This is at Dingle Harbour, on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.
Yes, I have taken many photos and painted pictures of sunsets, many of which are previously posted in my blog and also on my website: http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/sunset. But it’s so very hard to resist, when you see from your window the red-golden tree tops in the garden, and you know this is a special one – again. These special sunsets don’t happen often, but they happen a number of times in the year.
It isn’t always convenient to be out taking photos at these ‘special’ times. Last night, for instance I had just returned from a strenuous row on the sea, and wanted nothing more than to sit and relax. I tried to ignore the reddening of the sky outside, but eventually I had to just run outside before the colours disappeared. As usual in these situations, I just grabbed the images, no time for the tripod or anything like that.
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It’s not often that I get across to the east coast of this country nowadays, but I recently made a short visit to Courtown, in County Wexford. The weather wasn’t great, the sunshine was scarce and the light was dull, but I grabbed a few opportunities to capture some images
It must be said that Courtown once had the most perfect beach in the world – with a marvellous expanse of dry, soft, clean, golden sand. The water depth was perfect and safe for swimming. Admittedly, it didn’t have the fabulous scenery of the Kerry beaches, with which I am now very familiar, but the quality of the beach itself was second to none. Sunshine was always more plentiful in that part of the country too. I have no photos of what it was like before – but OMG – look what is is now!
It’s an understatement to say that erosion has taken its toll. Tons of boulders have been deposited to ‘protect’ the coastline. Time has shown once again that nothing stays the same.
It’s good to see that there are still some gaps in the mountains of boulders, where families can enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
The opening of woodland trails do compensate in part for the loss of so much beach
But alas, the woodland was not safe either from the ferocious storms of last winter.
Graffiti on this storm felled tree on the beach echoes my thoughts about transience and change, although I could not read the full sentence that once was there.
The last rays of sun creep up along the RNLI boathouse
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Yes there are so many benefits that I enjoy and appreciate about living on the wonderful Dingle Peninsula. I love the helpful friendly people, country roads, amazing beaches, glorious sunsets, magnificent walks, clean air, space, big garden, little shops and big ones……………..
My only complaint is my lack of decent Broadband. It would be nice to be able to view more blogs and like them etc., but some days it’s just too slow to view others’ blogs, especially those with image content.
But thankfully, today I have managed do do this post and upload a few photos, I hope you will enjoy them.
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This post was updated in November 2017.
I have previously written about the film Ryan’s Daughter, which was largely shot on the Dingle Peninsula, and how it brought the beauty of the place to the attention of the world and stimulated the tourism industry in the area.
Not only tourism was stimulated, several other movies followed, which were also partly shot in County Kerry. Here is a list of some movies shot in Kerry since Ryan’s Daughter:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015
The Field (1990)
Far and Away (1992)
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (2009)
The most recent Star Wars movie – The Last Jedi was partly shot on Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal) on the stunning Dingle Peninsula.
Sybil Head, is a majestically beautiful place, having a commanding, yet magical presence, adjacent to a collection of other stunning iconic landmarks to be seen from the roadside of the famous Slea Head Drive from Dingle.
Sybil Head in a Storm oil pastels, above.
Sybil Head from Cruach Mharhain above.
The Force Awakens was partly shot at Skellig Michael, a World Heritage site, off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry, amid much controversy regarding the damage they may do to the ecology and the antiquities on the island.
The Skellig Rocks are two rather spectacular looking tall craggy rocks rising up from the Wild Atlantic Ocean; there is also a third but smaller rock known as The Lemon. Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, 714 feet tall, is an ancient monastic site where in the sixth to eighth centuries AD, a community of monks built their monastery – a number of beehive shaped stone dwellings and oratories, and lived their lives there, in considerable hardship and isolation 12 miles from the mainland of Ireland.
Skellig Rocks, oil on canvas, above.
I have a number of paintings and photos of these famous and spectacular landmarks. Please click the images to see more information about any of them
To help you locate these peninsulas: The south west of Ireland has three magnificently beautiful peninsulas. Two of them are in County Kerry – the Dingle Peninsula, and the Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry), going south, and the most southerly one is in County Cork – the Beara Peninsula (West Cork).
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