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A Welsh Sunrise

A Welsh Sunrise

In what seems like a lifetime ago we visited Wales, exploring some of the towns and countryside near St. David’s, Newport and elsewhere.

Here’s a sunrise outside St. David’s. Up early at 5am. Lovely to be out so early when the world is so quiet.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length70mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/80s

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Sunrise over Blarney

Sunrise over Blarney

The sun rises over the houses of Blarney early one morning at the end of March, 2022.


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/2800s

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Morning Light on Blarney Castle

Morning Light on Blarney Castle

This morning is a beautiful start to the week. Fog in the distance and the fiery orange ball of the sun shining through clear skies. Blarney Castle was lit up in a lovely orange glow and I had to spend a few minutes away from the busy bustle of life to get this photo.


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO64
Shutter speed1/50s

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Sunrise in Blarney

Sunrise in Blarney

The sun rises slowly over the horizon almost exactly 4 years ago in March 2018.


Apertureƒ/14
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length300mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/640s

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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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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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A New Day Dawns

A New Day Dawns

The sun almost breaks over the horizon on a lovely October morning in Kerry last year.

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Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/80s

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The sunrise flows

The sunrise flows over the hill

Because of the disc’s enormous magical field, at sunrise, the morning light flows over like thick golden syrup, accumulating in valleys and then slowly crawling over the top of an hillside. The same can be said about the night, which spreads like plum jam.

Terry Pratchett

Sunrise over Muckross Lake in Killarney, Co Kerry. On a visit there with Blarney Photography Club one morning in October 2021.


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length191mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/800s

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The boats of Gougane Barra

The boats of Gougane Barra

Another early morning sunrise photo at Gougane Barra with Blarney Photography Club. Way back in 2016 I published a similar photo but the Gougane Barra boats were swapped. They’ve been there quite some time!


Apertureƒ/10
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/4s

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Sunrise over Muckross Lake

Sunrise over Muckross Lake

An early morning drive to the Lakes of Killarney this morning resulted in an eventful trip for Blarney Photography Club today. Rain didn’t spoil the sunrise, but a trip afterwards to the Gap of Dunloe didn’t go so well with a literal storm blowing up between the hills.

The photo above is from Dinis Cottage if you’re interested. Lovely walk down there and so picturesque!


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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St. Finbarr’s Oratory

St. Finbarr's Oratory

On an island in Gougane Barra, just as the sun broke over the horizon behind me.

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Finbarr. More to be found in this fascinating blog post.


Apertureƒ/10
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length44mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/4s

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The sun peeks out

The sun peeks out

Early one morning when the sun rises.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/1600s