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

Laura

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!

Laura

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

Laura

Laura

And, we're back in the city centre!

And, we’re back in the city centre!

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Posted on March 30, 2013, in Architecture, Dublin, Ireland, Nature, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 62 Comments.

  1. It does look like a good good Friday indeed! Thanks for sharing…

  2. Thanks for visiting, Anne.

  3. I enjoyed your easter series…esp. that last shot that might be a story worth thinking about all in it’s own.

  4. I checked back to my photos of this date last year when the blossom was blooming and the Hawthorn trees were covered in leaves. Your photos are glorious and I agree that a little bit of the warmth in the sun would be a great idea both for photography and simply to warm the bones!

    • Thanks very much! Such a stark contrast to last year unfortunately, but summer is coming, I just know it is! I brought the camera on a walk today too, didn’t take many photos (it was overcast and I’ve done the walk countless times), but my God, it was cold :)

      • As a super optomist I too trust that a beautiful Spring is on the way and we had better be ready with those cameras – we will be drunk with all the colour! Still wearing all the winter layers until the sun comes out.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous shots!

  6. Great photos as always. Cheer up about the cold, at least you don’t have anymore snow on ground. My son in Amsterdam was complaining about the cold and the relentless wind as well when we skyped him yesterday.

    • Thanks! I’m happy. Freezing, but happy! I think it’s just after catching us all unaware, winter arriving a few months later than normal. This week just gone was the coldest here since December 2010, when we had the “big freeze”!

  7. Makesmewantto visit. Great ahots

  8. Thanks…don’t worry if your photos aren’t up to your standards – Ireland never fails to pull me in.

  9. Our Easter is generally bathed in sunlight, warm weather and likewise, for many, spent at the beach!! Looks very different there though :)!! Where I live even on our coldest days it never looks as cold as your photos give the impression of being. Thanks for sharing your day with us – nice photos too mate – Love the kite shot – Brilliant!!

  10. one more thing – go to this link if you have time – http://keithtrevett.wordpress.com/gallery-1/for-conor/ – Thanks!!

  11. The camera is nourishment for your soul, Conor. Don’t neglect it! Happy Easter! xoxoM

  12. I wish I could have joined you. Snow here. Love the puddle shot, it looks like the tardis has just parked up.

  13. Beautiful series of your lovely area.

  14. Looks like you had an excellent day out with the camera Conor.

  15. Happy Easter weekend to you. March does bring winds strong enough to fly kites on Good Friday. Makes me think of all those days when I was a kid running fast across the meadow with my kite high above my head hoping I will not sumble and fall before the contest is over. Competing against 4 brothers was always fun and a challenge.

  16. Beautiful places and beautiful pictures !

  17. Thanks for taking me along – a truly beautiful day!

  18. You have a wonderful way of turning the ordinary into something special :)

  19. Wow your model is real beauty (laura) :) Great pics!

  20. How my heart longs for a dose of Ireland! Thank you for keeping me connected Cullen.

  21. A lovely set of images, as always. It looks like you had a good time, and portrayed it wonderfully well. I’m all for the photo revival too. Bless you, dear Conor.

  22. Now that looks like an interesting and delightful place to visit. Pity I live so far away.

  23. these photos are quite nice, great textures……..and that park is lovely too, glad to have discovered your site!

  24. I enjoyed this post immensely!!! So nice getting to see your work. Look forward to seeing more in the future.

  25. Lovely set but the tree roots are my favourite. And the eyes. Gorgeous eyes. Do go to Florence. It’s hard to leave once you get there.

  26. Great stuff: particularly fond of the shot from the bathing shelter :)

  27. Really like those trees in the park!

  28. You have a beautiful park there, I’m very envious! Beautiful photos too. Glad you include Laura, she is a Devine part of you. Thanks for all you do, makes my day.

  29. Lovely images Conor. I especially like the images of Laura – the first and second are my favorite. The silhouette is great. And her blue eyes are amazing. Well done! Robyn

  30. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

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