CYPRUS – Paphos Coast

I have just discovered this post I drafted some time ago, but for some reason I never published it. I guess I had intended to improve it in some way, or add some more photos. So now I think I might as well publish it – finally. These photos were taken a few years ago in the Paphos area of Cyprus, where I have enjoyed a few trips in recent years.

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“Sol Alter” above, a sculpture by Yiota Ioannidou, next to the castle at Paphos Harbour. One of several sculptures along this coast which were commissioned in 2017 when Paphos was European City of Culture.

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The Lighthouse, in the grounds of the Paphos Archaeological Park

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I usually visit Cyprus in the winter, when the weather can be unpredictable, but still better than in the South West of Ireland!

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Paphos Castle next to Paphos harbour. It was originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour. It was destroyed in the earthquake of 1222 and later rebuilt by the Lusignans in the thirteenth century. In 1570 the Venetians destroyed it, and later it was again restored by the Ottomans. Now a tourist attraction and used as a backdrop for festivals and events.

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The harbour has some unusual looking boats, mainly for tourist trips.

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Tourists gather below at sunset beside the Castle at Paphos Harbour to take photos.

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“Red Poppy” sculpture by Andreas Paraskevas, also commissioned for the European Capital of Culture in 2017, when Paphos had the title.

I have also made several other posts on Cyprus

PAPHOS ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK

TOMBS OF THE KINGS, PAPHOS, CYPRUS

CYPRUS – Agia-Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa

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

CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

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Thanks for your visit. Do take a look at my website where I many photos from Cyprus available for purchase

PAINTINGS

Recently finished oil paintings, 70 x 50 cms. – But are they finished? I have a habit of never being satisfied and going back again and again. Some of these paintings have been on the go since last year.

The painting above was inspired by the movement of the water towards Feothanach Beach, Ballydavid, Dingle Peninsula.

Very nearby, a different view of the Three Sisters from above Dooneen Pier, with some typical Atlantic weather.

Rathinane Castle, Ventry, Dingle Peninsula.

The warm light of the setting sun on the trees in my back garden.

Thanks for visiting. More paintings of Dingle Peninsula on my website.

EVENING AT CLOGHER HEAD

 

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Evening photos on Clogher Head (in Irish – Ceann Sraithe, Sratha, Sreatha, spellings differ). I drove over there one evening to catch the warm light on this most scenic of places on the Dingle Peninsula. My collection includes several photos from this spot, but I like to keep updating, even though I may have taken better photos there on previous occasions.

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The Blasket Islands can be seen from here, looking splendid in the warm glow of the setting sun.

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Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal) appears at its most majestic from this viewing point.  There is something about this headland that I find quite compelling and magnetic, that I also find very difficult to capture in photos. I will go back again – and again – to try to get that quality that eludes me. I may also tell you a little story about this headland… later.

I have already mentioned on a number of occasions that the top of this headland was a film location for a Star Wars movie a few years ago.  At that time a telescope was placed at Clogher Head so that people could look over at the activities on the film set.

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Clogher Beach, The Three Sisters and Ballydavid Head, above

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To the right of Ballydavid Head is Mount Brandon, zoomed a little closer, above.

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An ancient standing stone, above and below. I would prefer not to have it exactly in the centre of the composition but the ground was so wet I couldn’t stand where I needed to. I was also in a bit of a hurry because I arrived on the scene a little too late and the sun was going down very fast.

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A slightly better composition was possible with my mobile phone, above.

 

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The sun was obviously setting behind these rocks below, as this couple appeared to be enjoying the spectacle.

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I hope you enjoyed the evening at Clogher Head. Thanks for looking. More Dingle Peninsula photos on this link:

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

2020 – A POTTED PERSONAL REVIEW IN PHOTOS

2020 for me started in the beautiful state of Mizoram, in North East India, where I spent Christmas and New Year. Here is the city of Aizawl, built on mountain peaks, and with wonderful sunsets.

Back home to the Dingle Penninsula, in the South West of Ireland, to enjoy, endure, survive the winter storms and the powerful, magnetic and awe inspiring Atlantic Ocean.

And experience the beautiful beach walks!

But….who could have thought…the dreadful Covid-19 came along and threw us all sideways – or worse, in some cases.

I had planned a trip to Italy in March, but had to cancel. Social life was on hold for most people.

Luckily, I was still able to walk and capture the beautiful coastal images – for a while longer, before restrictions became stricter.

More time to study the birds in my garden, through the window.

As a little experiment I recorded myself playing flute with the bird song in the garden. If the image looks upside down to you, it will correct itself when you click it.

Local sunset, below.

Lockdown to a greater or lesser extend affected all of us, world over. Our individual experience of the world became very small, as we were obliged to reduce our social contacts and curtail travel. Many shops and pubs were closed. My regular trad Irish music sessions in local pubs, where I joined in with my flute were cancelled, indefinitely!

For a time my photography focused on my immediate area, and the garden. These sunsets from around the house and very local area take on a caged appearance, as indeed we were caged, all of us, in some measure.

I am very lucky that the local area has many beautiful places for walking. beaches were closed for some weeks, but cliff walks were possible.

My birthday celebration was a cliff walk, with friends. It was lovely.

Much garden navel gazing was undertaken. I never took so many photos of flowers and garden creatures before.

I never before appreciated how beautiful apple blossom can be.

Wildflowers became objects of scrutiny and much enjoyment too.

So many bees in the garden!

– And I discovered just how photogenic the humble daisies can be.

Thistles too!

I am so thankful for my good luck in being able to take many coastal walks.

Seaside and flowers together here. Lovely sea pinks make a wonderful show in early summer.

Beaches finally opened again, in June, I think. It’s all a bit blurred in my memory now, as Covid-19 figures rose and fell and lockdowns went in and out of different levels of severity.

Tourists returned in full force to the Dingle area in the summer, much to the relief of those whose livlihoods depend on tourism.

Sunsets around my area continue to fascinate, less cage-like with the summer foliage.

Lovely coastal and mountain walks. These photos were from different sides of Mount Brandon.

I updated my photos of Dingle Harbour, and took several shots around the town of Dingle.

The swallows raised two families in my shed. These first day out fledgling swallows only had a couple of weeks to grow strong before their long flight to South Africa. I wonder if they made it.

Some apple trees did bear fruit, though hundreds of babies were blown off the trees in summer storms before they were ready to eat. This is the entire harvest from several young trees.

Exploring beyond my own area, as easing of Covid restrictions permitted, I visited Killarney, South Kerry, West Cork and more.

The Gap of Dunloe, near Killarney.

On Cape Clear Island, above, off the coast of West Cork.

The small mainland harbour, Baltimore, County Cork, below.

Back on local Ventry Beach, below.

In October, a cruel hand was served on Dingle. After a several months of Covid-19 related hardships, Fungie, the globally famous Dingle Dolphin disappeared, without trace. Fungie, a wild dolphin has lived in Dingle Harbour of his own free will for 37 years. He was probably about 45 years old. Missed by many, whether they made a fortune running Fungie tourist trips, or whether they were just people who loved to see and play with the dolphin. For sure, Dingle will be a different place without him. This was a major event here. It’s not easy to explain how this wild, free dolphin touched the hearts of Dingle people and many visitors from around the world.

I have no photos of Fungie, preferring to leave that to the Fungiephiles who had developed considerable expertise. Here is a video from Jeannine Masset and Rudi Schamhardt.

More local captures below.

Fungie is gone, but the Dingle Peninsula remains the same beautiful place.

An autumn forest walk, above, in Glanteenassig Wood, on the Dingle Peninsula.

December shots from Mount Eagle, below.

The Blasket Islands, above.


Snow on Mount Brandon, shot from the garden, heralding the coming of Christmas 2020

On Christmas Day on a local Ballyferriter beach, Béal Bán, some brave swimmers rushed into the cold water, with an air temperature of about 8 degrees C. I did not partake, I prefer to stick to the heated pool these days. But it was fun to be there and support them.

Recent Storm Bella, seemed to last for about three days.

I completed a number of paintings this year, and failed to complete several more – so far. I’ve dicovered that I can be more motivated in that field when I have more activity in general in my life. The slower pace of things this year seemed to diminish my motivation in the more demanding creative side.

Now we are in a 3rd wave of the Corona Virus, with a new more transmissable variant of the virus in the country. In fact a case was discovered in Dingle recently. We have a high level lockdown again, going even stricter after today, but vaccines have arrived in the country; I for one will not hesitate to take advantage when it’s my turn.

So now 2021 approaches. May you all be lucky enough to only have contact with those people who are honest, compassionate and kind, who treat you as they would wish to be treated, and I wish the best of health and happiness to you all. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

MURIOCH SUNSET

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Another evening walk on Murioch Beach. The sky was somewhat featureless, no clouds, and the tide was a bit far out. I didn’t expect to get anything better or even as good as previously. I have shown photos from an evening walk here in previous posts, like this:

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/evening-beach-walk/

But as the sun dropped low and the colour changed I got a few images that I thought were worth capturing.

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For those Star Wars fans out there, the rocky ridged hill on the right of the picture above is Sybil Head, (Ceann Sibéal), on which the Star Wars set was located for the entire summer of 2016, during the making of The Last Jedi. Some filming was also shot on Malin Head in Donegal that same year (up north), and one or two other locations. But Star Wars was not new to Kerry that year. The Force Awakens was filmed on Skellig Michael the previous summer, in South Kerry.

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More photos of Murioch (Murreagh) Beach on my website:

https://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/murioch

Do pay a visit.

Thanks for viewing my post. Stay well.

EVENING LIGHT, AT HOME

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Not everything is life goes according to plan. I should be in Italy today, but circumstances got in the way. I was expecting to be basking in hot springs and hopefully warm sunshine, but no. However I really can’t complain. The sun is actually shining here. At sunset yesterday, I saw this lovely pink light on slightly snow topped Mount Brandon, through the trees in my back garden. Two months of storms have ensured a clearer view than usual through the trees and hedges – compensation for the loss of the shelter that is really so important in the garden when you live here.

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Moving around to the front, facing west, I captured yet another sunset from this viewpont (below). But every one looks different.

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In this part of the world, the gorse blooms a little all year round.

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There’s no doubt that it’s winter – looking at these bare willow and reed stalks in this wetland area. But again – my view is better in winter.

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Evening light offers lovely possibilities, and I often take advantage when the opportunity arises. I have many evening photos from several different countries, and you can see them on this link:

https://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/evening+light

Thank you for visiting.

SILVER ATLANTIC

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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Photos and paintings of The Wild Atlantic on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/wild+atlantic+way

OCTOBER EVENING

Evening photos on my local beach, Béal Bán, Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland.

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Thank you for looking at my photos. I have many more photos of the Dingle Peninsula on my website:

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