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.

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…

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…

Deepest darkest Meath

I’ve taken these shots over the last few days, walking the dogs around Ratoath in the mornings before heading off to work. I’ve tweaked, sharpened, pushed and desaturated them so that they’re more a reflection of the autumn/winter mood than photos of Ratoath. One day, when I grow up, I might have an iPhone 4S…