AERIAL PHOTOS

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I don’t use a drone but when I travel by air I love to take photos. I know the quality will not be perfect through a window covered in scratches, glare and fingerprints, but if you can get over that and accept it as part of the fun of it, and even part of the art in it, then the images can be really worthwhile, I feel.

Some images I capture are just clouds and light, and some are images of the mountains, lakes and seas below. Sometimes the cityscapes can be really pretty, especially at night.

Unfortunately, I often don’t know over which country I’m passing, so I can’t label all my pics as accurately as I would like. There was a time when the pilot used to inform passengers periodically of the countries or mountain ranges below, but I haven’t experienced that for many years.

So here’s a selection of my skyscapes. If anyone can give me more accurate names of the places shown I would be delighted, thank you.

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A golden morning, leaving Dublin, with the sunlight casting a golden glow on the  engine and wing tip, above.

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The photos above were over southern Europe Greece and Turkey. I think all the next ones were over Cyprus.

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Approaching Paphos, Cyprus, above.

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Approaching Larnaca, Cyprus

Thanks for looking.

On my website I have a category on aerial images. Please check it out. Here is the link.

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c22-aerial-images

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CROAGH PATRICK – For St. Patrick’s Day

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This is my pastel picture of Croagh Patrick, locally known as The Reek. This was a December view, as the sun set early, and cast a red light over the mountain.

It’s an important landmark that dominates the landscape around the Westport area in County Mayo, in the Republic of Ireland.

According to legend, St. Patrick fasted for 40 days on the summit of this mountain, where there is now a chapel built. Every year, about a million people climb this mountain, and 25,000 of them climb on Reek Sunday, (last Sunday in July) many barefoot, performing various rituals.

I climbed it once, not for religious reasons, but it’s a challenging walk, and really worth the effort, as the view from the top over Clew Bay is amazing.

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

 

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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SEASCAPES

It finally happened! A burst of creativity recently overcame me and I have produced several new oil paintings. Here they are. Some of them might be subject to some small changes, or I may just leave them be. I’ll think about it.

Average size 27 x 21 inches.

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From Clogher Beach, with The Sleeping Giant (Inis Tuaisceart) in the background
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Near Clogher Beach, on the Cuas na nEighe path.

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From Clogher Beach

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From Inch Beach.

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From Clogher Beach, with view of Sleeping Giant.

I was once accused of painting too many sea pictures – but I live on a peninsula. One can’t avoid being seduced by the wonderful power of the ocean and it’s ever changing colours, movement and moods. If seascapes are your thing, please take a look this tag on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/seascape+paintings

Also, for more stormy weather seascapes take a look at this earlier blog post:

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/stormy-weather-in-kerry/

 

 

NATURE’S ART

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Now and again I revisit this offering of nature, take photos and with only simple editing, reveal the wonderful delicacy and dreamlike images of these patterns in the sand created by the retreating tide. Nuff said. Please enjoy the images.

 

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For more of these images, please visit my sand paintings page on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c105-sand-paintings–photos-

 

 

 


 

BERLIN 4, Some More of the Arty, Creative and Unusual.

 

Berlin is awash with all sorts of creativity. These photos show just a few of the images I captured in my opportunist moments as a tourist. I have little or no information about some of them, but they caught my attention.

Below is a sculptural installation Rolling Horse on the northern terrace of  the amazing Central Station.  It  was designed by the German sculptor Jürgen Goertz.

 

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The Oberbaum Bridge, above. It’s a double deck bridge that links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and it has become an important symbol of Berlin’s unity. The photo below shows a train passing over the bridge. It’s 124 meters long. I have read that the design of the bridge has been credited to Santiago Calatrava and opened in 1896.  But Santiago Calatrava wasn’t born until 1951 – so I’m confused about that!

 

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Above and below are two examples of several murals along Schloss Strasse, depicting events of history  – on the way up to Charlottenburg Palace.

 

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Below, the top of the Brandenburg Gate, as a more modern type of air transport passes above.

 

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I couldn’t let this colourful car pass without grabbing a shot. As for the one below – more fun than art, but I had to capture it.  Several of them passed by, with grown up drivers.

 

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Below are photos of chance discoveries as I explored the city.

 

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Music by the River Spree, above.

 

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Graffiti,  by the River Spree. There is a lot of graffiti in Berlin, some of it interesting and artful, but much of it is defacing other art objects, as in other examples shown in this post, above and below.

 

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This one above and one below are examples of murals on the old Berlin Wall, or “The East Side Gallery”, as I have described in my first Berlin post.

 

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This one above appeared to be inviting people to make their own mark.

 

 

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Bubbles in Berlin, above; a little fun by the Brandenburg Gate.

 

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I really wanted to go up in this balloon, which would have given wonderful views of the city, but after queuing up for some time I was to be disappointed – out of service for some reason!

I have several more photos, this is just a small section of them. I hope you have enjoyed looking at them.

Please visit my website. http://www.helene-brennan.com/c860-germany