THE BLASKET ISLANDS – TODAY’S VIEWS
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-
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/
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.
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:
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.
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.
From Clogher Beach, with The Sleeping Giant (Inis Tuaisceart) in the background
Near Clogher Beach, on the Cuas na nEighe path.
Blasket Islands from Béal Átha, Dún Chaoin.
From Clogher Beach
From Inch Beach.
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:
Also, for more stormy weather seascapes take a look at this earlier blog post:
Latest photos of Ballyheigue Beach.
View of Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head from the slip descending to the pier.
Below is a photo of Inis Tuaisceart.
Inis Tuaisceart, AKA The Sleeping Giant, one of the Blasket Island Group, above.
The Blasket Islands from Ballyickeen Commons, Dunquin.
Great Blasket Island.
Blasket Islands, from Ballyickeen.
The Tiaracht, one of the Blasket Island Group.
The Blasket Islands from The Clasach, Dunquin.
The links below will take you to my previous posts about the Blasket Islands.
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 1)
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 2)
Great Blasket Island, Part 3
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More Blasket Islands photos on my website: