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Little Black Cat

Little Black Cat

One of the black cats that lives in Blarney village, Cork.


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G965F
Focal length4.3mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/140s

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Some sunrise this morning

Some sunrise this morning
Some sunrise this morning

The colours in the sky this morning were unreal for a few minutes. Reds mixed with purples. Deep shadows in the clouds. Wonderful.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO160
Shutter speed1/50s

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The Crumb Patrol

The Crumb Patrol

A crow watches for crumbs on the ground at the Blarney Woollen Mills today. The white gazebo/tent is gone but it was good to see the (permanent?) outdoor covered seating next to the building still there.


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/280s

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A Frosty Morning in Blarney

A Frosty Morning in Blarney

Blarney on a frosty morning in February 2013. We’ve had such a mild winter this year but there’s always a (tiny) chance of snow for the next few weeks.


Apertureƒ/5
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length28mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/50s

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When the sun rises tomorrow…

When the sun rises tomorrow...

It seems unreal but most of the Covid19 restrictions will be lifted in Ireland tomorrow morning at 6am.

  • Pubs and restaurant hours to return to normal.
  • Nightclubs reopen.
  • FULL attendance at indoor and outdoor events.
  • Covid pass requirement gone for hospitality.

You’ll still need the Covid digital cert (or I presume a negative PCR?) to travel on a plane though.

Today we had just over 11,000 new cases of Covid19, but it’s omicron, “the mild variant”. Our hospitals aren’t overflowing. The Taoiseach spoke this evening and acknowledged that case numbers will go up. Hopefully not too many of those extra people die or suffer long term disability.

Despite the frost on the ground in the photo above this has been a remarkably mild winter. If I go anywhere I’ll be eating and drinking outside for a good while yet.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/1050s

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Blarney Castle Sunset

Blarney Castle Sunset

A few days ago we had a lovely sunset and luckily I was out walking with my wife around the village. Here’s a shot from the road outside. This is a silhouette anyone in Blarney will recognise, isn’t it?


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/490s

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Blarney Horse

Blarney Horse

One of the horses in the grounds of Blarney Castle. February 2015.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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Which Way is Up?

Which Way is Up?

A perfect reflection by the River Martin walk in Blarney.

(It’s flipped)


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/340s

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Fog in the Light

Fog in the Light

A street light shines through the fog on a gloomy night recently. Many parts of the country had fog warnings but for someone on foot it lent a mysterious feel to ordinary scenes.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/17s

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The colours of Autumn

The colours of Autumn

As we head into what is often described as a dreary month, especially after the festivities in December, here’s a reminder of the glorious Autumn colours last year. Spring won’t be long now!


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO40
Shutter speed1/150s

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Blarney House in the Distance

Blarney House in the Distance

Walk down by Blarney Lake and you’ll see Blarney House off the distance. There are usually cattle or horses in the fields around here but on this July day in 2015 the fields were empty.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length17mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/160s

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Little Robin on the Wall

Little Robin on the Wall

A robin on my garden wall in December 2020.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/400s