Shell To Sea

Shell To Sea

The “Shell to Sea” stand in Bishop Lucey Park during the “Peace in the Park” event a few weeks ago.

Like a lot of people I’m sick and tired of the protests in Co Mayo against the pipeline Shell want to build to bring gas to an onshore facility. This story and photos of an exploded natural gas pipeline in Virginia, USA almost changed my mind. Then I realised there must be tens of thousands of natural gas pipelines and they very rarely blow up in such a spectacular fashion.

Still, does make me think twice about dismissing the protesters as a bunch of crazies.

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 22mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/80s

Directions to Blarney Castle

Directions to Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is that way. Go out the gate, turn right, turn left and park. Right in front of you.

I got back to Ireland yesterday afternoon. A mostly uneventful flight home, except for some problems with check in and I had to check in twice more. On the last attempt I got bumped to Economy Plus with more legroom and to an aisle seat thanks to the very nice lady at the gate.
The check in computer should be smart enough to offer an aisle seat in Economy Plus to me, even after I’ve declined that upgrade first. An aisle seat is worth the extra $109 because I was late checking in.

I hope Lenny and Eoin got home without much hassle. We had hoped to meet up in Heathrow but my text to Lenny only delivered moments before I boarded the Aer Lingus flight to Cork. Guess United is faster than BA? I saw a flight around the same time to Dublin was cancelled so they may have had a wait.

I love that I can run up the stairs now without getting winded. Wet? Damp? Oh yes! I don’t know how many bottles of water a day I consumed in Breckenridge because the air was so dry. Lovely people there, shame about the altitude!

I have at least 100 photos to post to Flickr from this blog. I should write a plugin that emails the image there with description and tags from the WordPress interface.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s

Cobh Street Entertainer

Cobh Street Entertainer

A singer outside the Commodore Hotel in Cobh kept the crowd entertained and attracted the attention of my son Adam who wasn’t happy unless he was outside listening to him.

Photos of Breckenridge, Colorado to follow, although I didn’t take that many. Too busy to leave the house much unfortunately!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/125s

The chains of fishing

Chains of fishing

Chains on a quayside in Schull, near where yesterday’s shot was taken, I think.

I’m in Colorado, at 9,00ft. The air is noticeably thinner here. Won’t be any running about or physical exercise for a few days!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s

Arson attack on Blarney Garda Station

Arson attack on Blarney Garda Station

On Friday morning around 5am the Gardai on duty at Blarney Garda Station were called away on what turned out to be a hoax. Unfortunately while they were out the Garda station was attacked, the front door kicked down and firebombs thrown into the rooms downstairs. The building itself is quite old and burned quickly. Luckily the blaze was seen by a security guard from a nearby hotel or much more damage could have been done.

The building is unusable now of course. A Garda has been posted outside since, and this afternoon forensics were examining the site.

More coverage: Irish Times, Tribune, Herald.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 72mm
ISO 1000
Shutter speed 1/100s

The Green House

The Green House

The Green House, a small cafe in Blarney near Blarney Castle. It was previously the local Post Office but is now quite nice I’m told. Haven’t been in there yet.

Blarney Garda Station was set alight last night. I half heard something on the radio about it and confirmed it when Gordon replied to my Tweet on the matter. I hope to get some shots later, even with the horrible weather outside!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/80s

QE2 Funnel in the Sky

QE2 Funnel in the Sky

The funnel of the Queen Elizabeth 2 looms over Cobh as seen from near the Commodore Hotel.

Aperture ƒ/14
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 88mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/500s