• Thoughts

    capturing the spirit

    The weather in the West of Ireland could best be described as mercurial today. As I type the wind whips the trees in my back garden and stampedes piebald clouds. A sudden, violent deluge of rain has just ended. Looking out a window at the front of my house I see sunlight streaming through an aquamarine scrap of sky. It’s a day of squalls and sun linked by rainbows. Earlier, I found one of those favourable, magical periods in between the cloudbursts to walk my dog in the woods. As usual I was taking photographs. As much as I love woodlands they are one of the most difficult landscapes to…

  • Galway


    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 return – the shaggy inkwell). This mushroom erupted and flourished in the mere 48 hours since my last visit to this location, or else I was singularly unobservant during my previous trip. Change can occur in a day or two, if you notice. It was the first thing I spotted on this occasion, and I…

  • Galway,  Thoughts


    To quote Ferris from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (written by the late, great John Hughes): “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ” Today I stopped long enough to capture the above picture of the Burren Mountains in Co. Clare, as seen from Kinvara in Co. Galway. The good weather is supposed to hold for at least a week. I hope my friends in Ireland enjoy the forthcoming holiday weekend with bonus summer sunshine (enjoy it while we have it!).