Railway Tunnel

Railway Tunnel

A tunnel under the railway line between Cork and Mallow that eventually ends up in “the big smoke”, Dublin (Only ever heard Dublin people refer to Dublin by that name..)

I believe the road heads to Whitechurch where we’re heading tomorrow for a meal with some Polish friends. There are great winding roads off the main Cork-Mallow dual carriageway. Lovely scenery and some unusual sights. Must rummage through some of those shots and dig out the good ones.

There’s even a Wikipedia entry for Big Smoke! Apparently several cities are known by that name: Belfast, London, Melbourne, Toronto and Vancouver. Interesting.

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/30s

Rainbow Umbrella

Rainbow Umbrella

A child opens a rainbow coloured umbrella outside Cork City Library last Saturday. Rain threatened most of the day so it was a good idea to have an umbrella with you, just in case.

Phil is blogging the photos he took, and posted about his trip to Cork too.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/500s

High Street, Bantry

High Street, Bantry

High Street in Bantry, Co. Cork is one of the main streets in the town. It was a gorgeous day when I walked around there and shot this high contrast photo on one of it’s corners.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 22mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

Cock Pit Lane, Cork

Cock Pit Lane, Cork

I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know where Cock Pit Lane was, or if you had never heard of it. It’s a small lane off Cornmarket Street, Cork.

I was fascinated by the slight change in meaning of the English and Irish names. The Irish name, “Lana Troid Coileach” literally means, “Cock Fight Lane”, a much less politically correct interpretation I’m sure you’ll agree. I don’t think the name changed in recent times because the only hit for this lane in Google is a PDF file listing O’Shea family members. Apparently William Shea, a publican, lived on Cock-Pit Lane in 1795. Pity there isn’t any more information.

This wasn’t shot yesterday at the photomeet, but I will be posting more of yesterday’s shots during the week!

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 48mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

Musical Sunglasses

Musical Sunglasses

A brass band played in front of Cork City Library today and I made this shot while waiting with Phil and his brother Christopher for Damien to appear.

We didn’t make it to Robodock in the end. I was busy and exhausted with a sick baby all morning and I think I’m lucky I managed to get into town at all! Nice to meet up with everyone, including Donal later on in The Newport.

Baby Adam is feeling much better after a lot of care and nursing. Doctor says he’ll be right as rain (and we get enough of that these days!) by Monday. Phew. Poor fella is really suffering.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/125s

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