Posts Tagged "nature"

Fri, 03 January 2014 control, an illusion

Life is unpredictable. Just when you think you’ve got a grip on how to endure its fickle moods it decides to remind you what a beast it can be.
Often, it just has to gesture to Nature to pull up alongside you in its blundering tank, and direct it right across your path.

This rather picturesque scene [...]

Tue, 17 January 2012 gorse beads

We’ve had a mild, wet winter in Ireland. As a result the gorse bushes have continued to flower.
This was taken at dusk a few days ago and it was tricky getting my camera to focus on the flower in the low-light conditions.
I love capturing water beads balancing in this wondrous fashion on flowers [...]

Tue, 03 January 2012 dead grasses

I didn’t rest much last night due to the storm charging past my house. Whenever dreams crept close volleys of hailstones ratt-a-tatted against my bedroom window and scared them off. I resigned myself to sleeplessness.
There was a short break in the rain this afternoon and the adage in my house is: walk the dog while [...]

Thu, 22 December 2011 solstice witness

I took this image at sunset on December 21st, the evening before this year’s solstice.
The darkest days are upon us, but the wheel turns, unrelenting. Soon the heralds of Spring will appear.
Best wishes to everyone, and may you have light, warmth and friendship to ward off the dark.

Mon, 25 July 2011 seed pearls

This picture of water beads on a dandelion seed head was taken today on my walk in the woods with Minnie the dog.
It was only misting rain, but because the undergrowth is summer-dense and sopping wet, I returned with my jeans soaked almost to my hip-bone.
Minnie looked like a seal just out of ocean.
So this [...]

Sun, 03 July 2011 minnie through grass

Taken this evening, during one of our rare sunny periods this summer.
Minnie the dog watches the path while I snap pictures through the tall grass.

Thu, 23 June 2011 take a seat

This is another image from my February trip to Mallorca. I snapped this in a tiny pebble beach in Santa Ponsa at dusk.
Someone had set a plastic chair on the beach and left it there. Probably one of the locals or off-season residents, who would climb down the short set of wooden steps to [...]

Fri, 07 January 2011 beyond the wall

This is a recent photo during our current sunny, frosty weather. It reminds me how photographs are so much better when you get good light…
I’ve our holiday decorations packed away since Monday. I try not to let them linger too much after the festivities are over, but I do miss the blinking lights. They’re cheery [...]

Wed, 22 December 2010 that bloodshot moon

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.
We’ll laugh at that old bloodshot moon in that burgundy sky, croons Tom Waits in his fantastic song “A New Coat of Paint.”
It’s not a burgundy sky, but this is a hell of a bloodshot moon, and a short, but stunning, video of yesterday’s lunar eclipse.
I [...]

Sat, 27 November 2010 snowy WexWorlds

The drive down to Wexford yesterday was good, if somewhat tiring, and on a couple of occasions made frustrating by a lack of signage – an old problem on roads in Ireland.
We went to the opening of WexWorlds – the Mayor of Wexford showed up – met friends, and had food.
This morning we [...]

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