Happy Sunday! And indeed mine has gotten an extra sprinkling of happiness today, as my blog has been unexpectedly nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by the lovely Livvy. Livvy is a fellow Irish photographer and blogger whom I have never actually met, but with whom I share a love of Ireland and of photography. Enjoy her work at: A Year In The Life
In the spirit and model of internet photographers and of this award, it is my pleasure to nominate fellow bloggers to share in the glow. As such, I nominate the following blogs, some of whom are also photographers, and all of whom I read and have come to admire:
Everything I know about digital photography I have learned from the internet. (That’s true for me, and many of us, for other subjects as well…) I started with a long distant background in darkroom photography, but it is through the generosity and skill of internet photographers that I have learned what I now know, and how I keep improving. All because people share. So I am grateful to receive this nomination, which is really just an exercise in sharing, and I hope that you visit and learn from the other bloggers I mention here, photography, or whatever their subject.
Bloggers who are nominated should 1) thank the nominator, 2) link back to their blog, and 3) nominate 15 other blogs. Hands up, I only nominated ten, but I wanted to list ones I can genuinely endorse. It benefits everyone to nominate more, of course, because it means more links back to your own page. Oh, and don’t forget to copy and post the award image from above onto your blog! Have fun with it, and I hope the nomination gives you, as it did me, an extra reason to smile today!
Many thanks, and HAPPY SUNDAY!
As part of our summer holidays we drove from New Jersey to North Carolina in the USA. Along the way we stopped at a beautiful rest stop on the Blue Star Memorial Highway in West Virginia. While we were stretching our legs, I occupied myself wandering around the beautiful gardens, where I stopped to admire some busy bees enjoying the echinacea flowers. Look at that guy in the air – a marvel!
I took this photograph a few weeks back when these traditional Galway fishing boats were racing in the Bay. The name “Hooker” comes from the hooked fishing lines that were used before the introduction of fishing nets. The boats were built by hand from tarred timbers, and the hulls were blackened with an emulsion of creosote and coal. Each had three reddish-brown sails: the main sail, the foresail on either side of the mast, and a jib sail extended beyond the bow. The colour of the sails came from being soaked in a solution made from tree bark, a process known as “barking”. They are beautiful boats, and I love to photograph them. I layered and textured this photo to give it a bit more depth and interest.