ATLANTIC SURF – NEW PAINTING

A new one, oil on canvas 31 x 23.5 inches

http://www.helene-brennan.com/atlantic-surf

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The place of inspiration, (though not much of the place may be obvious from this painting), is near Clogher Beach, viewed across the beach inlet from the walk known as Cosán na nEighe, towards Cuas na nEighe. Several of my recent paintings have been inspired by this often turbulent scene, with the very wild and stormy Atlantic Ocean and the rocky coastline at this spot.

More of my recent paintings can be seen on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c863-new-paintings-2018

 

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A FEW SUNSET SHOTS

Just a few more sunset shots from just outside my house – again!

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Many more sunset images on my website. Try this tag:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/sunset

THE BLASKET ISLANDS – TODAY’S VIEWS

THE BLASKET ISLANDS – TODAY’S VIEWS

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The Blaskets, a group of Islands off the coast of the west end of the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland. Famous for their beauty and their history. On my website there are several photos of the Islands and on Great Blasket, the largest of the Islands, on which there was once a thriving community. See: http://www.helene-brennan.com/c53-photographs-of-the-blasket-islands-

 

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The ruin in the above photo is the schoolhouse from the movie Ryan’s Daughter. See my earlier post about this: https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/time-changes-everything-the-schoolhouse-from-the-ryans-daughter-movie-2/

 

EVEN THE BIRDS LIKE TO PLAY

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On a recent beach walk I came upon these gulls appearing to play a little game on the water.  I was fascinated by their behaviour as I had never noticed anything quite like it before. The water was  fairly calm with occasional gentle waves rising and breaking on the shore. They sat on the water with their backs to the waves waiting for the wave to break, whereupon they flew up in the air and then immediately dropped after the wave had broken and passed on.  They repeated this several times as I watched them.

They could have positioned themselves further back where they would rise and fall gently on the waves, but they seemed to prefer to be at the precise position where the waves broke.

To adopt a more logical view, they may have been intending to catch some little fish in the breaking wave.  That’s what I originally thought they would be doing, but they appeared to be making no attempt to dive into the water.

Either a bad fishing day – no fish, or they really were just playing and enjoying the heatwave at the time.

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WEST KERRY SUNSETS (4)

More pictures of one of the wonders of the west of Ireland.  These photos were taken on Cosán na nEighe, a coastal walk next to Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Loads more photos of this area on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos

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Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the photos. If you like sunsets please check out my previous posts of West Kerry Sunsets.

Irish Wildflowers – Roadside Wildflowers of the Dingle Peninsula

It’s that time of year again, when the roadsides are swelling with blossoms of the wild flowers. I first posted this in 2013, but it’s still relevant, so I thought I should reblog it. I may follow it with some more recent photos.

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“Flaming flowers brightly blaze….” (Don McLean on Vincent Van Gogh).

Indeed the wildflowers of the Dingle Peninsula are brightly blazing at this time of the year, and have not been created by any artist other than nature, admittedly with a little help from the humans who have introduced many non-indiginous species such as the highly invasive montbretia. Nonetheless, I just love the fantastic swathes of colour they create along the roadsides in the rural areas.

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July and August are the best months for these wonderful exhibitions of nature’s art, offering a joyous and thrilling experience for any tourist or local person driving, cycling or walking along the roads. For the driver, the challenge is finding a parking space to leave the car on these narrow roads, in order to get out and walk or take photos of these spectacular and colourful exhibits.

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Sadly, there are many people who have either…

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