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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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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It finally happened! A burst of creativity recently overcame me and I have produced several new oil paintings. Here they are. Some of them might be subject to some small changes, or I may just leave them be. I’ll think about it.
Average size 27 x 21 inches.
From Clogher Beach, with The Sleeping Giant (Inis Tuaisceart) in the background
Near Clogher Beach, on the Cuas na nEighe path.
Blasket Islands from Béal Átha, Dún Chaoin.
From Clogher Beach
From Inch Beach.
From Clogher Beach, with view of Sleeping Giant.
I was once accused of painting too many sea pictures – but I live on a peninsula. One can’t avoid being seduced by the wonderful power of the ocean and it’s ever changing colours, movement and moods. If seascapes are your thing, please take a look this tag on my website:
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It was blooming cold today, considering it’s a Spring day in March. Some of the country is covered in unseasonal snow, and the Dingle Peninsula has a smattering of it on high ground, like here below on Mount Brandon. I braved the cold to take my camera for a walk. Here are some photos taken on Ballyferriter Beach, Béal Bán, and some others in the countryside nearby.
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Now and again I revisit this offering of nature, take photos and with only simple editing, reveal the wonderful delicacy and dreamlike images of these patterns in the sand created by the retreating tide. Nuff said. Please enjoy the images.
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