KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK (Part 2)

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Continuing our drive through Killarney National Park, following on from my previous post, we three masked women in my van leave behind Muckross Park and Torc Waterfall and we pass Ladies View – the famous and popular viewing place for Killarney’s beautiful lakes. We had to pass it by because there were so many tourists there that it seemed impossible to get a parking spot. However, we stopped at several places not far beyond that, and here are the photos:

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Lily pads on the lake.

 

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In the Black Valley region.

 

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Finally we drove through the famous Gap of Dunloe.  By this time the weather turned very dark and dim and I had to employ a little help from my image editing app to inject a little life into these photos.

 

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Here are some of the jaunting cars that can be hired to tour this area, all fitted with pooh bags, since there were strong objections from many people regarding the amount of horse dung on the pathways of the Killarney National Park.  After some resistance, the jarveys (jaunting car drivers) complied with the new rule imposed by the Office of Public Works.

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We certainly enjoyed our trip through Killarney National Park, and I hope you enjoyed the trip with us also.

In case you missed Part 1 of this post, click here

There are more photos of this area on my website:

https://www.helene-brennan.com/c87-photographs-of-the-iveragh-peninsula-and-killarney

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CONOR PASS OR MAIN ROAD

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From Dingle to Tralee, one has two choices: the Conor Pass,  or the N86 main road. Both roads join together after the village of Camp, and continue towards Tralee. The Conor Pass, which is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and has spectacular scenery, ever changing with weather, light and seasons, is quite unsuitable for buses, trucks and other large vehicles. You’d be surprised how many tour buses fail to see warnings and get stuck on the pass, blocking it for some long time. But to be perfectly fair, the alternate route is also well worth seeing. So I thought I’d post some photos from both routes. They were obviously taken at different times of the year.

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Below, are the views from the main road, Dingle to Tralee. Different, but still beautiful.

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

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AERIAL PHOTOS 2

Leaving Dublin Airport early on a December morning, below.

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When travelling, I really love to pass the time taking photos out through the aircraft’s window.  For those who will only accept technical perfection, this is not for them. Scratched windows, sometimes with condensation and reflections do not give a perfect image, and often, depending on the position of the sun there will appear  a spotty effect on the images. But in general I’m happy with a pleasing image and to gain that I’m often happy to forfeit technical perfection.

Below are mountains in Europe, I guess the Alps.

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Spot the plane in the centre of the picture below.

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Arrival at Cyprus below, showing one of 108 dams and reservoirs in Cyprus.

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The following photos are views on the flight from Kolkata to Aizawl, Mizoram, via Imphal

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Thanks so much for viewing my photos. If you would like to see more aerial photos please take a look at my earlier post:

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/aerial-photos/

Also, there are more photos on my website:

https://www.helene-brennan.com/c22-aerial-images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIZORAM, INDIA, up in the Mountains

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In my previous post, https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/mizoram-2/ I showed several photos of Mizoram, mainly from around the city of Aizawl, the State capital, but this time I would like to show some images captured in the mountains outside Aizawl.

Mizoram, this North Eastern State of India, is a land of forested mountains, lakes, rivers and plains and therefore, as you can imagine it is particularly beautiful and scenic. Travel through this land is not easy, and many of the few existing roads can be narrow and potholed. Regrettably, I didn’t get much chance to explore as much as I would like, but I did manage a couple of days out of the city.

Below are images of Hmuifang, a few hours drive from Aizawl, where heavy rain and fog descended upon us, but eventually we got a short window just before dark when I took the following photos from the roadside on the route back.

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Before our return, from Hmuifang we moved on to Sialsuk where the fog was very heavy and the wonderful views that I know are there, were completely hidden. There are very old gravestones there at the site of a disappeared village, and I took several shots of them, being all that could be seen, and although the light and visibility were poor, I thought the misty appearance enhanced the feeling of history and mystery.

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Sometimes, if the colour is a bit weak, I find that I may get a better result if I convert the image to black and white, as with this image (above / below).

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Another day, another place, just outside Aizawl, viewing the city from a distance.

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This cross had a highly reflective surface. The pattern appearing on it was just a reflection.

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Do take a look at my other posts on Mizoram:

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/mizoram-2/

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/mizoram-closer-copy/

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MIZORAM, INDIA

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I have been quieter than usual for some time now, because I was doing some travelling and visiting some different countries. My main focus was the beautiful state of Mizoram, India. Up to a couple of years ago I was completely unaware of this place, and I find most other people are just as unaware. Over the Christmas period a family event enticed me to visit Mizoram, and it was a very interesting trip.

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I stayed in the state capital, Aizawl, and most of my photos are of this city which is built haphazardly and mostly with very basic resources on these very steep slopes on the top of several mountain peaks. I managed a couple of trips outside of the city but not nearly as much as I would have liked.

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Generally, I am more attracted to landscape and seascape photography, which offers opportunities for capturing beauty, or what I see as beautiful. In Aizawl I felt challenged in my attempts to find beauty in the narrow, noisy streets, with motor bikes, taxis, buses and private cars creating such a level of pollution that many people have taken to wearing masks. Skeins of electric wires, looping, coiling and dipping around the streets would definitely challenge the temptation to edit them out of the picture, as I might do at home! I made the decision that in this city I would focus mainly on capturing the character of the place, I would even make a feature of these tangled wires and untidy buildings! So not all my photos would be about beauty, but I tried to embrace the beauty when I found it, and there was a lot of it there.

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Viewed from my balcony on Christmas morning, an out of hours electrician works on the electric connections. Power cuts are frequent, but not usually too long lasting.

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HIV/AIDS infection affects 2% of the population. Mizoram is one of the poorest states of India which must make it even more difficult to deal with the problems and needs that this poses. These posters are a very common sight here.

Although economically poor, Mizoram is very rich in culture and tradition, and have at the heart of their society a great sense of community and caring for others. They come from South East Asian tribes and became converted to Christianity around the end of the 19th Century. Almost 90% of the population of 1.5 million is Christian, Presbyterianism being the most common. Perhaps because of this they do seem in many ways more western than the people in mainland India. They manage to combine the western Christian lifestyle with strong cultural traditions of their own.

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Below, houses appear to be tumbling down the mountainside.

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Along Hospital Road, opposite the hospital, I couldn’t believe how many pharmacies there were. Almost every shop was a pharmacy, with a few other medical or dental services thrown in between. I was told that each one has its own specialisation.

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Most buildings appeared to have these corrugated metal roofs.

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The above painting was on the wall of a house or block of flats, see building below.

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Colourful graveyards appear to be integrated into residential areas.

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As it was Christmas time, these poinsettias were flowering everywhere – outdoors!

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There are many beautiful views from around the city.

Please take a look at my other Mizoram posts:

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2020/02/04/mizoram-india-up-in-the-mountains/

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/mizoram-closer-copy/

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https://www.helene-brennan.com/c51-india

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OCTOBER WALK ON MOUNT EAGLE

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It was a fairly short walk, a few weeks ago, on Mount Eagle, which is on the west end of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. I didn’t go to the top, but it was just a bit of much needed uphill exercise and an opportunity to take a few photos along the way. I have of course taken many photos on this route before, but in this climate the views are ever changing.

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The winter colours are so lovely in the October sunshine.

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Mount Brandon in the distance, above and below, so clear with no heavy cloud on top.

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Dingle Bay, above, with the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry, across the water. The peaks of Carauntoohil, Irelands highest mountain can be seen.

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The Blasket Islands, above and below.

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Views over the fields of Dunquin, in these last few pics.

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On my website I have many more photos taken from this mountain, many from the top also. Please take a look, using this taglink:

https://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/mount+eagle

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TROODOS MOUNTAINS 2

 

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Here are some more photos taken in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. This is a beautiful area with lush scented forests and picturesque villages. I have named some of the villages, but unfortunately, some are forgotten.

 

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Trooditissa Monastery, above, viewed from the road.

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Village in the mountains.

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Omodos Village, a wine producing village at an altitude of 800 metres in the Troodos mountain range, in the beautiful area of ‘Krassohoria’, just 42 km from Lemesos town.

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Dora village, above.

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Also see my other posts on Cyprus here

PAPHOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

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

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AERIAL PHOTOS

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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.

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A golden morning, leaving Dublin, with the sunlight casting a golden glow on the  engine and wing tip, above.

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The photos above were over southern Europe Greece and Turkey. I think all the next ones were over Cyprus.

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Approaching Paphos, Cyprus, above.

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Approaching Larnaca, Cyprus

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CROAGH PATRICK – For St. Patrick’s Day

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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.

WAY BACK WHEN……….in Morocco

I actually prepared this post about a year ago, and I really thought I had posted it. But I have just discovered it in draft form now, so finally here it is:

Recently I was looking through some old pre-digital photos, I was concerned to see how they were deteriorating, particularly those which I kept in those typical photo albums with a cellophane type of covering over the photos. So I set about trying to scan these prints – or at least most of them.  I had previously used a gadget for scanning the negatives but found it fiddly and it produced distorted colours, and scanning several prints at a time on my A3 scanner was so much quicker.

After scanning I then made some necessary restoration to the colours and intensity of the images. Of course they don’t compare well with the quality of photos made with modern digital cameras, many are a bit grainy or noisy, but in a way I quite like the aged appearance of them and I feel they are relevant in terms of representing a place in time, and important to preserve them before they are beyond redemption.

Starting with Morocco…

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In 1988 I made a trip to Morocco where I trekked with a group in the High Atlas Mountains, the high point of which was an ascent of Mount Toubkal. At 4,000 Meters I believe it is the highest mountain in North Africa. Not high compared with other more famous mountains, but fairly challenging.

The trek took us through many small Berber villages, the names of which are largely forgotten now. The friendly Berber people there were were mostly living in quite modest and poor conditions at that time, and tourism was really only just developing in the area. We overnighted in basic conditions in some of these villages although in one or two places we didn’t even have access to any sort of a toilet, and finding a private place for the necessary personal daily deeds was subject to being followed by local people – mostly women and children who were clearly highly amused!

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A Berber village on the mountainside, typically coming down in steps, and with its terraced farmland below.

 

Berber Villages in the Hight Atlas Mountains

 

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The main problem with looking back at these images is that I have forgotten the names of the villages, I may insert some more information if I can later.

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I believe the village above is called Ouanesekra

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Ascending Mount Toubkal. Large areas were quite snowy.

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From summit of Mount Toubkal, above.

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At the summit of Mount Toubkal. As I am in the photo, I obviously didn’t take it, and I really can’t remember who did, but I’m sure they won’t mind me showing it.

More of my photos of Morocco can be seen on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c38-photos-of-morocco

Also several paintings of Morocco on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c37-paintings-of-morocco

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