Nature
A Mother's Love.
A Mother's Love.
June 2010
This shot of a gannet with her newly-hatched chick was taken on my first trip to the Saltee Islands off the coast of Wexford.
Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Tamron 70-300
300mm
1/400secs 100 f5.6


 

 


 

 
After the Rain.
After the Rain.
Took this shot on a trip to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.  Myself and Annraoi met up with some fellow photography enthusiasts on a photowalk organised by the good people at photowalk.ie. It rained most of the day, but we had good fun catching up with each others news, and we managed to get some photos too.   This is my favourite flower shot.  I like the colours and the simplicity of it.
These botanic gardens cover a total area of 19.5 hectares, part of which is the natural flood plain of the River Tolka. The gardens contain a large plant collection which includes approximately 20,000 species and cultivars from all over the world.. There are four ranges of glasshouses including the recently restored Curvilinear Range. Notable features include herbaceous displays, rose garden, rockery, vegetable garden, arboretum, extensive shrub borders and wall plants.
The gardens were founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795

 

 


 

 
Soaring.
Soaring
Taken on my trip to the Saltee Islands in May 2011 Some more photos here
The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres of the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford.  The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland, and are one of the worlds major bird sanctuaries.  The Saltees are a haven for seabirds nurturing an impressive array of birds , from gannets and gulls to puffins and manx shearwaters.

The islands are among the ancient islands of Europe, based on pre-cambrian bedrock i.e. between 600 and 2000 million years old.  There is archaelogical evidence that Neolithic man settled there, and traces of religious settlements exist.  There is also evidence of buccaneering and smuggling.  A flourishing period in the history of the islands was from about 1500-1800 when they were a base for pirates, wreckers and smugglers.

One of the most spectacular sights on the Saltees in mid-summer are the sea bird colonies on the cliffs to the northeast of the gannet headland.  Vast numbers of seabirds pack the ledges and create a frightful incessant din which abates only a small bit at night time.

The islands are privately owned by the Neale family since 1943, but permission is not needed to visit Great Saltee island.


 

 


 

 
Dandelion
Dandelion.
In my back garden, spring 2011.

 

 


 

 
White Stallion.

 

 

 

 

White Stallion

4th May 2011

White Stallion at National stud, Tully, County Kildare.

 

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Tamron 18-270mm
218mm 1/800secs 200 f5.6

 

 

 

 


 
New Growth.

New Growth

Taken at St Fiachra's Gardens,National Stud, Tully, County Kildare on May 4th , 2011.

 

 

 

 


 

 
Three Little Chicks.

Three Little Chicks.


 

July 9th 2011

Took this shot on a trip to Irelands Eye, Howth , County Dublin.  A beautiful day, and thanks to the good folk at photowalk.ie for organising. We took the boat across from Howth harbour.  It was my first time on Ireland's Eye, and I loved it. Some more photos here from that great day out.  It was a bird-watchers paradise.

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Canon Tamron 18-270mm
270mm 1/500secs 100 f7.1 Graduated filter (Cokin)

 

 


 
Burst of colour

 

 

Burst of Colour

2nd June 2011

At the Bloom Festival in Dublin's Phoenix park.

Canon EOS 50D / Tamron zoom lens 18-270 @ 168mm / 1/125sec / f5.6 /iso200

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Tamron 18-270mm
168mm 1/125secs 200
f5.6

 

 


 
Red Poppy

 

Poppy

June 1, 2011

At Powerscourt House and Gardens, County Wicklow

 

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Tamron 18-270mm 238mm 1/100secs 100 f6.3

 

 

 


 
Sleepy Head.
Sleepy Head.
30th April 2011
Taken at Oldbridge House, County Louth. This was part of a falconry display.
Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Tamron 18-270mm
184mm 1/1000secs 200
f6.3

 

 


 

 
Gentle Breeze

 

Gentle Breeze.

9th May 2010

Taken at Airfield Open Farm, Dundrum.

Airfield is Dublin’s only working farm within the city boundary, despite being surrounded by the built-up environment it still has the ambiance and feel of being on a country farm. It is thanks to the foresight and altruism of the Overend family that people can enjoy this amazing place today, having established the Trust in the 1970’s, today the Trust is used to inspire and educate people about food, farming and the natural world.

 

 

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 450D
Tamron 18-270mm
270mm 1/250secs 100 f6.3

 

 

 

 


 
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