WAY BACK WHEN……….in Morocco

I actually prepared this post about a year ago, and I really thought I had posted it. But I have just discovered it in draft form now, so finally here it is:

Recently I was looking through some old pre-digital photos, I was concerned to see how they were deteriorating, particularly those which I kept in those typical photo albums with a cellophane type of covering over the photos. So I set about trying to scan these prints – or at least most of them.  I had previously used a gadget for scanning the negatives but found it fiddly and it produced distorted colours, and scanning several prints at a time on my A3 scanner was so much quicker.

After scanning I then made some necessary restoration to the colours and intensity of the images. Of course they don’t compare well with the quality of photos made with modern digital cameras, many are a bit grainy or noisy, but in a way I quite like the aged appearance of them and I feel they are relevant in terms of representing a place in time, and important to preserve them before they are beyond redemption.

Starting with Morocco…

Untitled-5

In 1988 I made a trip to Morocco where I trekked with a group in the High Atlas Mountains, the high point of which was an ascent of Mount Toubkal. At 4,000 Meters I believe it is the highest mountain in North Africa. Not high compared with other more famous mountains, but fairly challenging.

The trek took us through many small Berber villages, the names of which are largely forgotten now. The friendly Berber people there were were mostly living in quite modest and poor conditions at that time, and tourism was really only just developing in the area. We overnighted in basic conditions in some of these villages although in one or two places we didn’t even have access to any sort of a toilet, and finding a private place for the necessary personal daily deeds was subject to being followed by local people – mostly women and children who were clearly highly amused!

Village in High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

A Berber village on the mountainside, typically coming down in steps, and with its terraced farmland below.

 

Berber Villages in the Hight Atlas Mountains

 

Untitled-18

 

Untitled-23

 

Untitled-17

The main problem with looking back at these images is that I have forgotten the names of the villages, I may insert some more information if I can later.

Untitled-11

 

Untitled-22

I believe the village above is called Ouanesekra

Untitled-6

 

scan 168

Ascending Mount Toubkal. Large areas were quite snowy.

scan 180

 

scan 175

 

scan 176

From summit of Mount Toubkal, above.

scan 177 group at top toubkal

At the summit of Mount Toubkal. As I am in the photo, I obviously didn’t take it, and I really can’t remember who did, but I’m sure they won’t mind me showing it.

More of my photos of Morocco can be seen on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c38-photos-of-morocco

Also several paintings of Morocco on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c37-paintings-of-morocco

Thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

This was December 2018 in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. A beautiful area getting away from the popular coastal areas. I would expect this to be very popular during the hot summers, and it is noticeably much cooler up here at any time. Indeed, they have a skiing resort here, but there wasn’t much snow about when I was there – just a sprinkling at the top.

Apart from the stunning scenery, It was quite wonderful to smell the aroma of the pine trees. It made me want to breathe more deeply. It seemed more intensely perfumed than anything I experienced before.

dsc_6831

 

 

dsc_6835-

 

dsc_6834

 

dsc_6833-

 

dsc_6832

 

dsc_6826

 

 

dsc_6818

 

 

dsc_6816-

Up in the clouds on Mount Olympus. There was a smattering of snow here.

dsc_6815

 

dsc_6814

 

dsc_6811-

 

dsc_6810

 

dsc_6797

 

dsc_6793

 

dsc_6790

 

dsc_6789

 

dsc_6786

 

dsc_6778

 

troodos landscape 2 cyprus

 

 

dsc_6769

 

dsc_6767--

 

 

troodos landscape cyprus

Thanks for viewing my photos. Please look out for more Cyprus posts.

Previous Cyprus posts on:

WINTER IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS

TIME AND TIDE – and Flaking Paint (old boat at Latchi)

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT  (Zygi Harbour, Cyprus)

 STAVROVOUNI  (Cyprus)

STAVROVOUNI 2  (CYPRUS)

APPROACHING CYPRUS

Do checkout my website category on Cyprus:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c857-cyprus

STORMY ATLANTIC 0CEAN

dsc_7514-

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.

sunlightonstormywavesatclogher_7617-

 

 

stormyseawithhazysprayatclogher7609

 

 

rollingstormywavesatclogher7629-

 

 

massivewaveatclogher_7642-

 

 

dsc_7633-

 

 

dsc_7673-

 

 

dsc_7628-

 

 

dsc_7573-

 

 

clogherbeachbigwaves_7569

 

 

dsc_7550-

 

 

dsc_7539

 

 

dsc_7562-

 

 

dsc_7668-

 

lightandsprayonstormywavesatclogher_7631

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.

Thank you for viewing my post. If you would like to see more of this area, on my website, you can see several paintings as well as photos of the Clogher Beach area. Please check out this link:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/clogher+beach

Also, Some of my earlier posts featuring Clogher Beach can still be seen:

Clogher Beach

Clogher

More Clogher

 

 

 

 

 

A FEW SHOTS BETWEEN THE SHOWERS

 

dsc_7154

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.

 

dsc_7184

 

dsc_7155

 

dsc_7153

 

dsc_7204

 

dsc_7207

 

rrem

 

rrem

Many more photos of this area can be seen on my Photos of the Dingle Peninsula category on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c25–photos-of-dingle-peninsula

Thank you for visiting.

TIME AND TIDE – and Flaking Paint

This lovely but derelict old boat is dry docked at Latchi, on the western side of Cyprus. Looks like its sailing days are over, but I guess it is photographed by many passers by. Who could resist it, even knowing that there are so many other photos of it out there. I tried to find some information about its history, but couldn’t find anything.  Perhaps someone out there can enlighten me?

dsc_7002

 

dsc_7021

 

dsc_6988

 

dsc_7025

 

dsc_7024

 

dsc_7023

 

dsc_6989

 

dsc_6990

Thank you for looking at my photos of this beautiful boat.

Many more photos of Cyprus are on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c857-cyprus

 

 

 

 

WINTER IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS

The following photos are somewhat randomly presented, but they give the flavour of the frequent shift from warm sunshine to stormy weather in Cyprus in the winter time.