These were not gigantic waves, just ordinary everyday waves on the Atlantic Ocean, West Kerry, but I zoomed in close to them to capture the individual character of each one or group. Many were taken from the same spot, and the others were from very nearby, in the Ballinrannig area of Ballyferriter, near Dingle, in the South West of Ireland.
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Evening photos on my local beach, Béal Bán, Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland.
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A new one, oil on canvas 31 x 23.5 inches
The place of inspiration, (though not much of the place may be obvious from this painting), is near Clogher Beach, viewed across the beach inlet from the walk known as Cosán na nEighe, towards Cuas na nEighe. Several of my recent paintings have been inspired by this often turbulent scene, with the very wild and stormy Atlantic Ocean and the rocky coastline at this spot.
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Just a few more sunset shots from just outside my house – again!
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On a recent beach walk I came upon these gulls appearing to play a little game on the water. I was fascinated by their behaviour as I had never noticed anything quite like it before. The water was fairly calm with occasional gentle waves rising and breaking on the shore. They sat on the water with their backs to the waves waiting for the wave to break, whereupon they flew up in the air and then immediately dropped after the wave had broken and passed on. They repeated this several times as I watched them.
They could have positioned themselves further back where they would rise and fall gently on the waves, but they seemed to prefer to be at the precise position where the waves broke.
To adopt a more logical view, they may have been intending to catch some little fish in the breaking wave. That’s what I originally thought they would be doing, but they appeared to be making no attempt to dive into the water.
Either a bad fishing day – no fish, or they really were just playing and enjoying the heatwave at the time.
More pictures of one of the wonders of the west of Ireland. These photos were taken on Cosán na nEighe, a coastal walk next to Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Loads more photos of this area on my website:
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View of Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head from the slip descending to the pier.
Below is a photo of Inis Tuaisceart.
Inis Tuaisceart, AKA The Sleeping Giant, one of the Blasket Island Group, above.
The Blasket Islands from Ballyickeen Commons, Dunquin.
Great Blasket Island.
Blasket Islands, from Ballyickeen.
The Tiaracht, one of the Blasket Island Group.
The Blasket Islands from The Clasach, Dunquin.
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Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 1)
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 2)
Great Blasket Island, Part 3
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