BALLYDAVID COASTAL VIEWS

These photos were taken on different days and at different sections of the coast of the Ballydavid region of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, on the South West of Ireland.

You may already be familiar with the Three Sisters, which can be seen from many parts of this peninsula. They rise up majestically from the side you can see here, but drop down dramatically on the western coast.

Many visitors to the area never get round to seeing this part of the Dingle Peninsula. By the time they’ve done the Slea Head Drive, and in many case taken the short cut back to Dingle town accidentally, they don’t get a chance to walk the cliffs of Ballydavid.

I really enjoy seeing the rocky coastline here.

A chough poses on top of this WW2 lookout post. Not that you can tell that it’s a chough from this photo, but I was watching two of them flying about the area.

It’s hard to resist taking a few shots of the lambs in the field along here. Unfortunately this little one below got loose from the field and couldn’t find a way back in. It refused to be helped, being too scared and timid!

Fishing.

There was a beautiful sky with amazing clouds when I took some of these photos, but unfortunately I only had my mobile phone on that occasion, and was in a bit of a rush. I feel I could have done it more justice with my better camera and more care.

I got carried away trying to get a good image of these cormorants, using my full zoom, as this rock was some distance away. I was pleased the fishing boat turned up – it added a little extra interest to the shot.

More images from the Ballydavid area can be seen on my website here

Thanks for viewing my post. Your visit is always most appreciated. I hope you have all managed to stay well during the past difficult eighteen months.

WILD ATLANTIC CLIFF WALK

Just a few photos from a cliff walk left of Clogher Beach (left when facing the sea), on the Dingle Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I didn’t have my good camera with me, so these are taken with my phone camera mostly just snapped in a hurry. I really hope to go back to this place again soon and take my time with my photos.

There was a lovely shimmer on the water and the colour of the sea was so breathtaking! White foamy trails streamed around the coast.

The sea pinks are looking really splendid at this time of the year.

The path above looks easy going enough, but not all of it was like this. Some parts were very hazardous, and a little slip or trip up could result in a nasty fall down a rock face. It was a little scary and challenging for my rather mature knees and less than perfect balance! The path has been eroded by storms a number of times, falling into the sea, but another path would be created and it would be walkable again for a while.

The views are really beautiful. At the top of this photo you can see Sybil Head, The Three Sisters and Ballydavid Head. That’s Clogher Beach on the right. It was an amazing walk.

There was a lot of these tiny pink wild flowers, which I haven’t yet identified.

It was a round trip involving a road walk which led back to the beach. I didn’t take photos on the road trip.

There are many more images of the Clogher area on my website, paintings and photos.

I hope you enjoyed this little walk. Thanks so much for your visit.

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

BALLYDAVID WALK

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This was a walk along the coast and cliffs from the small village of Ballydavid, just a few km down the coast from my home. Thrift (sea pinks) were in bloom and looking glorious.

 

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Above, looking across to Mount Eagle; the small beach opposite is Wine Strand, which has appeared in many of my posts, from a closer viewpoint across the way.

 

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The small lookout post above was one of 83 that were built during World War 2 around the coast of Ireland and were manned by the Local Defence Force.

 

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Cruach Mharhain and  Mount Eagle (right and left) opposite, viewed across from Ballydavid.

 

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The Three Sisters above and below, also to be seen in many of my photos.

 

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The headland in the distance above is Ballydavid Head.

Below, another view of the WW2 lookout post.

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More images of the Ballydavid area can be seen on my website:

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

As always, I appreciate your visit. Do take care.

VIEW FROM MOUNT EAGLE

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On the path coming down Mount Eagle, the views are stunning. Here you can see Dunquin and the Island of Inis Tuaisceart, (The Sleeping Giant) one of the islands of the Blasket group, off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland.

Please check out my other Dunquin photos on http://helene-brennan.com/tag/dunquin

A Balmy Evening on the Coast of Tralee

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I admit to neglecting my camera, paintbrushes and WordPress recently, having been busy on other things. So this evening I attempted to rectify this situation by taking a walk down by the Tralee Canal again, although I have a pile of photos of the area not yet published.

It was a beautiful evening and the sun was going down. I waited for the sky to redden up while down at the coast. A group of middle aged men stood leaning on gate posts, having a great old chinwag. It was a happy sound, as they laughed and bantered one another – one chastising another for ‘that dirty talk’ – their singsong accent revealing their Kerry identity. I reflected that they probably wouldn’t have enjoyed themselves any more over several pints in the pub. They too, waited for the sun to go down, and then dispersed, after commenting on the beautiful sky.

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More photos of views in Tralee on my website:

http://helene-brennan.com/c112-tralee-canal–county-kerry–photos

http://helene-brennan.com/c120-tralee-bay-wetlands-centre