HIGH TIDE AT BÉAL BÁN

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I knew there was an extra high tide in as I went to the beach, so there was no possibility of a beach walk, but I hoped for something interesting to capture as the waves would be crashing in to the coast. This was Béal Bán (White Mouth) Ballyferriter, near Dingle, in the South West of Ireland.

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The ship beyond is an Irish Navy vessel. They patrol the coast to watch out for illegal foreign fishing boats.

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MIZORAM, CLOSER

I think Mizoram touched my heart a little, so I have decided to return – not physically, but I have revisited my photos and would like to take a closer look at some of them.

Mizoram is a state of North East India, which I visited over the Christmas and New Year period. I have written two earlier posts about this very interesting place.

In this post I have attempted to convey the impressions gained from everyday images, including street posters and notices, which are offering a window into the main values, concerns and issues in the community. These are just the images I happened to see, there are probably many more that I didn’t see or notice. It’s really just a small personal view.

In this post I have cropped some images close, in order to focus on some more specific details. The results may be a little grainy or fuzzy in some cases, but I was never one to let technical imperfection get in the way of saying what I want to say.

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It’s so nice to see how the core values of respect, kindness and consideration are painted on the walls of the local schools (above).

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Many street posters are relating to child development, health, nutrition and child safety.

 

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As it was Christmas time in this state where nearly 90% are Christian, Christmas decorations and lights were much in evidence on the streets. Strange (for me) to see colourful flowers at Christmas time. The snow covered trees and reindeer would be more familiar Christmas images here in Ireland.

Christmas Lights at Chaltlang, Aizawl City.

 

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KV Paradise, at Durtlang, outside of Aizawl City is a monument and mausoleum created by a local teacher in memory of his beloved wife who was killed in a car accident. A Mizo version of the Taj Mahal, though not so well maintained nowadays. Here the local children are playing in the disused fountain.

I think Mizo children are so delightful and beautiful. You would nearly want to take them home with you. These three below asked me to take their photo as I passed by – and don’t they just know how to pose!!  I hesitate to show children’s photos but they are all so sweet I hope it’s ok to share them.

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Above is just part of a very, very long queue of people for the Christmas Community Feast in a local Community Hall. Mizos don’t have a big Christmas dinner at home as we do. They all go to Church on Christmas Day, and from what I could hear they sing their hearts out, and the following day they all go to their local community meal, which I can tell you was very good – apart from the pork dish with a lot of big lumps of stewed fat. But there was a big choice of delicious food. The queue was very fast moving and served very efficiently.

Careers, below.

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Some of the street posters related to training and careers.  This one above appealed to me as the woman selling inflatable toys was standing in front of a poster offering air hostess training. “Let your dream come true”… I also noticed that only females are wanted in this one. On all my recent flights both men and women were employed as cabin crew. The job title “Air Hostess” seems to be very old fashioned now.

Below are more street posters or wall paintings relating to training or occupations

Homes

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Homes, a subject close to my heart, come in many shapes and sizes, and different building styles. In Aizawl city there are of course blocks of flats as well as single and adjoined houses. But to hugely simplify it there are 3 different types of houses that I observed. 1. Traditional Mizo bamboo houses, mostly outside the city centre and in the mountains, pretty but not very weather proof (I have no photos).  2. Timber framed cottage style houses with walls of some type of thin porous board (possibly MDF or similar?) and corrugated roofs.  3. Concrete and steel supported single brick boxy shaped multi floor buildings, also with corrugated roofs or flat concrete balcony roofs (often both). Now many would also like to remind me that you would often see houses with a combination of all styles of building. But in general I would say that the structures are basic and not of good quality particularly in terms of insulation and waterproofing.

The following photos show several different examples.

My impression was that the concrete and brick structures appear to grow upwards, floor upon floor, as and when more space is necessary for the family, or to create rentable income. So, while the road space outside cannot be expanded, the number of people living in the area grows and grows, putting more and more pressure on the overcrowded streets which are very polluted with the traffic fumes, smelly, noisy and most unhealthy. There is a massive need to create sustainable business opportunities outside of the city to encourage more people to move out of this crowded place.

Burial

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The graves in Aizawl are worth a close look because of their colourful and decorated appearance. They are also closely integrated with the residential areas.

By contrast with the modern well tended graves in Aizawl, I have included a couple of photos of older graves in the mountains in Sialsuk, some miles from Aizawl, where a village has now disappeared.

My earlier posts on Mizoram can be seen here:

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

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

I still have more photos I would like to show, but maybe later. Thanks for visiting. Do come back again. More Mizoram photos can be seen on my website:

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

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A COLLECTION OF KERRY RAINBOWS

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I love rainbows.  I mean I really love when that arc of vibrant colour appears in the sky after some dark dismal weather, and the sun breaks through the shower and creates this wonderful image.  I live in West Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula in the South West of Ireland.  We have a lot of stormy wet weather, especially recently. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of rainbow phtotos, and although I have previously published some of them  in different contexts,  I just wanted to show some of my collection of rainbows here.

Most of the images will show a clearer and sharper version when you click on them

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The above photos were all taken in the Emlagh East area, Ballyferriter.

Below are several images from Cuas, by Brandon Creek.

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The cottage in the above photos has been undergoing renovation recently, and looks in a somewhat better shape now.

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From the Conor Pass road, above, with Mount Brandon under cloud and beautiful corrie lakes.

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On Murioch Beach, above. Below are three photos from Béal Bán Beach

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On Wine Strand above, with snow on Mount Brandon.  Wine strand was so called because according to local folklore, several casks of wine were washed up here after the wrecking of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

The rest of the photos below were taken from the towpath by the canal in Tralee.

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HOMING IN ON SUNSET

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Just a few recent shots of a sunset from just outside my west facing home. The mountain in view is Cruach Mharhain.

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I hope you enjoy sunsets, as I do. Thanks for visiting. Lots more of my sunset photos, from Ireland and other countries on this link:

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

 

 

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS

The storms are coming think and fast these days. Fierce though they are, they provide a wonderful magnetic attraction, particularly around our coasts, for along with the beasts that they are, they create powerful spectacles in the form of giant waves, massive splashes and magnificent movement.

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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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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:

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