Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 lies in the dusty hot desert in Arizona. It was originally designed as a self contained “world” where scientists stayed for an extended period of time. After going through the tour, there’s no way I’d volunteer to spend my time inside. It must have been very difficult being cooped up in one building. The Wikipedia page on the project has a lot more detail about what went on there.

Anyway, the building is very striking to look at, especially as the day was fine and interesting clouds added to the scene.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

Electronic waste in the countryside

Electronic waste in the countryside

Last February we spent a weekend in Bantry where I made a couple of very nice shots when I drove into the hills surrounding the town. The area was so nice that I wandered up the road on foot a few yards for a better shot of this lone tree. I was disgusted to see the beige boxes of a PC and monitor lying half hidden in the tall grass of the bog.

Perhaps I should have climbed down and retrieved them but Adam was asleep in the car and we were miles from anywhere. I didn’t want to risk slipping and hurting myself. It’s such a shame those electronics weren’t recycled at the local dump. I wonder what Gardai would find if they looked at the drive in that PC. I wonder if they’d care?

Tomorrow – AJ tried booking Robodock tickets for himself but could only book for the 12 noon show. I thought we could pay at the entrance but obviously it’s popular and booked up. Maybe the bad weather will keep people away but I should be there before 3pm! Keep an eye on my Twitter account for updates!

Must pack WordPress stickers and badges, stickers and badges, stickers and badges…

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

zero zero zero four

zero zero zero four

Disused and ancient petrol pump in McCarthy’s Garage, Schull. This is the third, and final image from this particular garage. If I could have gotten inside I’d have a lot more to show.

There’s an old garage a few miles from here in the middle of nowhere. They used to handle Japanese imports and sell petrol but now the pumps are silent and a guard dog barks from what I remember as a yard filled with old cars. Must dig up the shots I took that day.

PS. Check out Today is my gift to you by fellow Cork man, Fr James McSweeney. He married us 2 years ago and I’ve tried a few times to get him to use WordPress since! Nice job with the site, pity there’s no rss feed. Is there any way he could bolt one on easily? Looks like a Windows server.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

The goold old days of cheap fuel

Fuel Price Countdown

The price of fuel keeps going up and up but the price increases arrived too late for McCarthy’s Garage in Schull where I made this photo of an ancient petrol pump. The detail on the full size image is wonderful, but I’m happy enough with this web version too.

Links: The Flickr Blog recently featured stories from Ireland with some nice 70’s shots.
Remember the Guinness Ad with the dominoes? It was filmed in a small town called Iruya in northwest Argentina. It’s so remote it’s barely accessible by road in the winter. Here’s some photos from Iruya. I didn’t think it was worth all the effort to make that advert but everyone else seems to like it! (via)
Here’s that advert to refresh your memory:

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

McCarthy’s Garage, Schull

McCarthy's Garage, Schull

An old abandoned garage in Schull, Co. Cork caught my eye a few months ago. It’s in stark contrast to the prosperity of the town. Plenty of opportunities for photos and I’ll be posting a few more shots in the coming days!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Rushing through countryside

rushing through countryside

I shot this through the window of our car while driving back to the ranch after Automattic’s trip to Biosphere 2 in Arizona a few months ago. I love how the foreground blurs but the background and the sky remain motionless and static. Love the movement.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 22mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s