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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Winter Colours!

WINTER COLOURS
Yes, Winter colours, taken on Clonagam Road on November 4th.


Fallen leaves everywhere, slightly prematurely,
caused by some recent very windy periods and heavy rain,
now clogging roadside streams, etc.
resulting in much of the autumn foliage having disappeared early.


This scene apast Tower Hill cottages
was much more colourful seven to ten days earlier.





However,by changing position
and using landscape mode,
it was still possible to  capture
a little of the colour
normally experienced at this time.

At ground level, colourful foliage was still to be seen
in plenty because of the shelter. 




While ferns are usually at their best
at this time,
most are now a dull brown;
but in this more open area,
they still looked great despite
the reduction from dark  green,

For better images, move in closer . . . 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   . . . and isolate small clusters of leaves,
using a wide aperture on your camera, if such facility is available,
If you can use a portrait setting, this will also show an unsharp background.
(Aperture here was f5.6, as I did not have a wider option). 





Finally, the farther your subject is from the background,
and the darker and 'less busy' the background is,
the more prominent will be the important part of your image.


"Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,"

"O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing; "

Yellow, and black, and pale and hectic red,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes;"

With acknowledgements to Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822



Thursday, October 31, 2019

Oidhche Shamhna - Halloween 2019


.. . and one of the murkiest nights of the year, so  far!


Anything could happen,
and remember . . . 
even the devil was once an angel!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Portlaw Knotweed Problem!

Two images from the Clonagam Road taken on Sept 26th last:


Above:  Roadside Knotweed looking very healthy . . .


. . . and some of it with beautiful autumn colours;

but the good news is that much of it has wilted considerably since, obviously due to spraying!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

SCAMS GALORE!


also ones titled
"System Warning - Your PC is infected",
"AIB - Claim your Bonus", 
"Virus Alert" and "Caution".

and the very latest purporting to be from SuperValu, the opening text of which reads:
Like every Tuesday we randomly give 10 users fantastic prizes. The prize of today is: Samsung Galaxy S10+! Only 10 lucky users who live in Ireland will be the winners!
This survey is carried out in order to improve the service to our users.
You only have 1 Minute and 00 Seconds, to participate.
Hurry up! There is a limited number of prizes!
......................................

Another today, October 15th from:

https://techembark.club/ie/

saying:

Congratulations!!

Today October 152019 you have been randomly selected to participate in this survey. It will only take you a minute and you will have the chance to receive a prize: a Samsung Galaxy S10+. etc., etc.
.......................................................................................................................................................

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Coffee Morning 2019


Coffee Morning, an annual national event,
at the SVP Centre,
showing the two organisers and some of the contributors.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Rocketts' Castle, Hotel & Estate



A wonderful afternoon was held yesterday, Saturday, September 14th,
at local Rocketts' Castle, Hotel and Estate,
when a specially invited number of people were present to experience
the delightful Hotel, its new Tea Rooms and its beautiful surroundings,
on an equally beautiful day.






The historic house, recently converted to a hotel,
aroused the most interest, especially among many photographers present,
including Carrick Camera Club members.









The Tea Room large extension,
viewed from the serving area.

The proprietor of Rocketts' Castle Hotel and estate, Mr. Thomas Driver, 
and staff, outside the Tea Room.


Local equine business-man, Jimmy Keane, in conversation with Frances Shanahan, former Radio Éireann reporter. 


Lucy Danagher and her mother Ann Power (née Maher), at the Tea Rooms,
descendants of the Medlycott family, earlier inhabitants of Rocketts' Castle estate.

See four Medlycott memorials on walls of Clonegam Church, on a post on this site titled:
Clonagam Church Interior part 2.
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The ancient castle
seen here from under one of the many
fine parkland trees.
                                                                                                                                                               The Fishing Lodge,
situated between the house and the River Suir.





Big attraction of the day
was a display by S.A.R.D.A.,
Search and Rescue Dogs Association,
from Wales and England.
It was a pleasure to converse there with
the team from Denbigh, North Wales,
a place I have visited in the past!








A videographer was recording
all the goings-on,
as were quite a few
photography enthusiasts.  

                                    Present too were members of the Irish Coast Guard.


The events included some show-jumping,
but I failed to record everything!

                                                                                                                                                        Another of the fine, mature parkland trees.







The ancient castle . . . . from A.D. 1212 approx!


Frontal view of the house.







Looking ceiling-wise 
in the Tea Room.
                                 
Mr.  Driver, once again, who made a point of introducing himself 
and conversing with most of those attending, seen here with staff members
in the well-equipped Tea Room.







Thanks to Miss Shirley Power,
from whom I received the invitation
to attend!
Much appreciated by members of Carrick Camera Club and myself.



                                                                                                                                                               You can read all about the estate's 'colourful' history at:


which is dated September 7th 2017.






Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New Kids on the block!


Spotted yesterday in a Curraghmore field -
two young Alpacas,
happily co-habiting with the sheep!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A JULY EVENING . . .


Nice cloud formation at edge of polo field.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

L I N K to FLICKR!


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www.flickr.com/photos/mazurka666 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Waterford Country Fair 2019


The Fair, a fund-raiser for the hospice movement, was held in various parts of Curraghmore estate, 
by kind permission of Lord & Lady Waterford,
and was an outstanding success,
running from 10.00 am until after 6.00 pm.



On entering the fair area from the Ballyquin Gate car park, two of the first items of interest to see were these magnificent bronzes, which I was told may have been purchased at one of the Parisian World Fairs in the 1800s. 

This one, on left, depicts a mastiff protecting her pups from a wolf or wild boar (?).


The one on the right here depicts a wolf (?),
again protecting her young.

These artworks look very like the work of:

Alfred Dubucand (1829-1894)
or
Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827-1901)

Portlaw branch of the Red Cross organisation, based in the courtyard,
were very much in evidence, looking after the welfare of the numerous visitors.



Local man, Willie Corcoran,
had on display some of his many
birds of prey, from a collection of over forty!
The public, including young children,
were encouraged to hold the birds on their arms
while posing for photographers,
for a very nominal fee.







Here, Willie is seen with one of his Barn Owls.

You can read all about this well-established
Portlaw enterprise at:

www.falconryinireland.com










Yes, even young children can hold these!




Mussels and Pearls in the local river,
but don't attempt to touch them!


























More images and some text to follow . . . by degrees!

A single left click on each image will reveal an enlarged copy.