• Tracks in the Snow, Ireland - February 2020
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    Tracks in the Snow, Ireland - February 2020

    Just off the track through the snow, I found tracks and what looked like a good spot for a photograph so I headed up slope and into the deeper snow.

    Only a fox had been through this part of the mountains since snow blanketed the heathery hillsides with fine, deep white powder.

    I wandered for a while, photographed and spent time listening to the sounds of nature.

    Exploring Ireland is filled with moments like these and other countless, priceless moments that make a visit to the Emerald Isle so special.

    Join me to photograph in the snow, on long summer evenings, with autumn foliage or spring greens.

    Written on Friday, 14 February 2020 00:17 in Guide Read more...
  • Saint Valentine and Dublin, Ireland
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Saint Valentine and Dublin, Ireland

    Saint Valentine, the 3rd century Italian martyr whose feast day is celebrated on the 14th of February is not commonly associated with Dublin, yet his remains are housed in a reliquary shrine in the Irish capital.

    How did this come about you might well ask, he was unlikely to have visited Ireland in his lifetime.

    Written on Thursday, 13 February 2020 13:53 in Guide Read more...
  • Snow in the Mountains, after Storm Ciara before Storm Dennis
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Snow in the Mountains, after Storm Ciara before Storm Dennis

    Some snow in the Irish mountains, I knew that winter wasn't over yet back in January.

    After quite an adventure where the roads were snowbound today, having to reverse down a mountain side as progress was non-grippy, slippy and, in the end, impossible.

    In fact the car ahead of me had already run into troubles on the steep incline, there were patches of compacted snow and ice across the road, particularly where sunlight hadn't reached over the past few days, after all I was climbing up the northern slopes of the mountains.

    Written on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 22:09 in Guide Read more...
  • Swimming at Dublin's Forty Foot
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Swimming at Dublin's Forty Foot

    Dublin's Forty Foot is a famous swimming location, perhaps one of the most famous in the world attracting the likes of Loudon Wainwright III when he visits Ireland and thousands of locals on Christmas Day each year.

    Despite the name, the Forty Foot is not home to waves forty feet high, nor is the water forty feet deep. The Forty Foot was home to the British Army's 40th Regiment of Foot, hence the name Forty Foot or 40 Foot.

    Anyway if it was forty feet deep we would have to rename it to "The 12.2 Metre" or "The Twelve Metre".

    Here is one of my videos made at the Forty Foot on Christmas Day 2018, when thousands of people turn out to swim in the cold Irish Sea, many for charity and good causes but also for a challenge and some fun.

    Written on Friday, 07 February 2020 21:11 in Guide Read more...
  • Otter of the River Suir
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Otter of the River Suir

    An interesting sight that you often won't see in Ireland, the elusive Eurasian otter has been on the IUCN Red List for some time, classified as Near Threatened and a species in decline, Lutra lutra is one of the finest animals to see in nature.

    Here as I was travelling along Ireland's River Suir in County Tipperary, I saw this busy otter swimming, diving and fishing on the fast flowing river.

    It was an impressive hour, the otter would work its way upstream, then dive under water to re-emerge usually with a fish.

    Here it is seen with what looks like a decent sized trout. This is a big creature, male otters can reach 1.3m nose to tail and they look impressive when you see them cutting through the water's surface.

    This is undoubtedly one of the finest animals to see, along with Ireland's other elusive mammal the pine marten.

    River Suir Otter, Ireland Panoramic Ireland
    Written on Wednesday, 05 February 2020 20:34 in Guide Read more...

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