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… Read More

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Biosphere 2 Lung

As Biosphere 2 is a self contained and airtight structure the air inside would expand and contract on warm and cold days which could cause the building to explode or implode! Two lungs were built to cope with this effect. One of them is pictured above. As the air in the building warmed up the black lung would expand and the roof of this room lowered. When we were there they opened an outside door to ventilate the room and the roof slowly fell. It was quite a sight to see and the draught out the door was enough to make it hard to be heard over the whine. More… Read More

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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

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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

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Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 lies in the dusty hot desert in Arizona. It was originally designed as a self contained “world” where scientists stayed for an extended period of time. After going through the tour, there’s no way I’d volunteer to spend my time inside. It must have been very difficult being cooped up in one building. The Wikipedia page on the project has a lot more detail about what went on there. Anyway, the building is very striking to look at, especially as the day was fine and interesting clouds added to the scene. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 20D Focal length 10mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/200s

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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… Read More

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zero zero zero four

Disused and ancient petrol pump in McCarthy’s Garage, Schull. This is the third, and final image from this particular garage. If I could have gotten inside I’d have a lot more to show. There’s an old garage a few miles from here in the middle of nowhere. They used to handle Japanese imports and sell petrol but now the pumps are silent and a guard dog barks from what I remember as a yard filled with old cars. Must dig up the shots I took that day. PS. Check out Today is my gift to you by fellow Cork man, Fr James McSweeney. He married us 2 years ago and… Read More

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The goold old days of cheap fuel

The price of fuel keeps going up and up but the price increases arrived too late for McCarthy’s Garage in Schull where I made this photo of an ancient petrol pump. The detail on the full size image is wonderful, but I’m happy enough with this web version too. Links: The Flickr Blog recently featured stories from Ireland with some nice 70’s shots. Remember the Guinness Ad with the dominoes? It was filmed in a small town called Iruya in northwest Argentina. It’s so remote it’s barely accessible by road in the winter. Here’s some photos from Iruya. I didn’t think it was worth all the effort to make that… Read More

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