In the cold light of day

The temperature’s been up and down over the past few days. Today, it’s about 6 degrees outside at the moment, but it’s a bright sunny day, and it seems warmer. A few days ago, on the 29th, it was -2 at about 11am and there was a nice coat of heavy frost covering everything. Here…

Enchanted forest

We’ve had a few lovely walks in Balrath Woods over the holidays. It’s been chilly, but beautiful.

Playground

A couple of shots taken yesterday. A birthday walk in the winter woods with Mimi and Pippa.

Hit and run

This weekend, I spent a little time in a few different places – Stephen’s Green on Saturday, Ratoath and Clogherhead on Sunday. All the shots were taken in the middle of the day when the light was pretty flat, but there was still some nice colour and tone to be found.

Hello? Is there anybody out there?

Stopped to take a few shots on the way to work today. I had to be careful not to wander too far into the fields. The fog was that heavy, you could easily get comfortably numb. Luckily, the trees stood their ground and marked the way back.

Simple pleasures

Fresh air. Space, country smells, rough ground. That’s all it takes to make the dogs happy, and it’ll do nicely for me too. Luckily, this is just a few minutes walk from home and admission is free.

Teddy-Bales

We’ve got some creative farmers out in Ashbourne. I spotted these two big Teddy-bale sculptures on the way in this morning, along the main Ashbourne-Dublin road. A lovely treat for the commuters.

The natural order

I love ruins and derelict buildings. Especially when they contrast so nicely with lush vegetation that is obviously thriving – almost in inverse proportion to the decaying man-made structure. This old cottage/shed isn’t the most remarkable ruin, by any means, but it sits conveniently on my way home, on the outskirts of Ratoath village, so these…

In the long Grass

We got in a quick walk last night, just as it was getting dark. The dogs had a great time, running around, chasing each other, smelling smells and splashing in puddles.

Nearly getting lost

I took a diversion on the way home last night. Got off the M2 and headed towards Tyrellstown, then took a right and went through Hollystown. I headed up towards Ratoath, then took a left and cut across to Fairyhouse. I kinda knew where I was going, but it’s such a windy little bohreen, that I…

Somewhere in Meath

I got a new camera, and a couple of lenses. A Canon EOS 100D, a 50mm f1.8 and a 40mm f2.8. It’s towards the entry-level of the EOS range, but still a big jump up from my old 350D and I’m loving the clarity and detail it can capture. My old 17-55mm EFS lens has a new…

Walkies

Happy dogs, out and about. Along with photography, walking the dogs is one of my favourite reasons to get out in the fresh air. Mimi and Pippa don’t care what the weather’s like and they don’t care where we are – it’s always a good time for a walk. As it turned out, the weather…

Narnia

    Springtime in Ireland. Not what I signed up for. Nor you either, I’m sure. Where’s that fecken wardrobe? I wanna get out. This time last year, it was a different story – temperatures hitting 20 degrees and kids jumping into the liffey to cool down. Take me back to THAT version of reality….