Wed, 19 June 2013 winged beauties
Summer is in full bloom, and on my daily walks – irrespective of the weather – the leaves and shrubs are bursting with life.
One afternoon I was escorted through the woods by a constant display of Cabbage White butterflies engaged in aerial manoeuvres. They’re very hard to catch on camera, as they have a jagged, [...]
Fri, 19 April 2013 forest moods
I walk in the woods and forests in my area regularly. I’m always struck by the different atmosphere in them depending on the weather, the season, and the varieties of trees. They also contain pockets of strangeness. All is friendly and light at first, and suddenly you walk into a watchful area, where footfalls are [...]
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 [...]
Sat, 20 November 2010 night walk
Tonight, there is an amazing moon. I’m lucky to live in a place with little liight pollution, and there are some nights when this is a joy.
Earlier this evening, because it was a clear night with strong moonlight, I decided to walk Minnie in the woods in the darkness. I don’t do this frequently, but [...]
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 [...]
Sat, 13 November 2010 a grey day
It’s one of those cold, wet November days where you have to search hard to find a spot of beauty.
As you can see from the above photograph, the woods are pretty bare now. I like the mood of this image, however, probably because Minnie’s body language is alert, and the path indicates a journey that [...]
Sun, 24 October 2010 autumn phoenix
We had another fantastic autumn day in the West of Ireland with icy blue skies and the sun burnishing the dying leaves copper and gold.
I took advantage of the good weather to take lots of photographs, because at this time of the year who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Tonight, it is frosty with a [...]
Sat, 23 October 2010 first frost
These are leaves coated in the first frost of autumn.
Every year I’m struck by the fact that frost and/or ice can transform the ordinary into something beautiful while also causing us bother.
At least it contains the potential for joy, even if it makes us curse.
Thu, 21 October 2010 getting up
I woke up this morning out of unpleasant dreams with a headache. The house was chilly as the heating had only kicked on. I didn’t feel well, and the bed was warm. I lingered a little longer than usual under the cosy covers until Minnie the dog starting shuffling about nosily in her “where’s my [...]
Wed, 20 October 2010 back in the woods
This morning we had the first frost of autumn. My car was a icicle (or a carcicle as I call it), and my dog Minnie waited impatiently for me to defrost the windows before we drove to the woods.
It was blindingly sunny. The azure skies were scrubbed of clouds. A low mist clung to [...]