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Second Southern Ireland Trip

Hi there, wow how long has it been since my last post? A good few months, for sure! For my comeback post I have photos from my second Southern Ireland trip. I was there at the end of March, again just for a few days. The weather wasn’t too good but I managed to grab a few decent shots. I hope you like ’em. As always click on the pics to enlarge…

Trim Castle

On the first day I took a drive down to County Meath to Trim Castle. It’s a Norman castle, built by Hugh de Lacy over a 30 year period. I took the tour which was a great way to spend a few hours learning the history and seeing the castle from the inside.

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Trim Castle

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Trim Castle and Bell Tower

Near the site of the castle stands an old Bell Tower called The Yellow Steep;

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Yellow Steep Bell Tower

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Yellow Steep Bell Tower

I took a walk along the River Boyne and noticed this heron swimming and diving for food;

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Heron in the River Boyne

And the shot below is of St Patrick’s Church in the town.

Second Southern Ireland Trip

St Patrick’s Church

Ross Castle and The Rock at Cashel

The next day I took a long drive southwest to Killarney, County Kerry to see Ross Castle

I was really looking forward to this trip as the photos I’d seen of this castle looked amazing. Of course I was relying on the weather…sadly it had other plans. Still, it didn’t detract from the imposing building that awaited me.

It was a little busy so I took some long exposure shots to try to blur them out.

Even with grey clouds above, the surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful.

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Ross Castle

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Lake at Ross Castle

Second Southern Ireland Trip

An Irish Chaffinch

On the way back I stopped off at The Rock at Cashel in County Tipperary. Again I had visions of it being lit up against a beautiful sky but the weather gods conspired against me. The only decent shot I took I had to make as a composite and change the sky for something more easy on the eye…

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Rock at Cashel

Howth and Glendalough

The last day saw me take a drive to Howth, an outer suburb of Dublin which forms part of Dublin Bay. Being a peninsula it kinda had its very own weather system. One minute but skies, the next…well you can see from the second shot 🙂

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Lambay Island

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Howth Pier

Second Southern Ireland Trip

St Mary’s

The church above had been built around with houses and bars. I only noticed it by chance as I was wandering up the steep hill. Had to stop and ask how to get to it, such was the higgledy-piggledy way in which the town had been built. But it was a beautiful building.

I was so struck with the serene countryside and lakes of Glendalough that I knew I had to go back and visit again. I took a more direct route this time rather than meandering through the Wicklow Mountains which gave me plenty of time to walk up to the Great Lake.

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Beautiful Glendalough

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Great Lake

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Great Lake Again (slight long expo)

On the way round to the old village I spotted a cheeky little Robin…(wouldn’t be the same without a bird pic or two 🙂 )

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Irish Robin

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Irish Robin Again

And to round the trip off, a long exposure shot of the Glendasan River. In the distance you can just about see the Round Tower.

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Glendasan River Long Expo

I hope you have enjoyed the photos, sorry it took so long to post them up.

Please do leave me feedback, I’d love to know what you think of them.

Thanks,

Mart

 

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Birds, horses and trees

Hi there, thanks for popping over to have a look at my photos. I hope you’re well and having a good week? This week I’ve been taking photos of birds, horses and trees. The weather has been cold but beautiful so I managed to get out for the first time in a while.

And so we’ll delve straight in. Remember, click on the photo to view a larger image, they look better that way 🙂

Birds

As you’re well aware by now, I love the birds 🙂 I took a walk along Silchester Wall a couple of weeks ago and chanced upon a friendly robin. He was happy enough to pose a moment whilst I snapped him on a fence and then on a headstone.

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And with the cold weather comes the birds looking for a snack. This blue tit was on the feeder for a good few minutes. Most of the time they flit on and off very briefly, I think he must have been hungry!

Birds, horses and trees

Horses

I’d missed out on some amazing winter sunrises recently. I finally got my act together and took my camera in to work with me. Along the way I stopped off near Amner’s Farm and these are the results;

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And last weekend I took a stroll over at Whitehill, near Kingsclere and saw these two horses…

Birds, horses and trees

Trees

And of course you know of my fondness for trees, the lungs of the earth 🙂 The first photo was taken on New Year’s Day up in Appley Bridge.

Birds, horses and trees

The next two were shot near Beech Hill in West Berkshire

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And the final 2 I took last weekend at Whitehill

Birds, horses and trees

Birds, horses and trees

And that brings to an end my post of birds, horses and trees. I hope you liked them. As always, you can order prints of these or any others on my website. Just drop me an email and let me know which ones.

 

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10 new photos

Hi folks it’s Wednesday once again and this week I have 10 new photos to post up. Not going to give too much spiel about them as I’m against the clock , but I hope you like then nonetheless.

As usual, clicking on the photos lets you see them in a little more detail. Feedback is always welcome 🙂

Part 1

The first few are remnants from my trip to Southern Ireland. They are all from my last day there and were taken around Glendalough, near Wicklow.

10 new photos

10 new photosThe top shot shows the Round Tower in the graveyard, whilst the second shot is of the monastery.

10 new photos

 

This shot is of the Upper Lake. I think a sepia shot gives added atmosphere sometimes.

Part 2

Autumn, I love it. The colours are amazing and vibrant and the smells of loamy earth really take me back to when I was young.

I took my daughter to Hounslow for a ballet competition the other week. Between her dances I took a little time wandering around a nearby park…

10 new photos

10 new photos

10 new photos

I’m hoping the weather will perk up a little. As I sit writing this, it’s all dull and drizzly out there!

The shot below was taken as I walked Maya along the River Kennett. Once again, Autumn reveals such stunning colours.

10 new photos

Part 3

We spent a Sunday visiting my son in Norwich a few weeks back. My wife spotted this jay hustling in the undergrowth near his uni campus. First time I’ve managed to spot and photograph one…

10 new photos

10 new photos

And finally, as you know…robins are my muse. This one especially…

10 new photos

I hope you enjoyed looking at the 10 new photos.

Until next time, be good 🙂

Mart

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More various photos

Hi folks, I hope you’re well? This week brings more various photos taken from around the area where I live; Burghfield.

As always click the pics to see larger versions and if let me know what you think.

I’m going to start off close to home, in my back garden in fact with another few of my favourite feathered creatures, the humble robin…they still love to pose as you can see.

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

The next two were taken in Wokefield Common.

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

Moving further afield now with more various photos, the first shot below was taken near the park & ride at Mereoak, right next to the busy A33 and junction 11 of the M4. There are a few fields just filled with these gorgeous and delicate poppies.

The second shot was taken on the same evening overlooking Amner’s Farm towards the M4 near Burghfield. It’s been a while since I took some landscape and sunset shots.

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

And on to the River Kennet near Theale…I know the next two shots may be a bit more specialist and not to everyone’s taste, but I do find macro photography quite intriguing, and seeing insects and things up close lends a whole new perspective to them.

These guys were so intent on their feeding frenzy that I was able to get pretty close to them without them flying off.

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

And to finish, these last few shots were taken near the Burghfield Sailing Club lake, again near Theale. The first shot is a Ringlet Butterfly. Unlike the feeding flies above I was unable to get close at all as the slightest movement would send these delicate creatures fluttering off on the breeze, but I’m quite happy with how this shot turned out. Same for the Damsel Fly below it

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

Another Random Selection

And so that concludes this week’s photos. I hope you liked them. I’d love to hear your feedback so please pop a few words into the text box below.

I won’t be around next week but should have some photos for you from Pembrokeshire when I’m back next time, so until then take care,

Mart

 

 

 

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More garden wildlife

Hi there, haven’t posted for a week or two but I have a few more photos since last time. And again they are pictures of more garden wildlife, along with a couple of other random shots.

As always please let me know what you think in the comments box.

So without further ado…

I’ll start off with the nuthatch. These birds are odd little fellows as they hang upside seemingly for  ages. Sometimes eating the seeds, sometimes just hanging there. The second photo is my favourite, he just seems to be waiting patiently for the great spotted woodpecker to finish.

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

And of course I absolutely adore the woodpecker…

More garden wildlife

Seems we have a large contingent of juveniles around the garden; they look so sweet…

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

And you all know how besotted I am with these birds. The main character is one I’ve dubbed Mr Scruffs. They are so territorial, so feisty but how could anyone hold that against them when they’re so damn cute :p

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

Then there are the goldfinches. They are regular visitors now and they don’t just eat the nyger seed but are also happy to take their fill of sunflower hearts. Unlike the other visitors they sit and eat quite calmly, sedately. Such beautiful birds, so colourful.

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

Well hopefully you’re not too bored of my bird photos, I will be trying to get out a little more rather than just taking photos from my garden 🙂

Our squirrel is getting a little less shy now, he was running up and down the tree and along the fence as bold as brass. Bit of a cutie I think, and that tail is so bushy and fluffy.

More garden wildlife

I took this shot of Maya after she had been for a swim in the local boating lake…

More garden wildlife

And last but by no means least, a couple of macro shots from along the River Kennett; a pretty Common Mallow followed by a couple of tiny beetles snacking on an Oxeye Daisy.

More garden wildlife

More garden wildlife

Thanks once again for looking. A friend of mine asked if I had thought about putting a book together of my robin pics. I wonder if there would be much call for one, if you think you may be interested then let me know in the comments box and if I get enough interest I could have a look at offering it as an option 🙂

Until next time, take care;

Mart

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Some garden animals

Hi once more and happy Wednesday, I hope you’ve had a good week? A little later than usual due to work (better to be kept busy than not at all, makes the day go much faster, right?) this week I have photos mainly of some garden animals spotted over the last couple of weeks, but to start off a couple of scenic pics I took a few weeks ago. As always I’d be thrilled to hear your feedback 🙂

Clicking on the pics will enlarge them.

The flowers in the first picture are scentless mayweed, really quite common but they looked quite beautiful blowing in the early evening breeze.

The second photo was taken when we had a great sunset a few weeks back.

Garden animals

Garden animals

This cheeky little fella was the reason I decided to buy a feeding station for the birds as I spotted him hanging upside down on the oak tree in our garden trying to help himself to the seeds in the feeders…

Garden animals

And, continuing my obsession with the them, here are a few more robins. The first one was taken in the woods near me – Wokefield Common. The rest were in the garden.

Garden animals

Garden animals

Garden animals

Garden animals

Garden animals

We have a new addition to the collection of garden animals, a couple of nuthatches. Took me a while to ID them and they are sleek and slinky looking creatures.

Garden animals

Garden animals

…anda couple of playful, juveniles

Garden animals

And some grown ups…

Garden animals

Garden animals

I was surprised when I saw this, a big old starling perched on the station. It then hung off the sunflower feeder and had his fill.

Garden animals

To close, a shot I very nearly binned as I took it hastily but I thought the pigeon looked pretty cool almost out of focus but in flight…

Garden animals

And that’s it for this week. A little rushed today but I hope you liked the photos. As always your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Thanks to those who took time out to comment last week, I have taken on board your comments.

Until next week, take care,

Mart

 

 

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