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Deer

During a stroll in the Phoenix Park recently I came across this lot enjoying a relaxing evening on the pitches.

They’re pretty friendly, but I only got a few minutes before it started to lash rain and they (like me) ran for cover.

I’ll go back over some day soon and do it properly.

You can read all about the Phoenix Park’s deer here.

Fashion Show

I was walking for something to eat last Friday night when I noticed some action up by the Powerscourt Centre.

South William Street in Dublin City Centre was also cordoned off, so naturally, being the inquisitive sort, I wandered up to have a look.

Turns out there was an event on later that night as part of Dublin Fashion Festival. which I was unaware was even going on, but then I’m not much of a Fashionista to be fair!

When I arrived on the scene the models were already on the scene, preparing for the show ahead and, no doubt, seeing if they could safely negotiate the steep, stone steps in sky-high stilettos. I took a few candid snaps there before going to dinner and then stopped back afterwards to see a small bit fo the show, taking a few more photos.

On my return to the scene, it was packed with people, but the official photographer for the event kindly invited me up the other side of the ladder he was using in a great spot across the road. I don’t know if it was a completely altruistic gesture or if he just wanted my bodyweight as ballast for equilibrium/safety purposes, but either way I’m grateful to him.

Interestingly, he was quite annoyed with the background lighting (the big blue spotlights you can see in the photos that follow) as it was being left on throughout at the beginning, making it impossible for him to get the shots he wanted. I, on the other hand, completely unconcerned with the clothes, found it quite interesting!

Eventually, he got the problem sorted and the lights came on for the entry of models and were turned off as they strutted their stuff on the Powerscourt steps, ensuring he got some great fashion shots… quite unlike what I took! These are a mix of shots from the rehearsals and the show itself. As ever, click for the big versions.

A very Dublin couple of days

Two beautiful young ladies from Bolton came over to Dublin to significantly brighten up my weekend.

It didn’t hurt that they brought some serious sunshine with them on Saturday!

Here’s a selection of shots from a fun couple of days.

(Click for the bigger files)

Mahua

Priya

The “Urban Vineyard” at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, created as part of a wine promotion

Grapes

Mahua

Artificial and natural shade on the sunniest day of the year

Priya

A flower in Mahua’s hair compimenting both the natural and built environments

People enjoying the Urban Vineyard (and the wine)

Mahua and Priya

South William Street

A reflective Guinness truck on the south quays

Priya and Mahua on the pier in Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire flags

A view from Dun Laoghaire towards Poolbeg and its famous smoke stacks

Strong wind and ice cream on a pier in Dun Laoghaire – a very Irish experience!

Looking to the sea in Dun Laoghaire

Juggling

Sailing

Mahua surveys the Dun Laoghaire scenery from the “40 Foot” bar

Priya

Priya and a shy Mahua

Mahua exacts revenge and turns the camera on a face that definitely belongs behind it!

Mahua, clearly deeply impressed with me…

That’s more like it!

Strolling on the pier in Dun Laoghaire

View from Dun Laoghaire

The girls in familiar pose after another one of my riveting stories – low on consonants, high on vowels.

Priya struggles with the wind in Trinity College

Mahua, a surprisingly talented tree climber, in Trinity College

Priya

Mahua and Priya

Naomi

My good friend Naomi came to visit me late last week as we had a lot of catching up to do.

On Firday night I took some photos of her in various locations and states of sobriety!

Life imitating art

A bird sitting on top of a lamppost outside Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday evening caught my eye. Click on the photos for the bigger versions.

Heroes come from here

I walk through Ormond Square in Dublin’s inner city on my way to the quays.

It’s a small, well-kept square of terraced houses, with a little green containing a playground area at its centre.

The low wall surrounding that green has a plaque placed discreetly on it, dedicated to the square’s most famous son.

John Giles, one of Ireland’s greatest soccer players, was born and raised in number 7 Ormond Square.

What I really like about this simple plaque is the message its last line bears, particularly for the local kids: “Heroes come from here”.

Lonely Tree

Spotted during a stroll in the Phoneix Park on Wednesday evening. Click on these images for the full size versions (if you so wish) as they are pretty big files. Plus it will do the sky justice!

Lonely Tree

Lonely goalposts

Birds strike the jackpot

I was walking home the other evening when, in one of the many fruit and vegetable wholesale yards that surround where I live, I spotted these lucky little birds who had happened upon a significant bounty!

Not the best images by any means as I took them hastily through the rails of a fence with the wrong/only available lens, but all those excuses are still no reason not to share the good fortune of these birds!

* For the purposes of captioning these photos I have attempted to read the minds of birds. However, I do not actually  believe that I can read the minds of birds. Just dogs and some horses.

Whoa! Hang on, is this a trap?

I’m taking my dinner down here just in case…

Rules are made to be broken!

Eenie meenie minie mo…

The Spire

The Spire, as seen from Henry Street

The Spire, as seen from sitting on Henry Street!

Not everyone in Dublin enjoyed the Tall Ships Festival…