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.
These photos were taken on Clogher Beach, on the west end of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. This is our most popular spot in West Kerry for capturing big bold crashing atlantic waves. Yesterday I took a trip there and took several photos, as one does. How grateful I am that we no longer have to use film that one has to use sparingly for fear of waste and cost. So here are a few of those photos.
The island in some of these photos is Inis Tuaisceart, also known as The Sleeping Giant, or The Dead Man (An Fear Marbh). It is one of the group of Islands known as the Blasket Islands.
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We are getting the usual kind of showery weather here, and it’s a bit of a challenge to sneak a few photos between the showers while also avoiding getting myself and my camera wet. But here are a few attempts I made in the Ballyferriter area of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
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A change of subject matter. At the end of the trad Irish session in a pub ….. Needs no more explanation.
These are photos from a walk in the forest in the Glen of Imaal, which is somewhat lesser known than the famous Glendalough, but also very lovely and less crowded. It was late afternoon, on a sunny day with cloud shadows and the light was warm in colour, becoming more so as the sun slid down in the sky.
One cloudy evening on my local beach in Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula, the tide was high and the water was calm, with no swell or breaking waves and the remnants of light in the sky cast a silvery light on the gently moving Atlantic Ocean.
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Evening photos on my local beach, Béal Bán, Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland.
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