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Softly, softly


A pale rendering of a vibrant flower; reflects the mood of the day as we mourn the passing of a friend.

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Post Pills


“Post Pills” –This photo continues, following ‘Footsie,’ my Summer in the City series.

I was listening to some pros the other day complaining that they lose their ‘photographer’s eye’ every now and again, just from boredom with their environment. Nothing inspires. Then that feeling goes, and a new vision emerges. I’m still new to digital photography, and not even close to boredom yet — too much to learn. And I am so very fortunate to live where I do. Galway is a city by the sea, and by the countryside. I can walk from my home to the beach, to the bay, to fields of cattle, horses and sheep, or to the buzz of Galway city. I’ve no limit to what I can photograph, and I’ve decided to broaden my reach beyond the natural environment, which started as my focus. And so: the Jazz Man.

Footsie


Don't forget to feed the fish (No, they are NOT my feet.)

Happy Trails


Yesterday, the first of May, was the Celtic festival Lá Bealtaine. Bealtaine is considered a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun’s progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. We celebrated the day and marked the beginning of summer by going down to beach and watching Irish traditional boats race in Galway Bay. The wind was fierce, which was good for the hookers – Irish fishing boats with sails; but not so good for the Currach rowers who were fighting the choppy tide. I took this shot this morning. Nothing says summer like garden snails.
Céad míle fáilte roimh an samhradh: A hundred thousand welcomes to the summer!

Great Blue Heron


Another perfect weather day in Galway! Spent a lovely peaceful morning admiring this gorgeous guy picking crabs. He let me approach him slowly over a matter of minutes, and didn't seem fussed. Until a person came by with a dog. All in all, a much better way to spend the day than watching the nuptial circus on tv.

Cultivating the Beautiful


“By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.” — Robert A. Heinlein

I was headed into the forest this morning to take photographs of the bluebells – you can see them in the background – when this happened. What a lucky capture! It’s difficult to focus on something so small that it almost isn’t there – while it’s moving. Post processing consists only in a minor adjustment of colour.

Dewey Dandelion


They are everywhere, but they are lovely. I take a lot of photos of dandelions, in flower and the seedheads. Sometimes they remind me of fireworks.

Fence Flowers Forest


Waves of colour from grass, trees, and bluebells veil a meandering fence. No post processing, effects created in-camera. HAPPY EARTH DAY: Celebrate outdoors!

Das “Boat”


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Rust


boat

A detail of a large piece of industrial nautical equipment on the docks of Galway Harbour.

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