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A stag in the rain

A stag in the rain in a field. Drops of rain fall around him as he stands alone.

A stag in the field opposite Muckross House in Killarney on a very wet October afternoon this year.

I was there with Blarney Photography Club and after a not so successful morning we retreated to the café in Muckross Garden Restaurant for lunch.

It was still raining afterwards, but some of us stopped outside to photograph this stag. In a lull in the rain I stupidly ran out with only a light jacket and took cover under a tree that was still heavy with leaves. Got a few shots and then the heavens opened. Got a bit soaked!

Totally worth it. Great day out with great people.


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The stag in the field

The stag in the field

A stag and a few hind in a field in Killarney. Far off in another field.


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The Gang is Watching

That Gang is Watching

A gang of Kerry cattle observe me and a group of humans as we walk past their field.

Fun fact – they are “believed to be one of the oldest breeds in Europe” according to Wikipedia. 🙂


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The Devil’s Coach Horse

The Devil's Coach Horse

I spotted this nasty looking fella on a trail in Killarney last weekend. We hoped to catch the rutting but the weather was terrible, and stags were shy. No fights but a few photos to post later..

Anyway, this guy was huge! This page says they’re about 2.8 cm, but I swear he was bigger. His tail comes up like a scorpion, and he scampered quickly across the ground, making him hard to photograph.

A ferocious and fast predator, the Devil’s coach horse beetle hunts invertebrates after dark in gardens and on grasslands. It is well-known for curling up its abdomen like the tail of a scorpion when defending itself.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a beetle like this before, but apparently they’re common!


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An evening above Dunquin Pier

An evening above Dunquin Pier

Dunquin Pier at the end of the Dingle Peninsula sits below a steep grassy cliff. Last year I saw three teenage girls sitting on the edge of the cliff you can see in this photo. I got dizzy just looking at them but they weren’t in (much) danger. There’s a step below where many feet have worn away the grass.


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Focal length24mm
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Silhouetted by the Sunset

Silhouetted by the Sunset

A fantastic night’s sky just after the sun has set in Dingle, Co. Kerry.


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Spinning around the sunset

Spinning around the sunset

All the fun of the swings on the Star Flyer at the Spin City Funfair in Dingle, Co Kerry.


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Colourful Dingle Night

Colourful Dingle Night

The night sky over Dingle was lovely and colourful one night in August, 2022.


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Clouds Float over the Conor Pass

Clouds Float over the Conor Pass

A vertical panorama of the Conor Pass, July 2022.


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An Fear Marbh at Sunset

An Fear Marbh at Sunset

On a family holiday in Dingle earlier this year.


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Kian McNally wins

Kian McNally wins

Kian McNally wins at the Dingle Races on August 6th, 2022. Well done on your success, Kian!

They published a few videos of Kian after the race. In this one you can just about see me behind my camera two to three seconds into the video. Here’s an interview with him.


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Morning on the Lake

Morning on the Lake

A lovely morning looking out at the Lakes of Killarney.

October 2021.


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Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s