VENTRY BEACH

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Some shots of Ventry Beach (again!) just with my mobile phone, on a couple of recent walks. The phone has developed an annoying habit of reverting to low resolution – used to stay on high res, now I have to keep checking. Anyway here are some of the results.

 

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The sky being unusually clear for this climate, combined with a very calm sea, like a lake, made for some fairly minimalist images, especially this one above.

Below, on a different day, the clouds created a much more interesting sky and some lovely patches of light and shade.

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A socially distanced conversation about social distancing, one could guess, above.

 

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Doesn’t this beach look quiet? Yet there was nowhere to park in the small car park.  One way of keeping the beaches quiet here. Currently the area is full of visitors.

 

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I hope you have enjoyed walking with me. This is Ventry Beach, a few miles from Dingle Town, on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, South West Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. Obviously not looking so wild in these captures, but for some really wild ones, please visit my website, try this tag:

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VENTRY BEACH

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Recently I visited Ventry Beach a couple of times. It’s not far from my home on the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry, on the South West of Ireland, and it’s a nice long beach for a walk.

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Being a fine sunny day, the sky was kind of featureless and with no clouds and moving shadows to add drama, it was a little more challenging to find interesting compositions.  This guy who came by in an inflatable kayak added a little interest to the situation.

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Now this unfortunate creature was not what I was expecting at the far end of the beach. A minke whale, that apparently beached itself. I heard that a couple of nights earlier some people had pulled him back out to sea, but he just came in again.  Despite attempts to keep him hydrated, he (or she) eventually died.

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Note the little heart shape of stones that someone has made.

 

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A sad sight, but so common!

 

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Fishing boats, above.

 

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On an earlier walk, I only had my mobile phone, someone was kite surfing.  I just made the best of the situation.

 

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This mobile home is in a park beside the beach. I decided to photograph it because it used to be mine, some years ago, so I have a sort of emotional attachment to it. It’s had 2 owners since then. The colours and puppets etc. are the current owners’ doing, my colours were mostly inside, at the time. I loved it, but maintaining it was a bit of a responsibility.  The roof once blew off at 5.00 am one morning! Not funny!  One winter, 2013/14,  12 or more mobile homes were destroyed completely there in the storms, and the tide came in around some of the mobiles.

That’s all from Ventry Beach for the moment. Thanks for viewing my post.  More images of  Ventry Beach on my website:

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Also, do checkout some of my earlier posts with Ventry photos. Unfortunately I have already deleted some in order to make more storage space for my media. But these one are OK I think.

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ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL EVENING ON VENTRY BEACH

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LIGHT AND PATTERN, VENTRY BEACH

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It was a grey day on Ventry Beach, Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland. I have to say I have taken hundreds of photos on this and other beaches in the area, and I have always said that every day is different, so no two photos are ever the same. However, on this grey day with calm water, I felt challenged to make this images look sufficiently different from those earlier shots.

My solution was to convert to black and white, so here they are. I hope you will like them.

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SUNSHINE, SEASIDE AND SERENITY

An afternoon walk on Ventry Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland.

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Shimmering Light, Ventry Beach

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Bright sunlight shimmering on the water and the wet sand ripples at low tide on Ventry Beach, Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry, Ireland. More on my website, http://helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos

Pattern and Rhythm

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The famous Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. The forms of the cliffs running into the distance create a rhythmic aspect to the composition, and I have attempted to express the richness of the patterns in each area of the picture.

Have you ever thought about how much your life is affected, governed, controlled by patterns and rhythms. Rhythms are intrinsic to our existence. Our bodies have rhythms; the earth has rhythms; seasons are rhythmic. Rhythms are all around us in our environment.  We seem to have a basic need to organise our life and working spaces into rhythms and patterns. Without this organisation we would have chaos.

Rural farming landscape in the hills of Northern Thailand

The furrows in the field, the trees in the distance and the banana trees in the foreground all offer variety and interest to the rhythms and patterns of this composition. I also use fast flowing strokes to further contribute to the rhythms and movement in the picture.

Small wonder that works of art are often designed with the use of clearly defined areas of rhythms and patterns, which are important aspects to the composition.

Rough Sea with Sleeping Giant

Stormy Sea on Clogher Beach with Inis Tuaisceart (also known as the Sleeping Giant) in the background. The sea provides endless possibilities for the expression of rhythms and patterns.

Patterns in nature are free and random, while still maintaining a sense of organisation. Rhythms and patterns are to be found in many art forms.

Fermoyle Beach, on the north side of the dingle peninsula, West Kerry

The rhythm of the waves on the sea,rolling into the beach, an endless rhythm, random, yet repetitive, maintaining an irresistible visual excitement.

It seems our artistic sensibilities and responses are, in many cases, strongly influenced and encouraged by our need for rhythm and patterns. Often, in visual art, it is impossible to clearly define the difference between rhythms and patterns, but you know – it doesn’t really matter.

Wood Shed in the forest, by the River Wye

The wood pile, the corrugated roof, all framed by the rich foliage provided a wonderful opportunity to express the wonder of nature in its fabulous varieties of patterns

Of course there are many other aspects to a work of art, but for this post I am focusing on pattern and rhythm. I have selected some of my paintings and photos that have examples of pattern in the composition.

Villages and Terraces in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Mountain terraces and village houses offer fascinating sources of patterns in the landscape, in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco

 

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The retreating tide leaves patterns in the sand, enhanced by the golden light of the setting sun
Sunset at Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula, with the Blasket Islands in view

Without the pattern in these clouds, there would be limited visual interest

In a pond beside Tralee Ship Canal, two swans negotiate a film of ice around the edge.

There is a hint of rhythm created by the two swans, working with the grasses in the foreground. The pattern on the water in the background contrasts with the smooth surface of the ice around the edge.

Evening clouds on Ventry Beach, Dingle Peninsula

Clouds are a wonderful source of nature’s patterns

The setting sun reflects on the fishing boats in Dingle harbor

The visual rhythm created by the row of boats is enhanced by the strong golden evening sunlight, and their colours are unified. The composition gains further interest by the patterns in the clouds, water and stone wall etc.

Nature has taken root in the walls of this old building

Reduced to black and white, we are encouraged to appreciate the details of the patterns in the wall and nature’s growth from the crevices.

The ruin of the schoolhouse used in the movie 'Ryan's Daughter'

In this old skeleton of a ruin of the schoolhouse used in the movie Ryan’s Daughter, over thirty years ago, the sunlight shining through provides interesting rhythms of light and dark.

Last Rays of Sun on Ventry Beach

Last Rays of Sun on Ventry Beach

The shadow of Mount Eagle begins to creep over Ventry village as the sun sinks, on this beautiful winter’s evening on the Dingle Peninsula.
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