Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism

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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A local fisherman watches, and waits.SB_20140205_0094_web

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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fashion, Ireland, Photography, photojournalism

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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Photography, sport, Uncategorized

Other Worlds: Underwater Photography

The weather has been fantastic over the past few weeks; 25C +, endless blue skies, warm summer breezes, dining al fresco, and many enjoyable hours spent at the beach. I got re-aquinted with my snorkel gear, and dusted off a bargain disposable underwater camera I picked up on Ebay.

swimming underwater is really like being in another world. The silence, the tranquility, the beautiful light, and endlessly fascinating sealife. One species I recently discovered is the Comb Jellyfish; apparently the oldest form of life on earth. (See pictures three and four for photos). An amazing little creature with what looks like fluorescent lights flickering along the length of its transparent body.

Its not the easiest thing shooting underwater. Trying to look through a tiny viewfinder wearing a snorkel mask, while maintaining position is near impossible. I was constantly struggling to stay down, and a weight belt would probably help.

I know these are not the sharpest photos, (due to scratched lens and long expired film) but for me, shooting underwater is all about atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere!

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Kids enjoying the summer.

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Crabs fighting over a dead flatfish.

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Comb Jellyfish

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Comb Jellyfish and light rays.

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Kris exploring the reef with his GoPro.

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The beautiful seabed.

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Photography, photojournalism, Uncategorized

Flight Of The Swallow

Summer is nearly upon us – although here in Ireland it currently feels more like November.

It must be nearly a month ago when I spotted the arrival of the Swallows. They never fail to stop me in my tracks. To watch them flit and speed through the air is pure delight, their distinct chirping chatter heralding the coming of Summer.

Two years ago I attempted to capture some of their energy on film. Its only when one tries to photograph a Swallow with a manual focus film camera that one realises just how incredibly fast they move. I felt slow and clumsy as the little bundles of pure energy danced and darted around me, making me dizzy.

Some recurring themes in my photography are identity, space, and time, and I think these photos explore something of the transience of the seasons, light, and indeed, our own lives.ImageImageImageImage

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