Archive for January, 2007

Save all your kisses for me…



Off to the land of milk & honey (I think). Left for Montreal this morning, now in Amsterdam; going to have to be swift so I don’t miss the flight. Spent all the euros, started into the US dollars and have no Canadian. Should be an interesting three weeks.


Decided to fool around with some recently acquired ‘Hersheys Kisses’ and some of the also recently acquired foreign moolah. This’ll probably be it for a while, so if you come back here and there aren’t any photos of snow… well, don’t forget to vote for me anyway. In the Blog Awards that is. Back in a bit, have to see a man about a plane.

Gougane Barra



I have always and will always be thankful for Gougane Barra. It’s a wonderful place to visit when the hoards of dribbling tourists retreat and more than that, it always proves to be a great location for photos. But not only that, it’s only about an hour away so it’s convenient to get to whenever the urge (born mostly out of boredom) strikes. So now you’ll see why there is a seemingly constant feed of photos from Gougane Barra here.

This visit was no different; Well only in that this time I chose to mainly use my macro lens to capture the detail in the many stone statues, plaques and even the many hundreds of coins, old and new, wedged into the bark of trees around the church. Yes, that is frowned upon these days though. The cross that seemed to have thousands of coins in it has disappeared sadly.

Old Moneey

New Money

Almight GOD!

Sadly, not long after I arrived a whopping great tour bus arrived and a good two dozen people alighted. Thankfully they didn’t last long in the overcast weather and soon scampered back to the warmth of their bus. Of course another great reason to make the journey is to drive up into the forest and practice yet more of those ‘running water’ shots. No shortage of rocks, streams and small waterfalls here folks!




To answer a question; Yes you do get looked at quite oddly while setting up your tripod in the middle of a stream. It’s worth it though, unless you don’t have a waterproof tripod I suppose. Couldn’t help feeling that at any minute the clip was going to give up and send my 30D and macro lens speeding toward a watery grave…

Gougane Barra

…but it didn’t! Couple more on Flickr.

[tags]gouganebarra, cork, ireland, irishphotos, irishblogs, church, Sigma 150mm Macro, forest, water[/tags]

Ray Lamontagne in the Opera House


Recently (as recent as last week) went to see Ray Lamontagne play to a full house in Cork’s Opera House. It definitely does, even if it’s a bit late and half-assed, deserve a mention. I’d been of the opinion for some time that he’d put on a great live show if the albums are anything to go by. Couldn’t have been more right. Our seats were front and slightly right of center, perfect as far as I was concerned but lacking in legroom according to my significant other.

Ray was preceded by a performance by Leona Naess who was just the ticket and complimented nicely the performance to come. I and I’m sure many people in the audience were surprised how soft spoken Ray actually is, given the unbelievable sound he’s capable of making. After the first couple of songs, I started to wonder if he’d interact with the audience at all, or so a recent article on him would have had me believe. He thanked the gathered masses profusely for generous applause, made some jokes and overall remained hugely polite. All that despite a few people in the audience that I think would have liked to reorganise his chosen play list.

All to be expected with a boisterous Corkonian crowd however and that of course is half the charm of going to a gig in Cork. It was an amazing gig with amazing talent from both the main man himself and his band. I can only imagine he went onto Limerick the following evening and played to yet another capacity crowd. Before anyone asks, yes; I’ve been kicking myself quite hard since the gig last Thursday that I didn’t bring my camera. Front row and all. Could have gotten some amazing shots (maybe) but I decided not to chance it as I didn’t really feel like getting booted out of the Opera House. That didn’t seem to bother the rest of the crowd, who’s flashes lit up the room throughout the whole gig. Ahh, it’ll do me no harm to have one night without the ol’ camera!

Gone Fishin’


Union Hall Fishermen

Spotted recently while strolling without much purpose (no news there then) around a pier that smelled suspiciously of fish. It wasn’t me, honest. I checked just to be sure. Time for holidays is growing ever closer (I’ll go into more detail in a soon to come “I’m outta here suckers” victory post) and at this stage, I’m counting down the hours. Time for moving house is also growing ever closer; Recently got notice that our landlord is selling up so we’re moving on to bigger & brighter things. I’ve already sequestered a corrugated cardboard box from work that I think I’ll be able to convert into a 1 bed apartment with a bit of brown packing tape and a few pipe cleaners (and later sell on for about €260,000).

Spotted a link to possibly the most engaging blog I’ve seen in a while. “Little People – a tiny street art project“. Personally, I think I could look at it for hours. Makes me want to dig out the lego men and go exploring with my macro lens.

Roches Point


Roches Point Lighthouse

Taken while strolling around in the back end of Crosshaven a week or so ago, from a beach at the end of some very stinky (yes, I think it was sewage) steps. It is, obviously enough, Roches Point lighthouse; Caught just as the light was beginning to fade. Been lacking in processing recently and only today got back out and took some more shots. Couldn’t really let such a nice January day pass me by now…

Nominations now open


Seems like all I’m going to be posting about lately is the blog awards that will take place this March 3rd in Dublin. Well, nominations are now open if you want to head along, fill in the form and nominate your favorite blog (i.e. this one). You can get in there and put your favorite blog on the spot until Friday 26th January so no excuses.

Irish Blog Awards 2007


Damien has announced the 2007 Irish Blog Awards and would like people to leave a quick note if they are attending. It’s penciled in for the 3rd of March in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin city. Very much looking forward to it, although this time as a purely social event rather than a nominee. Last year practically every blogger I’ve read were strangers to me and after meeting them I can’t wait to get back and catch up.

Not to say I wouldn’t be utterly delighted to be nominated in the shortlist again this year, but it’s not a huge priority. This year I’ll be taking on the duty of ‘official photographer’. Hey, does that mean I get a badge or something?!?

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