Lake Muckno

Sunday evening and it looked like it was going to be a lovely sunset, so took a drive over to Lake Muckno in Country Monaghan. Any clouds in the evening sky must have went else where has the sunset, the sky went flat. So shot a few Black and white photos. With interesting trees and the last on the sun has it dropped into the hills. With the camera on the tripod I got this shot.

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I love the beauty in these twisted limbs as if they were drawn in a quick sketch. A short walk saw me looking over a short stretch of water at what I think is the water skiing club.

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Has I drove home over higher ground I saw the last of a beautiful sunset in the direction of my home.

Thank you for visiting.

Waiting

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We stand on a hill top, watching the passing of time.

The world of change goes spinning pass

Vast forest of our ancestors, culled long ago,

Land naked for man to grow his food,

Or cleared to build his caves.

Soon no place left, for him to rest his soul,

Or clean the air, that’s life for him.

Upon this little hilltop,

There’s now just two of us.

Our leaves there are no more.

Thank you.

Below is a quote from John O’ Donohue. I was given a book many years back by this man and his writing awoke a spirit within me.

“Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Is photography art, an age old question.

Been very busy this last few months so the camera has not seen a lot for use. So any breaks  in working, I have my nose stuck in a book even if it’s only a lunch break. I love reading anything from the daily paper to whatever catches my eye. I bought a photographic magazine which there was a letter asking is photography art. I believe it is, I decide on a number of settings which affects the look of the in camera shot before pressing the shutter. There there is the post shot processing, which is unlimited in the looks you can achieve or the message you hope to convey. I got a book yesterday called ‘ Why it does not have to be in focus’ Modern Photography Explained by Jackie Higgins. Published by Thames & Hudson ISBN 978-0-500-29095-8 . My base for buying this book came about from reading that letter. Jackie Higgins explains the artistry behind 100 key works of modern photography. Into chapter 2 and it makes an interesting read into the art of modern photography and the expression expressed within the image.

My photographs here don’t claim to be works of modern photography, but are they what I saw in front of my camera.

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Trying to figure if the trees were holding this upright.

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The frost was real.

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Belfast people.

A wet Saturday in Belfast and the rain hammering down, large puddles at the road side had people playing chicken with the traffic. Timing was everything. So out of the railway station and one of Belfast’s oldest pub’s is doing a good trade judging by the numbers of people it’s doorway is swallowing. We head for another old building in the city, five minutes walk away. St Georges Market an indoor market building housing some craft stalls and all kinds of cooked foods. Live music in the centre area with table and seats is just the place to enjoy a needed cup of coffee. But to day it’s the people I’m watching.

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This seller works on Papas Mineral Company stall, they make a range of

Artisan Drinks & Speciality Cordials. Well that was their sales pitch and he was good craic.

Then it was coffee and a seat  to enjoy the music.

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Contented

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I’m not here man

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Mother’s touch.

A couple of links below and thank you for visiting.

 

St. Georges Market

Papa’s

 

Good bye 2016

Going to leave 2016 by posting a couple of photographs, some like to go out on the town. Some a night in front of the television or to spend it with friends. This year I will sent it on it way with a mug of coffee beside me and this post.

First up is a photograph taken a couple of weeks ago in Lisburn in County Antrim. It shows the old coal quay  on the River Lagan where the barges use to unload there wares. With the Union bridge in the background and the newer weir in the foreground. This was taken early in the morning while a light mist hung over the low laying valley and river and traffic was light on the roads.

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This next photograph is the last one taken in 2016. It’s a macro shot of two Beech leaves. I love the leather textured look of these leaves in winter.

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Which leads me on to a new project in 2017. I enjoy motorcycling and traveling. I discovered that every county in Ireland has a song relating to it. So I will pick a song from each county and photograph the place in the song. If no place is named then I will pick a spot in that county. So over the year I’ll be visiting all 32 county’s and hope to discover a few new places I’ve yet to see. But be warned there are some terrible songs out there.

With just over an hour left in this year I wish for peace across our world, food in the hands off the hungry, homes for the homeless and send love and compassion to all beings.

Happy 2017 may it be a good one.

Wings

With the odd storm moving across the country the gulls drop back into the sheltered waters of the lakes and parks inland. Passing Hillsborough forest park I stopped for a walk around the lake. The swans and various ducks where there along with a large group off Blacked Headed Gulls. It is these I shot in the following photographs. When people stop to feed the ducks the gulls head in mass for a free meal. I could watch the flight for hours has these birds come in like fighter pilot’s across the water. Some seem to hang in the air before dropping into the water after the food. Has a flying display they are great to watch and I still don’t know how they avoid each other in the mayhem of what seems to be chaos.

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All these shots where taken with a 70 – 300 zoom on a bright overcast day  at ISO 400.

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The lough’s edge

With a few days of freezing weather and mist over the lough it has started to freeze over.

Here are a few photographs from the lough edge.

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With a heavy frost build up on the plants and the waters freezing over it gives a whole new look and feeling to the place.

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A Cold & Misty morning

So a misty morning greeted me with a heavy frost coating the world in fine jewels. Just me and the dog out for a morning stroll, with a 17-70 zoom on the camera we headed out. With the mist acting like a giant softbox the landscape soft on the eye, my old pal and I headed off down the road.

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Yes this is a road, one of the many little L roads in Ireland.

A stop at one of the small loughs and it’s soft on the eye with the mist still down.

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 A couple of close ups for the foliage

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A beautiful morning in a grand part of Ireland where the pace is slow and the company great.

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