• Nice to see you again, Heather
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    Nice to see you again, Heather

    Fraoch mór is the Irish name for heather, Calluna vulgaris and it can be found over large parts of the Irish landscape.

    It is also known as ling and it prefers acidic, boggy soils that cover the upland areas of Ireland. These are places that often, at first glance, appear barren with vast open tracts of treeless ground with only heath in view as far as the eye can see. But when the heather is flowering the uplands are filled with the sounds of bees busy collecting pollen. From April to August, before the pale purple colour bursts across the Irish countryside, ground nesting birds such as skylarks can be seen and heard hovering overhead.

    Written on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:17 in Guide Read more...
  • Summer in Ireland - not always what you would expect
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    Summer in Ireland - not always what you would expect

    Sometimes summer in Ireland is just not what you would expect. Well, perhaps it is what you might expect.

    Usually our summers are filled with long days, sunshine and cloud with a good deal of rain but much blue sky - like this.

    Summer 2017 has so far proved to be a good bit different with many grey days, lingering cloud and reduced sunshine. It has still been warm but all of this provides a challenge to the photographer.

    Written on Monday, 28 August 2017 21:53 in Photo Tours Read more...
  • Bright Golden sunset Light after Grey Day
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    Bright Golden sunset Light after Grey Day

    After a day when the weather was supposed to have been better, the evening's stormy sky changed to bright golden sunshine at sunset.

    But only for a brief moment or two.

    This image is of that sunset light, the embedded post below is of the stormy sky just before sunset and after the day's rain had ceased.

    That's how the Irish weather goes, it's difficult to say if the weather will be good or bad but there is always going to be something worthwhile for the photographer.

    I always leave for the day with a plan for landscape photography, and adapt according to the weather and other factors.

    To learn how to photograph in any conditions such as these or these contact me using the contact page.

     
    Written on Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:12 in Guide
  • Waves of the Wild Atlantic Way, County Clare, Ireland
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    Waves of the Wild Atlantic Way, County Clare, Ireland

    Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500km along the country's Atlantic seaboard from Cork in the south to Donegal in the north.

    Here is one small section of that coastline, in County Clare when on a photography workshop we stopped to photograph the delights of this county well known for traditional music, archaeology and Father Ted.

    I call it 'Waves' and you can join me on a photography workshop in County Clare or anywhere along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

     

    Written on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 23:23 in Photo Tours
  • A Summer View in Ireland of Sheep-dotted Hills and Green Fields
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    A Summer View in Ireland of Sheep-dotted Hills and Green Fields

    A recent photography workshop saw us finish up for sunset at a famous Irish location but on the way we stopped here to capture this rural scene of green fields and sheep-dotted mountain ridges sidelighted by the low summer evening sun.

     

    Written on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 16:51 in Photo Tours