End of the Celtic Tiger

End of the Celtic Tiger

Construction. Ireland is too dependent on it but that’s old news now, but unspeakable just a year (or two) ago. Anyway, it’s the end of the boom, construction work has flatlined. The End is Nigh (and booted out the backdoor while we weren’t looking).

Shot in Youghal a few months back.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

Where you’ll find Fianna Fail

Where you'll find Fianna Fail

In years to come they’ll talk about the Fianna Fail posters of 2009. This was the year when many party members chose to hide the name “Fianna Fail” on their posters. You’d have to go right up to them to see that damned name.
One suspects they’re probably embarrassed by their association with Fianna Fail, a name synonymous with dig outs for the pals, corruption and hospitality tents for builders. Not the general public’s favourite political force right now.

The Local and European Elections are in a week’s time. I don’t know who I’ll be voting for but it won’t be Brian Crowley. He’ll be returned anyway as he’s very popular and it’s his bad luck his poster was the only Fianna Fail one I spotted on my walk.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

Hillside Chains

hillside chains

Rusted chains lie on the ground near the walkway to the Mizen Head Lighthouse.

Just saw Star Trek. In my head it was the best thing since sliced bread but it was still a great film. Loved the little nods to the original series. Definitely worth going to see!

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

Thatched Roof in Bunratty

thatched roof

A thatched roof on one of the cottages in Bunratty Folk Park, County Clare.

There’s one ugly open mine right next door but it’s well hidden. I had no idea it was there until I checked Google Maps a minute ago!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Nature invades our spaces

nature invades

Nature starts to reclaim the works of man as soon as he turns his back. It’s inevitable as this photo of the steps up to a house in Sunday’s Well shows.

My own garden is the picture of neat and tidy lawn without a single blade of grass out of place. I wish!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/100s