Sun, 21 June 2015 persistence and endurance
It’s the summer solstice, and the weather has proved diffident. But where is it written that on the longest day in Ireland we shall be gifted with sunshine?
An island buffering the Atlantic’s whims is never granted predictability.
Yet, towards the evening the continuous clouds thinned in places so I ventured into the woods, in search [...]
Wed, 13 July 2011 escape artist
the shadow of the bars
can cast a longer shade
than the sentence served
when their cold memory
dents recoiling skin
recall the first free breath
the gaol of the past
is the vital prison
for the escape artist
Tue, 24 May 2011 geek bust
This is another image from my visit to the new Google building in Dublin.
Some wag in the office put a Slash Dot baseball cap on top of one of the busts in their library.
To me this captures something essential about the spirit of the company.
Mon, 23 May 2011 time to stop drinking
A rather Dalí-esque clock on the side of a pub in Dublin, snapped during my last visit.
I’ve seen this before, but I took the time to stop and take a picture of it on this occasion. Often, the landscape/cityscape that surrounds us becomes so familiar we don’t really see it any more.
Then, during temporary [...]
Mon, 11 April 2011 primrose heart
In the West of Ireland we’re enjoying wildly mercurial weather, as is typical for Spring. Today there were two downpours – one of hailstones – in between periods of glorious sunshine.
The gusting winds rushed the clouds all over the sky. I guess they got annoyed and had a rain tantrum. Who likes being pressured?
Tue, 08 March 2011 thanks Mom
Today is the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day. The idea for it was proposed by German feminist and socialist Clara Zetkin in 1910 at the second International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen, and it was implemented the following year.
Here’s what the IDW web site says about Zetkin’s aims:
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, 08 December 2010 healthy competition?
I’ve noted before that I’m fond of the BBC Masterchef series in all its incarnations. My main reason is that I enjoy seeing people who are passionate about their hobby/profession demonstrating their skill, as well as watching their talent being nurtured over the course of the programme. Not all reality TV shows do that.
Fri, 26 November 2010 gynoid and geishas
I’m off to Wexworlds today, so I’m leaving you with a photograph I took yesterday of bric-a-brac at the Gallery Café in Gort. I’m calling it ‘Gynoid and Gesihas’.
I may have to write a story to fit with this picture. It would make a cool cover for a book, perhaps a collection of short [...]
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 [...]