Posts Tagged "the wild"

Tue, 31 May 2011 fuzzy

Martin spotted this hairy little fellow the other day while we were walking our dog.
I hunkered down and got a few snaps of this impressive caterpillar using my mobile phone camera. I was really happy with the detail it captured.
You’d expect to discover a caterpillar like this in a warner country, but it seems [...]

Sun, 23 January 2011 shrouded

A cold, dank mist smothered Galway today. There were none of the usual markers of morning, noon and twilight, just a constant grey tone that collapsed suddenly to darkness in the evening.
It was the kind of day that offered no incentive to venture outside, but the dog needed her walk, so in the afternoon I [...]

Thu, 18 November 2010 going monochrome

I’ve been experimenting with changing some of my recent photographs of trees to black and white, and taking a slightly arty style. In some of them I’m using sepia tones. I start with the base image, go with my instinct about which filter works best and start building layers of effects.
Of all the creative [...]

Fri, 15 October 2010 all things pass in beauty

Another shot from the recent misty morning. At this time of the year the woods undergo a slow deflation until we are left with stripped perennial trees, shrunken shrubs and the hardy evergreens.
It can be sad to watch this transition, but there is consolation. There is always beauty if you look for it, even [...]

Thu, 14 October 2010 seasons of mists

In ‘To Autumn‘ Keats referred to this time of the year as the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.
The chilly days of autumn have descended. I’m wrapping up in a scarf and gloves for my daily morning walk with the dog.
Yesterday, a mist invaded the woods, muting birdsong and muffling the weakening sun. The [...]

Sat, 25 September 2010 beautiful fungus

Today I noticed a small track in the woods I’d never seen before. There are a number of old earthen paths criss-crossing the heavily wooded sections which connect to the main trail I tramp along most days. Many of them are little more than a memory of a passageway through the trees, and often fade away [...]

Fri, 24 September 2010 autumn wood light

This morning during my walk in the woods with my dog Minnie I heard a weird bellowing honk – obviously made by a large bird – followed by the sound of large wings beating as it soared away. I never saw the creature, despite spinning around to catch a glimpse of it.
In my imagination it [...]

Wed, 22 September 2010 Autumn

I spotted this fine fellow on my way into the woods to walk my dog this morning. It’s a good example of Coprinus comatus, also known as the shaggy ink cap or the lawyer’s wig, among others. I usually refer to it as the shaggy ink cap (or, as I misspoke this morning upon my [...]

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