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Thu, 20 March 2014 some lights lengthen, as some go dark

It’s the equinox, traditionally the day when Spring really kicks off (although some parts of the world are still iced under). Today we’ve had a proper Spring mixed bag – a tantrum of angry hailstones tossed about on moody winds, followed by sunshiny winsomeness.
The gorse is in full bloom now and its coconutty fragrance is [...]

Tue, 18 March 2014 daffodil season

I’ve never had much time for Saint Patrick’s day since I became an adult. When I was younger I used to march in my town’s parade, as I was part of the marching band in primary school. Later on I participated as a Girl Guide.
My memories of the parades are usually about the weather: [...]

Thu, 06 March 2014 I heart spring

This splendid image could be an easy snapshot to miss as I breezed by the hedgerow, but the flash of colour at the periphery of my vision flagged my attention. I have a sub-programme always running in my mind when I’m out and about called interesting things to photograph.
It’s a handy technique – noticing [...]

Tue, 04 March 2014 parliaments

Anyone who has ever watched birds flocking will understand where Daphne du Maurier got the idea for ‘The Birds’ (or why Arthur Machen was inspired to write ‘The Terror’). There is something both hypnotic and intimidating about their aerial manoeuvres and tight-knit fellowships. They form tribes. And so often, people don’t.
Quite regularly a parliament of [...]

Tue, 25 February 2014 signs of spring

I look this photo of snowdrops two weeks ago – a welcome sign of the changeover of the seasons. Now, the daffodils are ready to bloom, and the day has lengthened enough to be helpful.
Soon, February will release us from its heavy grip, and Spring can bound forward unfettered.
Winter has its beauties, but I am [...]

Fri, 21 February 2014 Coole under water

I’ve made mention a few times of the flooding in the West of Ireland this winter, but it’s pretty hard to describe how bad it’s been (although, not quite on the same scale as Somerset in England).
I visit Coole Park in Co. Galway quite regularly, and over the past two months more and more of [...]

Thu, 20 February 2014 alien earth

There are lots of lifeforms on the planet which have that touch of the weird and alien about them. The ocean and the insect world are teeming with them. But among the plant world there are plenty of odd specimen, and as regular readers of my blog know I love to photograph fungi.
We’re past the [...]

Tue, 18 February 2014 magnificent skies

Winter and early Spring can feel like a grim sentence in Ireland, especially as we ride out an exceptionally wet couple of months.
Yet, on occasion the slow change of the season makes itself felt with a longer, dry day and beautiful skies.

The one thing about being on the edge of the Atlantic is we get [...]

Fri, 07 February 2014 roiling

The sun will be engulfed.
But it continues to shine behind the interposing veil.

Fri, 17 January 2014 after the sun, the rain

After a blast of sunshine this morning the rain rolled in as I was out walking the dog in Coole Park – luckily I was wearing the right clothing for the inclement change.
The light was so grey at this point in the afternoon that several of the photos I took looked just as well in [...]

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