Tue, 05 April 2016 Spring Blossoms
The drab days of winter are behind us, and in-between indifferent Spring weather, we do catch a few glorious hours during which garlands of fragrant blossoms glow in the sunshine.
Today has seen a stretch of magnificent weather which stirs the senses and brings with it a burst of energy.
I spotted this tree in blossom as [...]
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: [...]
Tue, 11 March 2014 It’s good to be alive
Spring has arrived in its full glory in Ireland, which means you have to get out and enjoy it in case it only lasts a few days…
Cue appropriate music: this is the video for Imelda May’s latest song ‘It’s Good To Be Alive’.
I’ve been a fan of May’s work since I bought her More Mayhem [...]
Fri, 28 February 2014 end of February cocktail
It’s the end of February cocktail:
One part sunshine
Two parts rain
Half a measure of gale force winds
Stir in occasional hailstones
Add a twist of daffodils
Pour out the wrong weather for your clothing
Drink a deep draft whenever the wind scours the sky clean blue and polishes the sun blazing white.
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 [...]
Mon, 29 April 2013 bluebell April
One of my favourite flowers is the bluebell, and in my opinion April is its month. They’re usually out early in the month, so they are latecomers this year.
I was delighted to spot them in their usual location today, just before the month ended. I hunkered among them, snapping photos as soon I saw their [...]
Fri, 26 April 2013 freshly minted leaves
I love the colour of freshly minted leaves after they break free from their sticky cocoons. They are soft, vunerable, and vividly green. The potential of a long summer shines in them, especially when golden evening light pours across their trembling veins.
I took this shot from below, looking straight up at the leaf, suspended in [...]
Mon, 15 April 2013 a new camera
I got a little extra money recently so I decided to splash out on a new compact camera on Saturday. I purchased a Canon Ixus 510 HS. It’s small, glossy black, and has a touchscreen, so it’s been fun to try it out.
This was my first photo. A close up of the action figure Trinity [...]
Tue, 19 February 2013 winter’s grip lessens
It’s been a long, dark, winter, so the last couple of sunny days have been uplifting. It’s amazing how quickly the land responds when it gets a blast of sunshine.
Suddenly dandelions are prowling among the grasses, and the gorse bushes in the woods have burst into glorious flower.
I love the gorse flowers’ coconut scent, [...]