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Early Morning Mist

Early Morning Mist

Mist and fog (the same thing?) gather in the hollows of an early morning last week near Blarney.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/200s

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The Morning Moon

The Morning Moon

The Moon a few days ago early one morning.


Apertureƒ/13
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s

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School starts and the sun rises

School starts and the sun rises

The sun rises a few minutes after I get up. School is starting again.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/200s

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The Jellyfish at Blarney Castle

Over the next few days in Blarney Castle there’s a new pop-up garden to visit inside the walls of the building. In it, you’ll find an aquarium that is home to a group of moon jellyfish surrounded by specially selected plants and beautiful art work. The Irish Examiner has published an article on it this morning with lots more detail.

Jellyfish in Blarney Castle
Jellyfish in Blarney Castle
Jellyfish in Blarney Castle
Jellyfish in Blarney Castle
Jellyfish in Blarney Castle

Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO25600
Shutter speed1/250s

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The Last Supermoon of 2022

The Last Supermoon of 2022

The Moon is almost 90% of it’s closest approach to Earth right now, which is why it’s called a Supermoon but it’s not much bigger than it usually is.

Thankfully the air is clear and the skies are mostly devoid of clouds so I got a nice photo of the Moon last night. 🙂


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length600mm
ISO250
Shutter speed1/640s

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Clearing The Storm Debris

Clearing The Storm Debris

Back in October 2017, storms blew several trees down on to the Waterloo Road. Within a few hours work crews had started work on clearing the area. Oddly enough they waited to do the major work until Eoghan Murphy, a minister in the government, arrived to observe.

It was enlightening to see them start working on the wood chipper and start up their machinery when they received news that Mr Murphy was nearby. I guess that’s how politics works. They have to be “seen” to be doing something.


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length28mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/15s

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The Flowers of Waterloo

Beautiful flowers around the church and round tower at Waterloo, Cork. A credit to the Waterloo Renewal Group.

The Flowers of Waterloo
The Flowers of Waterloo
The Flowers of Waterloo
The Flowers of Waterloo

Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length112mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/250s

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The old house by the Castle

The old house by the Castle

If you’ve been to Blarney recently you won’t have seen this house. It was cleared several years ago and is now an open stretch of grass, and new wooden buildings used by the staff of Blarney Castle.

February 2015.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/125s

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The Blarney Fun Run 2022

Most of the kids and some of the adults who took part in the Blarney Fun Run today. Blistering heat didn’t stop this group enjoying themselves and I saw lots of happy smiles as kids crossed the finish line.

Surrounded by everyone else is Michael, the Little Blue Hero. He was guest of honour and raised the flag at the start the race. 🙂


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length30mm
ISO320
Shutter speed1/500s

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A tree at sunset

A tree at sunset

Walking through the grounds of Blarney Castle late one November evening when the sun is setting. The shadows grow long and black fills the spaces between orange light.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraDSC-RX100M4
Focal length8.8mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/60s

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The Clougheenmillcon Deer

The Clougheenmillcon Deer

I was out with members of Blarney Photography Club last night at Clougheenmillcon near Blarney. Deer have been spotted in the area but I’d only glimpsed one while driving past some months ago.

A runner approached me with a big smile asking if I’d seen the deer. It was about 300m further on down the path towards Killeens. I was tired already but decided I needed to see it with my own eyes.

Sure enough, it was calmly eating grass by the side of the path. I had my long telephoto lens but there was really no need for it as the animal was so close!

After a few minutes of eating, looking around warily and walking to find the best grass he suddenly galloped off and disappeared into the brush.


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length233.30000305176mm
ISO25600
Shutter speed1/1000s

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A Surreal Sunset

A Surreal Sunset

In September 2015 the evening sky took on this lovely orange hue just as the sun set behind clouds on the horizon.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/100s