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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

The Swans of Blarney Castle

Blarney Lake lies at the far end of the gardens surrounding Blarney Castle but is well worth a visit if you’re in the gardens. I’m not sure how often swans are there but these two curious and friendly birds were there yesterday.

The Swans of Blarney Castle

The Swans of Blarney Castle

The Swans of Blarney Castle

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera DSC-RX100M4
Focal length 25.7mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Fun day at Fota Wildlife Park

Earlier this year, between lockdowns, I visited Fota Wildlife Park for a nice couple of hours walking around the park looking at the animals. No chance now, Fota is more than 5km from my home!

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Ireland Photography Photos

The Disappearance of Fungie

Fungie

The disappearance of a single solitary dolphin in the year 2020 would seem to be small news among the horrible things that have happened this year. The pandemic is still raging. Ireland is in lockdown again. People are dying from Covid-19.

However, on October 20th it was reported that Fungie, a dolphin that first appeared in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry in 1983 was missing for 7 days.

For as long as I’ve been aware of Dingle, it has been synonymous with Fungie. He was hard to miss as there’s a statue in the town, and several boats lined the quays ready to take visitors out to see the friendly dolphin.

I went out once in 2017, and I saw him break the surface a few times but he wasn’t in the mood for playing at the time. You should have seen the packed boats of tourists trying to grab a glimpse of him. Thankfully our boat wasn’t as busy!

The last time I saw him was in August this year. My family and I walked out to Hussey’s Folly on a glorious evening where we sat in the grass watching the water, accompanied by several boats and kayakers.

There was the occasional shout when someone spotted him, and the delighted laughs and exclamations made it all worth it.

The next night we walked out by the small beach at Bín Bán. As night fell we heard splashes in the still water and spotted Fungie swimming back and forth just ten to twenty metres from shore. All was quiet. There was only my family and a passer-by around. It was very special hearing his splashes in the water.

Paddy Ferriter, keeper of the old lighthouse pictured above, was the first person to spot Fungie in 1983. He tells his story in a short clip here:

My photos of Fungie don’t do him justice. Follow these links for more:

Washington Post article on his disappearance.

There are wonderful videos of Fungie on this Facebook page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7sEG6WhPM

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Morning Walks around Blarney

Covid-19 Lockdown began again in Ireland for six weeks until December 1st. Hopefully people don’t go crazy drinking and partying in December thinking the Coronavirus is gone, but of course they will. Bet we’ll have another lockdown in January.

We’re restricted to exercising within 5km of our homes now, which is ridiculous when you live in a village but obviously makes sense if you live in a build up urban area. I get out for a quick walk most mornings around Blarney and the sun rising is always a nice experience.


The Mill built an outside dining area for customers and even had nice fake trees with these flowers dotted around the area. When lockdown was announced they pull down part of it, including these trees. Hopefully they’ll be back in December.


The leaves of trees in the carpark of the Woollen Mills in Blarney as the sun rose.


Waterloo Joinery and other signs point the way up Waterloo Road.


Mushrooms growing in a tree stump in the grounds of the Woollen Mills.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera DSC-RX100M4
Focal length 12.06mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/40s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Cheetah Cuddles

Cheetah Cuddles

Cheetahs cuddle and groom each other at Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/640s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The fence and nature

Glencolmcille, Donegal. August 2017.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/30s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Hussey’s Folly and Yellow

Hussey’s Folly outside Dingle, Co Kerry. April 2019.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 22mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The sea rushes back

Ballydowane, Co Waterford over the weekend with Blarney Photography Club.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/20s
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The Rocks of Playa Chica Beach

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain. November 2016.

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 6s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Frost on the Ground

On the Bawnnafinny Road looking towards Blarney and the River Shournagh. February 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Trees in the Snow

Blarney, Co Cork. January 2015.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Photography Photos

Welsh Sunrise on the Fields

Somewhere in Wales, July 2016.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm