Ireland

Eagle Owl

The Eagle Owl is Watching

An eagle owl at Fota Wildlife Park watches us human visitors with careful, observant eyes. Watching this bird and the others the trainers had was an awe inspiring experience. I’m glad I took my 75-300mm telephoto lens! Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 300mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/500s

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The Wild Geese Family

The Goose Family of Fota Island Wildlife Park in Cork. Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 300mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/160s

Waves Crash

Waves Crash

Waves crash into the sea wall at Garrettstown Beach, Co Cork a few weeks ago. Beautiful day for a trip down there and the wind blew the sea into violent waves pounding the man made obstructions on shore. Aperture ƒ/9 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 200mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/400s

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Blarney

I took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Blarney today along with my son and wife. We walked with the Community Preschool group and I am utterly amazed at the stamina of young kids! Little 3 and 4 year olds walked around Blarney and still had energy left to play with bubbles […]

football on the beach

Football on the beach

3 boys playing with a football on Garretstown Beach. The tide was coming in and I watched them kick the ball out into the water. The day was freezing though with a strong offshore wind. Brrrr. Aperture ƒ/6.3 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 144mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/125s

Restricted Bridge

Restricted Bridge

A bridge carries the Cork to Dublin train over a local road near Blarney. Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 10mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/60s

View on Camden Quay

View on Camden Quay

Camden Quay in Cork City with the north side of the City behind it. St. Anne’s (or Shandon Bells) and the Catholic North Cathedral in the background. Loved the light when I saw this scene. The setting sun cast shadows on the buildings and reflected off the church steeples. Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D […]

Snowing in Blarney

Snowing in Blarney

It snowed in Blarney today. First snow of the season fell 2 days ago but was barely a few flakes that fell overnight. Today’s snow covered the area in a blank of white, but thankfully didn’t last too long! Roads are still affected and unfortunately there’s a steep hill coming into my estate. Aperture ƒ/6.3 […]

Saint Finbarres Sunset

Saint Finbarre’s Sunset

St Finbarre’s Cathedral silhouetted against the sunset in Cork yesterday. It was freezing cold but the skies were mostly clear and snow hasn’t fallen in the City or here in Blarney either yet. The country is going through a recession but you wouldn’t know it. After driving around Parnell Place twice I parked in Merchant’s […]

BIFFO

BIFFO

Who? Is it Brian Cowen, or Biff? I’ve had this photo on my computer for 5 years, waiting for it’s time to shine. Aperture ƒ/7.1 Camera Canon EOS 20D Focal length 59mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/125s

Fort Camden

Fort Camden overlooks Cork Harbour near Crosshaven and was abandoned years ago. I’ve never been inside but Joleen Cronin and Siobhan Russell were and took some amazing photographs of this decaying military fort. Lots of photos in the post above, on Abandoned Ireland too, with forum discussion on celticradio.net. In 2010 a 4 man team […]

Abandoned Interior

Abandoned Interior

The interior of a cottage at the picturesque Brandon Creek on Slea Head, County Kerry. Outside there’s a planning permission notice, dated August 2008 and written in Irish. I presume the owner is no longer in a hurry to develop his property. All he wanted to do was replace the roof and add an extension. […]

killer queen

Killer Queen

Queen cover band Killer Queen played in The Opera House, Cork a few months back and I snapped a few photos! Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 88mm ISO 3200 Shutter speed 1/100s

The lady of Opera Lane

The Lady of Opera Lane

Spot the lady? Aperture ƒ/4 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 10mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/1600s

69 Patrick Street

69 Patrick Street

Waterstones on Saint Patrick Street in Cork. Also Game, Euro City and a derelict store once rented by one of the national banks here in Ireland. Aperture ƒ/4 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 10mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/160s