Such a colourful scene as Cirsium vulgare, the common thistle, provides pollen for the brightly coloured red-tailed bumblebee or Bombus lapidarius in the Irish countryside. The red-tailed bumblebee is a common bee in Ireland although according to a 2006 NPWS report it was listed as near threatened. I could have sat and watched, and indeed photographed, these bees all day…
Sunday, 14 August 2022 23:12

Lightning Over the Church, Ireland

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The heatwave that has finally hit Ireland has now ended, with thunderstorms over the country. Temperatures exceeded 31C this week but as of Sunday night thunder and lightning is now the dominant weather. Here, lightning over one of Ireland's many fine church buildings.
The thistle Cirsium vulgare may be the national flower of Scotland, but they do also grow well in Ireland and Irish bumblebees such as this buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris enjoy the purple flowers in late summer. Seen here on a hot August day in 2022 in the south east of Ireland, where I found some at the edge of a…
Sunday, 07 August 2022 22:40

Meet Jack, Cork's Friendliest Cat

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Meet Jack the black cat, Cork's friendliest cat. Walking through Cork, before or after one of my Cork City photo tours I often take time to go out of my way and visit Jack, who will definitely appreciate it if you do indeed stop to say hi. Join me to photograph in Cork or somewhere else in Ireland.
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 22:41

Ash Tree, Ruins of an Old House

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This ash tree marks a little high point, a prominence at the entrance to a small enclosure, beside the ruins of an old stone thatched cottage. Only a few of the foundation stones remain here, the cottage long since tumbled but this impressive ash, estimated to be 140 years old, still stands and was probably a young tree when the…
The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountains in Northern Ireland. The Mournes sit some 35 miles south of Belfast and visible from parts of the city, most notably those views served as inspiration to CS Lewis for Narnia in his famous tales. Composed mainly of granite the Mourne Mountains are rugged and peaky, crossed by many paths…
Street colour from Cork, known by locals to be the real capital of Ireland. Here, the Kino, a now defunct theatre was as famous for the colour of the events that it hosted and the colour if its distinctive edifice on the city's Washington Street. Panoramic Ireland really enjoys photographing in Cork and the Kino has always been a colourful…
It may have been swelteringly hot throughout the rest of Europe this summer, but here in Ireland the heatwave consisted of a week or so of hot weather. For much of July 2022 the weather has been colder, wetter and windier than usual and on this occasion we had lots of trouble photographing the coastline along Ireland's famed Wild Atlantic…
Travel to Ireland remains challenging at the moment, although the country has dropped any mandates in relation to COVID-19 and Coronavirus, it is now the problems with actually getting you or your bags to Ireland. Every day the newspapers are full of stories of international travellers and those returning home who have arrived but their bags have not. This actually…
I have written about arriving in Ireland before, both by sea and by air. There is no doubt that arriving into Dublin, despite all the recent issues with international travel, is one of the scenic experiences of any airport in the world. Here is Lambay Island, a small island off the north Dublin coast, the headland of Howth seen in…
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