Occasionally, I pass through the port town of Foynes, County Limerick, on the west coast of Ireland. I’m usually in a hurry through, with a long journey to complete and don’t have time to stop. I always think to myself that this looks such an interesting place and I would like to explore and capture the views and interesting buildings. However I managed to grab a few shots on a couple of these journeys. Good light was fleeting, and time was short, but here are some of the images I caught.
Foynes is on the Shannon Estuary, and is the second biggest port in Ireland. It has a very interesting maritime and aviation history, and there is a Flying Boat and Maritime Museum there, which regrettably, I haven’t managed to see yet.
Probably the most interesting thing about Foynes is its Flying Boat history. The flying boats were operational from about 1937 up until 1942, when nearby Shannon Airport was opened, and there was no longer a need for flying boats there. You can read more about Foynes’ Flying Boat history on this website: https://www.historyireland.com/troubles-in-ni/ni-1920-present/the-flying-boats-of-foynes/
My main interest is to create beautiful and interesting images, so even the above industrial scene has beauty when the warm glow of the late afternoon sun lights up these structures and the deep blue of the Shannon Estuarial waters are contrasted against them.
The two shots above show Foynes Island
Foynes railway station, above, now unused – usual story.
I remain hopeful that I will get some more photos of this interesting looking town, some day when I’m not passing through in a hurry.
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Here is Ventry Beach, one of my several local beaches.
Some of these photos were taken in the summer, and some in September. I find it hard to keep on top of publishing my recent pics.
Ventry Beach is a few miles from Dingle town, on the Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland. I have many more photos of the Dingle Peninsula on my website:
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Following on my earlier post ‘Symphony on sea atlantic movement‘ The following photos were taken the day after Storm Lorenzo last week. I stayed indoors on the day, following the general advice, and it was actually a bit of a non event in this area, not at all as bad as expected. When I went out the next day there was still a respectable amount of turbulence on the water, which I attempted to capture in my photos. I look for movement with pattern, colour and tonal contrasts.
Stone piles, sand castles and other beach creations.
Often while beach walking, I come across the remnants of a day’s fun on the beach. The children (or adults, in some cases) have gone home, leaving their creations for the tide and the wind. I enjoy imagining the fun that was had in these acts of creativity.
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A few evening shots while walking on Murioch Beach, Dingle Peninsula:
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The following photos were taken on a recent trip to the Blasket Islands. Here, I am showing the shots taken when leaving Dingle Harbour before reaching the islands. Island photos to follow later.
The wash from the boat made interesting patterns in the morning light. The town of Dingle sits on the shoreline.
The above small tower is known as Hussey’s Folly. Built in the late 1840s during the years of the famine, for the purpose of providing famine relief employment.
Dingle lighthouse, above and below.
The cliffs around this coast have beautiful and colourful rock formations.
The tower above is Eask Tower, pointing the way into Dingle Harbour, the building of which also provided famine relief employment in the 1840s .
Dunmore Head above.
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An afternoon walk on Ventry Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland.
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