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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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The Rejects

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the laziest blog post ever.

These are some of the many photos I have taken that have failed to make their way onto this blog in recent weeks (though a few did make my Facebook page), for reasons that will – in most cases – become apparent when viewing them. With others It may have just been my own personal taste.

They are all Dublin scenes and came to light again when I was going through the archives (can they be called archives if they only go back a few months?!) to find some photos for this competition.

Anyway, here are the rejects. I would call them outtakes, but that would be failing to take responsibility for my lack of creativity with this post!

Ringsend, late at night

Public Baths, Dun Laoghaire

Floral Shipwreck, People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire

Back Yards, Dublin 7

The Countess

Smithfield Sunset

Watch out!

After I took the Ringsend photo at the top of the post, I turned right around and took this one. I need a lot of night time practice.

Steps, Dun Laoghaire

Late evening run by Sandymount Strand

The Irish Times

Cheers! Temple Bar.

Rowing boat docking at Grand Canal Basin

Sweets!

Public Lighting, Dun Laoghaire

Guitarist, Temple Bar

Boot Camp, Phoenix Park

Fountain Fly-By

I was already pretty happy with the elements in this photo of a fountain in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, when just as I went to take it a bird decided to perform a fly-by and – in my humble opinion – make the image a whole lot better.

Sometimes you just get lucky I guess. Click for the big version to get a good look at the little poser!

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

White Rock, Killiney

A few photos from a recent trip to White Rock, Killiney, with a stop in Dun Laoghaire on the way back for ice creams and a stroll on the pier. Click on any of the photos for the bigger version. It wasn’t an ideal day for photos (or swimming) so I’ll have to go back when the sun is shining… any day now!

White Rock

Dun Laoghaire