Alexander Calder Minimal/Maximal
A major retrospective of works small, large, and epic at the recently renovated Neue Nationalgallerie, Berlin, one of the last works of Mies Van Der Rohe
Its behind you! A reminder to look behind you when shooting towards sunset
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in Havana, Cuba
Église de Saint-Michel
Hélicoïdal garage, Grenoble, France ⏫
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in a HoChiMhin Hotel.
Milky Way, Summer Solstice night, Ilen river
Photons reflecting off the trees opposite have travelled for up to 50,000 years from the inner galaxy!
Variations on a theme
Sunset Reflections - Cranes and Chimmneys
Thymelicus lineola, known in Europe as the Essex skipper and in North America as the European skipper, is a species of butterfly in the family Hesperiidae. Wingspan 26-30mm (1.02 inches). Taken on a very windy day crawling through briars trying to follow them with a macro lens.
soft sweet pea
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Tara Street, Dublin
Trying to get by on one wing
Ebbing tide, Ilen river
Coliemore Harbour Dublin
When I grow up I want to be an engine driver
Steam locomotive No.85 "Merlin" going to Rosslare from Dublin
Crow (Corvus cornix) vs Peregrine Falcon. County Mayo, West of Ireland- 2 of 3
The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest and powerful birds in the world with eyes as good as telescopes and has extraordinary agility.
Hooded Crows use their intelligence to identify threats. Studies show that crows are remarkably efficient at picking out potential environmental threats. So instead of waiting until they’re attacked, crows often take proactive action to scare birds, animals, or even humans from their habitats.
One of the main techniques crows use to defend their territories is mobbing.
Some crows are happy to take on large birds on their own or in a group. This crow was on its own and showed no fear. Single crows have been observed violently pursuing eagles that are many times bigger than them.
The battle raged on but who was the winner.
Bray Air Show
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Dublin's loop-line bridge.
Expect the exceptional
3 shot panorama using Sony a6400 with kit lens hand-held, prior to taking a swim!
Peregrine Falcon hunting- County Mayo, West of Ireland - 1 of 3
The Peregrine Falcon is a very fast flier, averaging 40-55 km/h (25-34 mph) in traveling flight, and reaching speeds up to 112 km/h (69 mph) in direct pursuit of prey. During its spectacular hunting stoop from heights of over 1 km (0.62 mi), the peregrine may reach speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph) as it drops toward its prey.
Taken on a very windy day, saw it circulating around the fields and ran back for the camera.
Cows have long known, way before the science, that mixing seaweed in your grass diet reduces flatulance!
Drone shot 1.5km from dry land!
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View from the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Playing with fire (1 of 1)
Château de Grimaud
Red Kite in Flight s
Irish Air Corps Casa 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Bray Air Display 2022
Berlin Philharmonie, Hans Scharoun
Built on 1963 the concert home of the Berlin Philharmonic gathers the audience 360 deg around the performance. The exterior rejects any classical formalism to be an envelope for the gathering within. The metal cladding and dynamic shapes are radiant at night
Follow the light
The Black Valley, County Kerry
Brief stop on my regular cycle route through the Gap of Dunloe to enjoy some breaking light.
Spanish Synagogue, Prague
The Spanish Synagogue, on Vézeňská in Josefov, Prague.
This lovely example of Moorish-Andalusian revival architecture is one of the complex of buildings that now forms the Jewish Museum in Prague, as well as being a working synagogue.
Moody Sunset. - Dublin Bay
"Sunset" - Dun Laoire Harbour
Booterstown Dart Station
Similar in appearance to the Curlew, but slightly smaller. Whimbrel has a similar downcurved bill, but this is slightly shorter than that of the Curlew. When seen well, distinctive "striped" head pattern can be discerned - formed by a dark crown, with a pale streak through the centre, a pale supercillium and a dark eyestripe. The call is also one of the best ways of finding a flock of migrating Whimbrels passing overhead.
and when the day is done…
Making sure everybody is tucked away for the night is a family affair.
Basilica Palladiana 2w - Vicenza
Dunnock, Fuscia bush
Sherkin Island, June '22. Understated but elegant little bird, the fuschia in full flight.
Fog, Sea and the lighthouse - Howth Ireland
Killarney national Park
Sunrise taken with a DJI Air2S drone in the upper lake
Câmara De Lobos, Madeira
up the hill
Upper Lake, Killarney
Tranquil morning yesterday on the lake for sunrise
East Pier Lighthouse, Dun Laoghaire, twilight
View from end of West Pier, Offshoot Club outing.
The Eurasian Nuthatch is a small passerine bird found throughout temperate Asia and in Europe, where its name is the nuthatch. Like other nuthatches, it is a short-tailed bird with a long bill, blue-grey upperparts and a black eye-stripe.
It is a vocal bird with a repeated loud dwip call. There are more than 20 subspecies in three main groups; birds in the west of the range have orange-buff underparts and a white throat, those in Russia have whitish underparts, and those in the Far East have a similar appearance to European birds, but lack the white throat. The preferred habitat is mature deciduous or mixed woodland with large, old trees, preferably oak. Pairs hold permanent territories, and nest in tree holes, usually old Woodpecker nests, but sometimes natural cavities.
If the entrance to the hole is too large, the female plasters it with mud to reduce its size, and often coats the inside of the cavity too. The 6–9 red-speckled white eggs are laid on a deep base of pine or other wood chips.
The Eurasian nuthatch eats mainly insects, particularly caterpillars and beetles, although in autumn and winter its diet is supplemented with nuts and seeds. The young are fed mainly on insects, with some seeds, food items mainly being found on tree trunks and large branches. The nuthatch can forage when descending trees head first, as well as when climbing.
Copper Coast - Ballydwan Sunset
West Pier, Dun Laoghaire
Hey Offshoot colleagues…. This is one I baked earlier in the year…. Had a most enjoyable evening on Monday meeting people even if the weather was uncooperative!!
Wingspan 50-64 mm. Both wings are strongly scalloped. The uppersides are tawny-orange with black and brown spots and blotches. The undersides are intricately patterned in brown, grey and yellow-brown. There is a small silver spot in the shape of a comma in the centre of the hindwing.
It is a strong flier and an insect of wide distribution; its range extends from north Africa to much of Europe and right across Asia to Japan.
Formally absent from Ireland, in recent times it has been added to the Irish Butterfly list. In the last ten years it has rapidly expanded its range around Ireland.
However the frilly winged butterflies got here, they managed to survive and thrive. Distribution maps of the Comma in Ireland show that most reports are from the east coast of the country possibly supporting the theory that insects are being carried across the Irish Sea by easterly winds. There is no evidence that the Comma is a migrant.
When the butterfly closes its wings, the undersides are a mixture of dull browns save for a prominent white mark shaped like a comma; it is that mark that gives the insect its common English name.
Like our very common Small Tortoiseshells, Commas hibernate as adults. To tide them over the winter to need a high intake of sugar in autumn. As they approach the time for hibernation they range far and wide seeking out the last of the nectar-bearing late summer flowers, windfalls and rotting fruit.
When adults hibernate, they close their wings. The mottled brown undersides and the jagged outline as a result of the scalloped edges of the wings give the impression of a withered leaf as the insect clings motionless to the trunk of a tree. The camouflage is obviously highly effective in making the butterfly inconspicuous to predators.
Copper Coast - Trá na mBó at sunrise
Outdoor sunset portrait
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Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse
The Fastnet rock lying 13 km off the coast is Ireland’s most southerly land. The 54m high lighthouse built of precisely cut interlocking granite slabs is the tallest in Ireland.
Saltee Islands June 2022-6
Relaxing sunset landscape II - Clontarf - Ireland
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Wild Hare, County Mayo, West of Ireland
Well camouflaged and took a while to find it.
Summer visitor to Ireland from west Europe and west Africa, winter visitor from Faeroe Islands, Iceland and northern Scotland.
A wader but not easily seen, unless flushed out of marshy vegetation, when it typically runs away in a frantic zig zag fashion. The disproportionately long, straight bill is easily visible in flight. If you are lucky enough to see one standing partially or wholly out in the open (usually at the edge of reeds), you will make out the series of dark brown, pale buff and black stripes and bars on the head and body - this produces a good camouflage effect.
Moody Roundwood Sunset
Jewish Museum, Berlin
Pergola in the museum gardens plays on iconography, and stark contrast of the man made and the natural
I said I love you so much
pink flower in pot
Marching with Pride
last pink plant
silver and pink plant
After distillation, right? Dublin Ireland
Great Spotted Woodpecker
About the same size as Mistle Thrush. A distinctive black and white bird when seen well. The face, throat and underparts are white, while the back, rump and tail are black. Also has a large white patch at the base of the wings, while the vent is pale red. In flight, the wings are mainly black, with obvious rows of spotting on the primaries and secondaries. Adult male Great Spotted Woodpeckers are identifiable by a small red patch on the back of the head. Adult females have a black nape and crown. This image is © Copyright and no permission is granted in any form, fashion or way, digital or otherwise, to use copy, edit, reproduce, publish, duplicate, or distribute my images or any part of them on blogs, personal or professional websites or any other media without my direct written permission.
Sandymount Strand, Dublin
Juvenile Grey Heron finding it's wings leaving the nest.
Clutch: 3-4 eggs (rarely 2 broods). Incubation: 27-29 days. Fledging: 50-55 days (Altricial).
Age of first breeding: 2 years.
Grey Herons breed in large trees and can form large heronries, some of which have been in use for over 100 years.
Tricky to get the image as the tree was so tall and I nearly fell over.
From Dalkey Island I - Ireland
Staircase, Neues Museum, Berlin
I like my Head Gear
All Lines Lead to the Spire
Hut on a Slope
Gay Pride March 1
Gay Pride March 2
Dublin's Parade I - Ireland
Sigma 85mm DG DN ART
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Caniçal from the Ponta de São Lourenço