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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A Good Good Friday

Flying a kite at Bull Island

Flying a kite at Bull Island

So, with city centre cabin fever setting in, Laura and I travelled the very short distance to one of Dublin’s gems, Bull Island, yesterday, Good Friday.

It was very cold, as it has been lately, with a biting wind, but the sun was shining and the fresh, sea air was heaven-sent.

Afterwards, we stopped in across the road (almost literally) to the beautiful and somewhat underrated St Anne’s Park for a short while.

The photos aren’t great, but it was nice to get the camera back in my hands again, it has been all-too-rare lately.

But, we get an extra hour this weekend and – even though it doesn’t feel like it in this unseasonably cold weather – summer is coming.

I feel a photo-revival coming on!

The smokestacks seen from one of the bathing shelters on Bull Island

The smokestacks seen from one of the bathing shelters on Bull Island

Bull Island's Realt na Mara (Star of the Sea) statue

Bull Island’s Realt na Mara (Star of the Sea) statue

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Laura at the end of the North Bull Wall

The Telegraph Car sign...

The Telegraph Car post on Bull Island…

... and a close up

… and a close up

One of the bathing shelters on Bull Island. There actually was a lady using this. She was suffering the icy waters in the hope it would help with a persistent running injury. However, while the "Gents" and "Ladies" shelters remain, the segregation doesn't.

One of the bathing shelters on Bull Island. There actually was a lady using this! She was suffering the icy waters in the hope it would help with a persistent running injury. However, while the “Gents” and “Ladies” shelters remain, the segregation doesn’t!

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Laura, with Dollymount Strand in the background

Watch your step! Looking out into Dublin Bay from the top of the North Bull Wall

Watch your step! Looking out into Dublin Bay from the top of the North Bull Wall

Dog chasing after a stone at Bull Island

A dog chasing after a stone at Bull Island

St Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park

St Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park

Laura checking out the trees at St Anne's Park

Laura checking out the trees at St Anne’s Park

St Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park

Enjoying a walk at St Anne's Park

Enjoying a walk at St Anne’s Park

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Laura

And, we're back in the city centre!

And, we’re back in the city centre!

Dun Laoghaire Baths

A short history of Dun Laoghaire Baths

Plans for redevelopment? 

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Rogue Wave!

This image was captured the split second before I got an unexpected (and very cold!) shower while taking some photos in Dun Laoghaire today.

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Dublin Street Art

These two pieces of street art are located less than 100 yards from each other on North Anne Street in Dublin.

The first is really striking and, in my opinion, a really impressive and effective piece.

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The second is, well, pure Dublin in many ways. The plaster fell off the brick wall in a particular way and someone saw an opportunity to bring a bit of character to it.

It makes me smile.

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