I got to Poolbeg as the light was fading last Friday evening and went for a walk from beneath the smoke stacks out along the Great South Wall (or South Bull Wall) to the lighthouse at the end of it, which is pretty much smack bang in the middle of Dublin Bay.

It was a beautiful evening and with my current injury woes I was moving (painfully) slowly. But this just meant even more time to take in the beautiful surroundings as I made my between Poolbeg’s two famous landmarks and back again, by which time the sun had well and truly set.

The interesting thing about the setting sun (apart from the fantastic sky of course!) was that when I was facing back towards Dublin city and the smoke stacks and then facing out into the bay, towards the lighthouse, they were two completely different skies.

Anyway, here’s Poolbeg as I saw it. As ever, click on the images for the big files, if you so wish.

P.S. If you don’t like lighthouses and/or smoke stacks then this is definitely not the post for you!

Posted on October 16, 2012, in Architecture, Dublin, Ireland, Nature, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 104 Comments.

  1. I love this set of photos. The composition is so well thought out. My favourite is the sunset [both of them]. I’m really enjoying your posts, Conor. Thank you.

  2. I agree with Lizzie!! You have a remarkable eye for composition. My favourite is the lighthouse – because lighthouses represent a beacon of hope!!

  3. Fabulous post Conor! Thoroughly enjoyed the images. Hope your feeling better. Your creativity and talent did not suffer from your pain! πŸ˜‰

  4. What a compelling collection. I love the graininess and texture of the first image, while the monochrome sunset is triumphant.

  5. Awesome images Conor! (and I don’t mean that in a lame, worn-out American vocabulary way either – truly awe-inspiring)

  6. sarahjaneprosetry

    Your work is so impressive. Would it be ok to use one of your photos as inspiration for a poem at post it on my blog if I give you full credit and a link to your site?

  7. Love that raincloud – the first shot of it is really great. Excellent sequence.

  8. A great photo shoot and interesting landscape. I like both: lighthouses and smokestacks.

  9. Beautiful lighthouse and scenery. πŸ™‚

  10. Nicely chosen shots; evocative. Look forward to more.

  11. Beautiful Conor as always!!

  12. Spectacular sunset and rainbow shots…. love them! πŸ™‚

  13. Sensational series Conor! That image with the colorful stairs looking down toward the water is fantastic!

  14. A new post! πŸ™‚
    Great pictures again!
    The one with the bird is beautiful and I really like
    the one with the robe. Mostly taking photographs of the most simple thing is really difficult, but if it works, than you got a beautiful picture. And it worked! Because it’s a beautiful picture!

    Have a lovely day Conor!


    • Thanks Claudia, I really appreciate your feedback, as always. I’ll try not to leave it so long before I post next time, though I just keep getting busier πŸ™‚ I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow too.

  15. beautiful photographs, I loved that ladder!

  16. Beauuuuutiful photos Conor!!! Stunning!!!

  17. Great set of images there are some great colours and depths to them – I love the lighthouse-through-the-winch one; really nice composition.

  18. awesome is the word!
    I love dsc_0345….every image is a gem!
    Great stuff Conor!

  19. I love pictures of sunlight on water, there’s something magical about them. And crepuscular rays (I prefer ‘rays of heaven’ on purely poetic grounds!) always look amazing!
    Beautiful pictures.

  20. Just brilliant, Conor. I love the view down the ladder.

  21. Love the black and white shot with the red lighthouse in the distance!

  22. Beautiful series. The first one is definitely my favourite! πŸ™‚

  23. 2, 12 and 13 were the standouts but they ALL are amazing Cullen. So crisp and clear…almost like being there. #2 I loved because of how you used the brick wall as a frame, #12because of how colorful the steps are in contrast to the waters below and #13 because
    you found the one odd brick in the lot! What a beautiful place.

  24. Really enjoyed these photos. Many years ago, my father got a job painting the red and white on those smoke stacks! πŸ™‚

  25. Your photos always restore me at the end of a long day. Thanks for sharing these.

  26. Thank you for sharing such beauty πŸ™‚

  27. looks like a beautiful place. You did it justice.

  28. great stuff Connor – I really enjoy visiting your blog – you’ve got ‘it’ πŸ˜€

  29. sorry Conor… one n. πŸ™‚

  30. The lighthouse is my favorite subject! Love this red one. Especially the picture of the lighthouse through a wheel and the slanted shot of path to the lighthouse.

  31. Wow, I happened to find this blog by accident and these pictures are just amazing and inspiring. I’ll be back for more!

  32. Fabulous photos, they beat my “snaps” hands down.

  33. Dragons are impressed.

  34. hutchphotography2020

    Very nice set. Thanks for posting.

  35. I’d’ve been super-proud to have captured any one of these, and here you’ve gone and stuffed them all in a single post and I can’t even… my mind, it is boggling.

    The graffiti-man stuck out to me, mostly because he’s contrasty and unlike the rest of the scenery. And then I looked at the full size version, and saw that graffiti-man is the Minister for Silly Talk, and that’s just awesome.

    In conclusion: these are all great.

  36. This is one of my favourite walks to do with visitors as looking back at the Sugar loaf, looking forward at Howth, across to Bull Island and over to Dun Laoghaire, you realise why Dublin is a great city to live in! How are you getting on with that photo competition?

    • Hey there, thanks for stopping by! Ya, it’s a lovely spot and, as you point out, nice and central. Nice walk from Sandymount, but I couldn’t handle a walk that long right now! Photo competition is over, no prize for me! Some fantastc entries in there.

  37. really beautiful images. Many evoked an audible response of “oooo” or “ahh” from me! Thank you.

  38. Love the cog pic with the lighthouse in the background, looks so eerie!
    Fantastic , really enjoy seeing your posts!

  39. Oh man, this has given me such a hankering for the sea where I grew up in West Wales, London pavements just don’t hack it. Thanks for posting. x

  40. The multi-colored ladder is brilliant.

  41. Reblogged this on chaotiqual.

  42. I love the iron ladder. What great colours!

  43. Some very excellent compositions here, I particularly like the framing of the red lighthouse in the cog and shot looking down at the ladders descending into the turbulent water.

  44. Definitely the 2nd photograph.
    PS: Who doesn’t like lighthouses? (Rhetoric question)

  45. Oh these are just gorgeous! So much variety and visual beauty. I was in Ireland for the first time this April and of course, I want to go back!

  46. I’ve found your blog recently and I love it! I have moved to Ireland (Co Wexford) just a few weeks ago so I am only discovering the country nowadays. (Among other reasons) this is why I enjoy your pictures about Curracloe and Wexford, and the beaches very much. Well done πŸ™‚

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