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.

Clogherhead

Yesterday morning I had some time to kill up Drogheda way, so I went up to Clogherhead and parked up at Port Oriel harbour. Beautiful morning! These are a few shots I took up on the hill, around the rocks and in the harbour. There’s also a couple of shots taken on the road in…

Glimpses caught through gaps in hedges

Irish roads can be dangerous. twists, turns, dips, potholes, mud, loose chippings and view-obscuring hedges are just some of the plentiful hazards. In the countryside, those hedges are peppered with gaps and gates, and if you’re driving at any kind of speed, those gaps can be like little subliminal blips of beauty, giving micro-second scenes…

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…

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…

Time to Bale out

I closed up the summer home in Clogherhead last saturday. Bummer. Where did the summer go? Personally, I’d have liked a bit more sun and a lot less rain, but summer’s still my favourite season, and this is my favourite place to spend it. Here’s a couple of shots I took in the field that’s…