Monthly Archives: October 2016

Southern Ireland

Hi there, I know it’s been a while since my last post, it’s been a bit busy here. Since last time I have been frantically going through all the photos I took during my trip to Southern Ireland. I hope you like them, it was a great few days spent there and I desperately want to go back. We stayed in a hotel just outside Dublin and while the Mrs worked, I took myself off with the camera.

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Southern Ireland – Day 1

It was an early start that Wednesday morning, I was sat on the runway at Heathrow as the sun rose…(taken on my S7 phone…)

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It was mid afternoon by the time I was ready to venture out. I drove up to Portrane which was a half hour trip. The internet told me I could get there and back in time to collect Annabelle from work. I wasn’t disappointed with the suggestion either. The rugged coast and clouds provided the perfect subject for a couple of snaps.

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I practiced a long exposure shot of the waves against the rocks sticking out in the bay…

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Below shows some moody clouds above Portrane Bay.

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Southern Ireland

 

Southern Ireland – Day 2

This was the Thursday and and first full day of being in Southern Ireland. I had been told about the Cliffs of Moher by Annabelle, who had been told by a colleague. A quick Google search and I was smitten, despite them being on the complete opposite side of the country! It was actually a very pleasant drive in the hire car. Once out of Dublin the motorways were an absolute breeze. All told it took about 3 and a half hours.

I stopped off on the way at a place called Lahinch when I saw this tower on a golf course…(both taken on my S7 phone)

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Southern Ireland

After wandering around on a very blustery coastal road I saw this scene behind me;

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So back in the car and I finally reach my destination. What a beautiful and rugged coastline. The weather was extremely changeable so one minute it would be clear, then cloudy, the clear again…

These cliffs have featured in films such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.

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Southern Ireland

 The shot below shows O’Brien’s Tower

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On my way back to the car I spotted a faint rainbow…

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Southern Ireland – Day 3

The final day was spent driving down through the mountain range, taking in a waterfall then on to Wicklow. I stopped off (as I always seem to do) to grab a few shots of the gorgeous sights around me.

This was on a random road on the way to Powerscourt;

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Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

I finally found my way to Powerscourt Waterfall and once again did a couple of long exposure shots.

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Southern Ireland

Southern Ireland

My drive to Wicklow took me right over the top of some beautiful mountains with stunning scenery. I also I met who had been scouring the valley floor for mushrooms for his ill daughter! Oddly he was the exact doppelgänger for a very good friend of ours. It is possible they were related, I’m lead to believe. Who knows….

There was one point during my drive that the film An American Werewolf in London though crossed my mind. So desolate and beautiful, all I needed was a pub called the Slaughtered Lamb…

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Eventually I found other people when I stopped off at Lough Tay, otherwise known as the Guinness Lake.

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So after a brief stop off at Glendalough (photos yet to come) I finally reached Wicklow. I visited Wicklow on my 14th birthday with my Dad on his boat, and I wanted to pop back whilst I was in the neighbourhood 🙂

The drive had taken me pretty much all day, with all the stop-offs and photo taking. It was dark and a storm was approaching but I did manage a quick shot of a boat on stilts!!

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The End

Wow, that was a marathon blog today, right? I hope the photos gave you some idea of just how beautiful Southern Ireland is. I will definitely be going back. There are so many other places to visit, so much history to explore.

Any of these photos can be bought as prints. Please drop me an email if you wish to buy any, and as always I’d love to hear your feedback.

Until next time, be good 🙂

Mart

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From a couple of weeks ago

Surprise! It’s been some time since my last post so I’m bringing you some photos from a couple of weeks ago.

Time is of the essence so I’m not going to wax lyrical, just get straight to it 🙂

Maya

She’s such a beauty. She’s not the best model though. She’ll stand there for ages but point a camera at her and she decides to move.

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Photos from the Archives

Yep, I was running low on inspiration so decided to raid my archives and found these.

1 – Taken last March it shows the sun setting behind the trees in Grazeley.

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2 – This shot was from October 2015 and shows an Autumnal scene in Wasing Park.

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3 – This was taken a couple of months ago on a trip to Uffington.

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Wasing Park

And these were taken recently on another trip to Wasing Park. I find myself drawn to this place every now and again and this time I had a proper look around. I didn’t realise there was a nice little church around the back – St Nicholas Church which is predominantly 15th Century.

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Wokefield Common

The last couple of photos for today were taken when out walking with Maya in Wokefield Common. I love the start of Autumn as the greens slowly turn orange. Such amazing colours!

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And that’s it for this week. I hope you liked the photos I posted, taken from a couple of weeks ago. I know I keep nagging, but I’m always hoping to read your thoughts on my photos. Why not drop a couple of words into the text boxes and let me know what you think? 🙂

Any of my photos can be ordered for prints or on canvas or aluminium. Why not treat yourself or buy as a present?

Just let me know which ones you like and we can sort something out 🙂

Until next time take great care,

Mart

 

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