Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Photoshopped Bus, as some thought!!!


The above image, published on this site in June 2012,
was published simultaneously on the site:  
www.flickr.com/photos/mazurka666
where to date it has attracted 1352 views!
This Dublin bus was photographed in Portlaw's polo field,
where it was located for a short period.

White Pheasant


White Pheasant in the snow of February 6th.
Taken from inside my car.
Plenty of these white ones in this area.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Snow (2018)


                                                                                                                                                          There were plenty of snow warnings for the night of 5 & 6th February,
but it wasn't as severe as expected. and melted rapidly in the next day's sunshine.
The Comeraghs looked great, however. 


Curraghmore House in the foreground,
with Sliabh na mBan on the horizon, and little snow to be seen.


In shady areas only was snow to be seen locally, like here at Sallaheen.
One fine beech grounded here after recent storms.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The January 11th Fog (2018)







An especially dense fog
descended over a wide area in the country
on the night of January 10th and most of next day, 
making travelling hazardous.
This Curraghmore tree gives some idea
of how bad it was.
                                                                                                                             This tree, quite near the previous one,
looks better when the shadow areas were modified in Photoshop!


Even this beechwood was somewhat enveloped in the fog also. 

                                                                                                                                                                                               However, these beech leaves, lingering on from autumn, brightened up the scene

                                             
                                                
Polo ponies,usually in plenty in this roadside field,   
were completely hidden,
except for this one in her winter coat.                   


Also brightening up the scene were these flowering Ranunculus ficaria plants,
growing beside a roadside stream in the same area.
Also known as Lesser Celandines. 
Lots more were just about to open.
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Then again . . . 


. . . I was pleasantly surprised today to see the above Camellias in flower in a local garden,
despite recent severe weather, and more of it to come

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The unwanted white borders, seen above,
just keep occurring.
Trying to get rid of them!