Sunrise in Playa Blanca

Sunrise in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca lies on the southern coast of the island of Lanzarote. It’s a beautiful town, built entirely with tourism in mind.

Sunrise wasn’t what I had hoped it would be. The sun is blocked by the new Rubicon Marina (it’s so new that Google Maps thought we were swimming in the sea when we were walking around the shops and stalls there!) until it rises a few degrees above the horizon but it did light up the clouds floating high above my head long before it rose in the distance.

In the other direction from where I stood is an extinct volcano. Unluckily for me I didn’t look at the “photos of nearby attractions” in Google Now until the last evening when I saw an amazing sunset over that volcano. Unfortunately the sun had already gone down which means I’ll have to go back there again. What I go through for my photography. The pain and suffering…

Sunlight on the River

Sunlight on the River

Have you ever read Terry Pratchett’s description of the dawn light as it flows over Discworld? Not so much flows, but rather sluggishly crawls over the landscape. Loved that and that’s what comes to mind sometimes when I see photos like this.

Pictured in the grounds of Blarney Castle last week.

Sunlight through trees

Sunlight through trees

It was another foggy morning in Blarney but not as bad as the last one. This time I had my camera with me and walked up to Blarney Castle where I got some nice shots of the trees, fog and river. I loved the sight of the morning sunlight streaming through the trees and fog. It was a gorgeous, crisp morning for a walk.

I also took a photosphere but you’ll have to hop over to Google Plus to see that!

North Cork Kittens

North Cork Kittens

Budget 14 is started shortly but I doubt these kittens are interested. While visiting friends near Fermoy we went for a walk and came across 5 beautiful kittens wandering down the road. My wife scooped up one of them and a local resident stopped to take the kitten. Eventually, there were three cars parked along a narrow country road and 6 people gathered to try and house the kittens.

Luckily our friends had cat food which helped to lure the kittens but we could only grab three of them. The other two (including the black kitten in the photo above) weren’t as friendly. The three that were rescued are safe now but two of them are in need of a permanent home. Anyone want a really cute kitten?

Early morning Santa Cruz Wharf

Early morning Santa Cruz Wharf

This was the view from my hotel room at The Dream Inn, Santa Cruz last week. Seems like a million miles away now, but in fact it’s only about, oh, maybe six thousand miles.

Anyway, I was there with the almost all of Automattic for our annual meetup. It’s a fabulous location, the early morning light is amazing and the people I was with were great.

Lots more photos to follow, but in the meantime, check out photos by Kevin, John, Krista, Marcus and Beau and when I find more I’ll link to them from here!

The Armoury

The Armoury

This underground passage is the armoury at Camden Fort Meagher. The first time I visited the fort a few years ago this passage wasn’t open but Rescue Camden have done a great job restoring and cleaning out 21 years of overgrowth.

Next weekend there’s a reenactment and other festivities to mark the last weekend open to the public this year. See you there!