WEST KERRY SUNSETS (2)

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Blasket Islands

 

 

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Emlagh, Ballyferriter

 

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Emlagh, Ballyferriter

 

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Mid-summer sunset at Ceann Seatha

 

 

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Ventry Beach

 

 

Lots more photos from the Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry, on my website:

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

SPECTACULAR SUNSET, DINGLE PENINSULA.

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Last night, I happened to suddenly look up from my task on the computer and saw a spectacularly red sky. Naturally, I grabbed my camera and ran out to capture some of  this amazing event. After hurriedly capturing about 20 images – or so I thought – I discovered to my great annoyance and disappointment that I had forgotten to return the memory card to the camera, and not one image had been recorded. So, I raced back to get the card and out again to catch something before this marvellous phenomenon disappeared altogether. Of course I missed the best of it, but in spite of my rush I managed to get several images that give some flavour of the brilliance of the colour of the sky.

The location is Ballyferriter, DIngle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. The rocky ridge of Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal) is visible on the skyline.

No edits were made to the colours, just minor changes using levels.

Please visit my website http://helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos for more photos of the Dingle Peninsula

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WILD FLOWERS AND RAINBOWS

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Rainbow and Wild Flowers on the road to Ballyferriter from Dingle.

Hi there! It’s been some time since you last saw me here. I just took a break from blogging and some other online activities due to constraints related to moving house. Very limited electricity and internet service made it just too challenging to continue blogging. The house move still isn’t complete, the internet is still basic and slow, but I have electricity. I hope it won’t take more than a few more months to complete the process.

Of course I have continued to take photos, though my painting is on the back burner. After several months spent in the lovely location of Ballyheigue, I have moved back to the Dingle Peninsula. It’s surely one of the most stunning places in the world. In fact, National Geographic Traveler has described the Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”. I agree.

Weather is never predictable here, and very often it’s the weather that makes the image. Looking at many of my photos and paintings you will see that light, shadows, clouds, rough seas and rainbows are essential features in the compositions.

This summer has seen some of the coldest and the wettest weather in about 30 years here. However, the old saying that every cloud has a silver lining can perhaps be applied, as frequent showery and sunny spells have also brought the most lovely rainbows.

The above photo shows one of those fleeting rainbows that suddenly appear, the road to Ballyferriter from Dingle, with the iconic Three Sisters in the distance and stunning wild flowers in the field and by the roadside.

Please take time to view Dingle Peninsula photos on my website http://helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos

Thank you for looking at my blog.

Back to the Beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

This is a selection of beach views . The photos shown here were taken on different days, at different times of the year. Most of them just happen to have been taken at high spring tides, but I can assure you that the beaches are very sandy at other times.

If you click on these photos individually you will see a much sharper image.

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Viewing Ballydavid Head from Béal Bán on a sunny evening with a high spring tide.

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Mount Brandon with a little cloud cover and Ballydavid Head, viewed across a high spring tide.

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On a crisp winter’s day, Mount Brandon is seen here covered in snow.

Like many other beaches in the area it has magnificent views. Mount Brandon, next to Ballydavid head, and on the other side the rear view of the three sisters, aptly frame the scene at each side of the beach.  No monotonous straight horizon line here, the picturesque forms of its beautiful geographical features provide ample relief from this possibility.

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The Three Sisters are seen to the left of the view from the beach

The water here forms particularly regular long uniform waves. Sometimes perfect for surfers, but often unchallenging for the more experienced. To the observer these virtually straight lines of surf which appear to form on top of each other can seem incongruous with one’s expectations of the Atlantic Ocean.

The breaking waves appear larger in the distance, completely contradicting one’s experience of perspective, and as they come closer to the beach, they collapse down, while the next waves breaks on top,  appearing larger and larger; becoming smaller and smaller as they drop down.

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A young couple play hurling at Couminole Beach.

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Ventry Beach

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The lovely Trá Bán (White Strand) on Great Blasket Island, also showing the ruins of deserted houses. More Blasket Island photos on: http://www.helene-brennan.com/c53-blasket-islands-photographs

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The builders have gone home after their day’s work, leaving their creations to the tide

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Creative efforts, now left for the course of nature.

Mount Brandon, the highest mountain on the Dingle Peninsula, often seen with its peak shrouded in  cloud,  is on this day shyly hiding behind a delicate transparent mantle, showing only faint,  tantalising glimpses of its lovely contours as rhythms of light sneak through the thin stretch of cloud.

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Dún an Óir. This is a truly beautiful place, and must be experienced.

This beautiful area, at Dún an Óir is overshadowed by a rather dark history. In November 1580, there was a massacre of several hundred Italian and Spanish Papal troops who landed here to aid an Irish rebellion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Smerwick

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Commemorative monument at Dún an Óir

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Beach offerings. Fresh seaweed has a beauty to be appreciated.

PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE DINGLE PENINSULA PHOTOS:

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