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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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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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Light Shines Through

Light Shines Through

Light shines through the trees overlooking in the River Martin in Blarney.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length35mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/160s

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The Curve and a Tree

The Curve and a Tree

Walking back to the main building of Quinta da Roêda in the Douro Valley, Portugal in 2019. This tree was probably the tallest in the immediate area.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length31mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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The Oldest Bridge in Ireland

The Oldest Bridge in Ireland

The oldest bridge in Ireland is claimed to be this bridge built by St. Patrick in the 6th century. It’s on the grounds of Moville Boutique Hostel in Co. Donegal.

I say “claimed” because there are others such as the Esker Bridge in Dublin and this one in Trim.

Who knows? The hostel is lovely and well worth a visit so you might as well visit the bridge while you’re there!


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/8s

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The Sunset Tree

The Sunset Tree

If you’ve ever been to Kinsale and looked across the water at the houses on the waterfront this tree sits in the garden in front of one. I stood just outside their driveway and caught a lovely sunset behind it one lovely July day 2019.

Yes, there is a bird in the photo too.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length55mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/100s

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Looking Up and Up

Looking Up and Up

My first outing with Blarney Photography Club since March 2020 and it was a very pleasant walk along the bird sanctuary in Blarney.

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 2.2mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/470s
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Tree After Sunset

Tree After Sunset

This tree is the one remaining part of the old field left on the site of the “new” estate of Cluain Ard in Blarney.

Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 2.2mm
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The Straight Road

The Straight Road

Trees loom over a narrow country road. Thankfully it was a nice bright day and not spooky one bit!

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 2.2mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/1500s
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Golden Spring Leaves

Golden Spring Leaves

Golden leaves in the grounds of Blarney Woollen Mills last month.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 4.3mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/190s
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A touch of Autumn

A touch of Autumn

I’ve no doubt this tree in Blarney Castle Gardens is now in full bloom but back in November 2020 the leaves were turning orange as the days got colder.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/25s