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Evening Walk on Achill Island

A yellow sign warns car drivers that children are running around, while the Moon shines down out of the early evening sky

A few years back, during our holiday on Achill Island, we decided to take a stroll on a beautiful evening. The warm air and clear sky set the perfect ambiance. As we walked, I noticed a sign that cautioned drivers about children playing in the area, while the Moon shone brilliantly in the evening sky.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length58mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/25s

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Exhausted on Snowy Slopes

Two skiers prepare to go downhill, while in the foreground a sign warns "Halt" and "Skilift" pointing to the right but the sign is leaning precariously to the side

We had trudged up and down rugged hills, wearing snow shoes, until we finally came to a stop, feeling sore and utterly exhausted. The sun blazed down on us as we stood at 1500m on a crisp, clear day. Ahead of us loomed another hill, descending a valley and then ascending at a steep incline. At the bottom, we spotted two skiers preparing to travel further down the slopes.

In the foreground, a sign attached to a precarious, leaning pole caught our attention. It commanded us to “Halt”, but the sign pointing to the ski lift pointed upwards towards the sky, which was fitting because the ski lift itself ascended the side of a dauntingly steep hill.

Wisely, I believe, we decided to take a break for lunch instead of attempting that treacherous incline. 🙂


Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length146mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/2000s

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A Morning Walk in Santa Cruz

Early morning on the promenade in Santa Cruz. A crane on the left and a sign on the right.

Way back in 2013, at the Automattic Grand Meetup, I took an early morning walk along the promenade in Santa Cruz. The sun had already risen, but the world was quiet, and I enjoyed a solitary walk before the day’s work had to be done.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/1000s

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THAT’S US BTW! YOU ARE EU

A poster on a bus shelter proclaims "Freedom, Peace & Energy Indepence. YOU ARE EUROPE" A group of young people are huddled together next to the text reading "YOU ARE EU" An advert on the bus at the bus stop says "THAT@S US BTW!" with an arrow pointing down to the end of a URL.

The bus shelter is adorned with a poster promoting a message of “Freedom, Peace & Energy Independence. YOU ARE EUROPE”, featuring a group of youthful individuals standing beside the text “YOU ARE EU”. This poster can be spotted throughout the EU, and I even noticed a few on the Europe subreddit last week.

Meanwhile, an advertisement displayed on the bus parked at the stop bears the message “THAT’S US BTW!” with an arrow pointing downwards towards the end of a URL. However, I like to think the arrow is pointing towards the individuals featured in the EU poster.

These types of advertisements and posters serve as a reminder of the interconnectedness of people across the EU, and the importance of promoting unity and solidarity among diverse communities. The bus itself is a common mode of transportation throughout many European cities, offering a convenient and efficient way to traverse the bustling streets and vibrant neighborhoods of these dynamic urban centers.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/500s

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The couple in the photo

A woman sits on a window sill, while a man (her partner?) stands next to her.
Another couple in a photo in the window look on.

A couple in a photo, a couple on the street. Malaga.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO320
Shutter speed1/500s

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We’re With You Ukraine

We're With You Ukraine

A banner above the carpark off Grand Parade proclaims, “WE’RE WITH YOU UKRAINE”.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO800
Shutter speed1/500s

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Sin é luí na gréine

Sin é luí na gréine

Outside the Sin Ă© pub in Cork on Saturday evening as we went to the Everyman Theatre to see Des Bishop perform.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length191mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/200s

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Getting the hump

Getting the hump

Speed bumps, traffic pillows or humps. Birmingham, June 2022.


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/560s

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Reflections on Automattic

Reflections on Automattic

The Automattic logo on our old offices reflected in a building across the road.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/100s

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Night Club Fantasy

Night Club Fantasy

Not much use for a night club in the middle of a blistering hot day in Tenerife.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO2000
Shutter speed1/500s

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Yellow and Blue

Yellow and Blue

We’ve seen a lot of the Ukraine flag in the last few months following the invasion of that country by Russia. Before that I didn’t realise the wall facing the Centra in Dingle had the same colours. Looking the worse for wear and not the right shades of course.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO64
Shutter speed1/100s

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Love the tyre

Love the tyre

Outside the garage near the Mercy Hospital, Cork. February 2020.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s