I don’t use a drone but when I travel by air I love to take photos. I know the quality will not be perfect through a window covered in scratches, glare and fingerprints, but if you can get over that and accept it as part of the fun of it, and even part of the art in it, then the images can be really worthwhile, I feel.
Some images I capture are just clouds and light, and some are images of the mountains, lakes and seas below. Sometimes the cityscapes can be really pretty, especially at night.
Unfortunately, I often don’t know over which country I’m passing, so I can’t label all my pics as accurately as I would like. There was a time when the pilot used to inform passengers periodically of the countries or mountain ranges below, but I haven’t experienced that for many years.
So here’s a selection of my skyscapes. If anyone can give me more accurate names of the places shown I would be delighted, thank you.
A golden morning, leaving Dublin, with the sunlight casting a golden glow on the engine and wing tip, above.
The photos above were over southern Europe Greece and Turkey. I think all the next ones were over Cyprus.
Approaching Paphos, Cyprus, above.
Approaching Larnaca, Cyprus
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Cyprus is an archaeologist’s paradise. Layer upon layer of historical architectural ruins lie all over the place, and especially here in the Archaeological Park in Paphos. History has not always been kind to earlier civilisations, with foreign invasions and earthquakes destroying many wonderful buildings and works of art.
Some of the ruins here are as old as 2000 years or more, and some date to medieval times.
Here are several photos of these ruins, which include four roman palaces (with some well preserved mosaic floors), castles and amphitheatres.
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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.
Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, in Paphos
Cyprus is an archaeologist’s paradise. There are several ancient sites, all over the country and several of them are in Paphos where I stayed, and excavations are ongoing.
Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in Kato Paphos is a very interesting site where over the centuries from the 4th century until the 16th century, a number of buildings of Christian worship were created and destroyed. The exact history seems very complicated, and involved Arab invasion and Earthquakes, building, destruction and rebuilding many times.
The existing church is used for worship in recent times. I didn’t think it was open while I was there, but I understand that it is beautiful inside. Worth a look judging by the photos I have seen.
Here are several photos of the current building and the ancient ruins that surround it.
Below is a photo of an information notice at the site. If you click on it you will get a sharper, more readable version.
The ancient sites of Cyprus are particularly noted for their splendid mosaics, some of which you can see below.
There are raised walkways around the site, offering great views of the mosaics and other remains, without damage to the antiquities.
St Paul and St Barnabas are believed to have visited this place to spread Christianity in 45 AD, and it is believed that St Paul was tied to a pillar by the Roman soldiers and whipped 39 times, before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus was converted to Christianity. The photo above shows the pillar marked with a red arrow.
Thanks so much for viewing my post. If you would like to see more of Cyprus, I have made a number of other posts on Cyprus. See the links below, and watch out for more to come.
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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?
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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:
Now and again I revisit this offering of nature, take photos and with only simple editing, reveal the wonderful delicacy and dreamlike images of these patterns in the sand created by the retreating tide. Nuff said. Please enjoy the images.
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