Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism, Uncategorized

Berry Picking at Ballyteigue Burrow

There is nothing as relaxing or rewarding as a good berry picking session. I love blueberries, and I love blackberries, but we are lucky enough to have Dewberries growing wild in our locality. Dewberries taste like a mix of blue, and blackberries. Even the dog loves them.

SB_Iphone5s_20140901_0005_webLate-summer evening light.

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Getting stuck in. If only the kids saved half as much as they ate!

SB_Iphone5s_20140901_0012_webBusy bees….

SB_Iphone5s_20140901_0013_webThe reward. Time to make some Apple & Dewberry pie.

 

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Storm Surges at Kilmore Quay

The fishing village of Kilmore Quay is taking a real hammering lately. In fact, coastal towns all along the South and West coast of Ireland are suffering the effects of winter storms and huge swells that seem to be timing their arrival in synchronisation with spring tides. The result: Amazing display of the power of mother nature.

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I knew a set of big waves was coming in but I was too busy trying to get a good photograph. This one gave me a good soaking.

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SB_20140205_0060_webThe surges were so powerful that I couldn’t help but think of the Tsunami footage from Thailand in 2006.

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Never before have I seen such powerful torrents inside the harbour. Huge amounts of water swirled and flowed, while the boats and ropes heaved and groaned.

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SB_20140205_0187_cropThe image above is a 100% crop of the previous image. The small Saltee Island lies approximately 4km offshore. I don’t know the height of its peak, but the breaking wave looks to be at least equal to the height of the Island, which I’m guessing is around 50-100m high. The wave in the foreground is probably around 5m high.

We are due another storm this weekend. Batten down the hatches….

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Ireland, Photography, photojournalism

Stormy Start to 2014 at Kilmore Quay

Irish coastal towns and villages have been feeling the full force of mother nature in recent days. High tides, high winds, and huge swells combined to create treacherous conditions just about everywhere.

Kilmore Quay is a small fishing village in the South East of Ireland, and it too has been feeling the brunt of the storm.

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The small strand in Kilmore Quay is normally a haven of calm.

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Kilmore Quay harbour getting pounded by giant waves.

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Dunes disappearing into the sea at the Burrow.

The sea surges inland where it would normally not.

Powerful surges at the small strand.

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The harbour was pretty much a no-go area, with large rocks being hurled over the fortified harbour walls.

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Collapsed access road at nearby Seaview.

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Last Sunset of 2013

As the sun sets on 2013, I would like to thank everyone who visited my blog and took the time to comment, like, follow, etc. Thank you very much for your time. Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy New Year.

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A small gathering of people watch the last sunset of 2013.

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Saltee Islands, Kilmore Quay, Ireland.

SB_20131205_0005_colour_webTrying out the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 on a Leica M9. Well-built, sharp, tiny lens. Small issue of edge colour casts when shooting this on the M9 but that can hopefully be fixed with software. Maybe a little too wide for my liking but great for dramatic landscapes.

 

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Port in a Storm

SB_DSC_0049_web SB_DSC_0050_web SB_DSC_0052_webI don’t always want to bring my camera with me everywhere, especially when the the rain is lashing hard and horizontally – as it does quite often in Ireland. So, I’m quite happy to have upgraded from my old Nokia (which was a great phone) to a new phone with a half decent built in camera.

Kilmore Quay fishing port was crowded last night, as beyond her protective walls, the wind howled and the dark sea heaved.

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Architecture, Ireland, Photography, Vernacular architecture

Thatched Cottages of Kilmore Quay, Ireland.

Kilmore Quay is a picturesque fishing village In the South East of Ireland. One of the things that makes the village so scenic is the number of traditional thatched cottages. Most of these cottages date back to the 18th & 19th century, and are of national historical importance.

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Landscapes: The Burrow, Kilmore Quay

Final Project: Landscapes.

I took a walk along a local nature reserve: The Burrow. It is a great place to go for a walk or run, and get away from the stress of modern life. To spend time in close contact with nature is always refreshing.

My main reason was to just get out and take some photos as part of initial experimentation on the final project. Perhaps the project will deal with issues of land and ownership. Property and land ownership is a big issue in Ireland, and I wonder is there anywhere in the world where land ownership is not an issue?

Maybe the project will deal with issues of ownership, use of land, and who gets to use the land. Its not quite the direction I initially had in mind for the project, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where it leads you.

Ideally I would like to do this project with a 6×7 or 6×9 medium format film camera. the images below were taken with a Leica M6 and some expired Fujicolor 200 film I picked up in a car boot sale for next to nothing. I do like how Fujicolor film brings out the greens.

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