atlanta navigates a rocky path across the water

Laura drying her hair

Laura drying her hair

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Rusty and I relaxing in the car boot before heading to the beach

Rusty and I relaxing in the car boot before heading for a walk

Gianna

Gianna

Savannah takes off

Savannah takes off

Fountain

Neglected fountain at Johnstown Castle

Johnstown Castle

Johnstown Castle

Atlanta makes her way...

Atlanta makes her way…

To make her mark

To make her mark

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Skerries

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We took a quick spin to Skerries yesterday afternoon as it’s where the owner of the ear pictured above will be spending her working week.

And what’s a reconnaissance mission without a few photos?

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