Autumn brings lots of freshly ploughed bare earth on the rolling hills
Wild Atlantic Surfer, Donegal
Biting northerly winds are no deterrent to this lone surfer. Near Falcarragh Co Donegal. Racing clouds with intermittent shafts of sunlight.
Aurora near Keflavik
Trees in the Quarry B&W
Two interpretations of the same image one after the other here. Taken on a photo trip to North Wales back in March. The B&W version was done for a mono competition at the camera club. I deliberately went for a more dramatic feel to the image using Silver Efex Pro. Not my usual style but I wanted to try something different and quite liked the outcome.
I like them both but the colour image is my own preference. The texture and colours in the rock face top right, and the three trees against the darker background at the bottom make it for me.
The Last G-man in Cadiz
This was not posed - just saw it from my balcony
Madonna di San Biagio, 1534. Montepulciano
Located outside Montepulciano, a geometric perfection in creamy travertine
Fort de Salses
St Stephens Green
orange butterfly in garden
Incredible aurora display in Iceland earlier this week
Milky Way, Val de Chiana
Lombardy Poplars prepare for launch
Milky Way Esterel
From my holidays but not ideal foreground
Torre del Mangia, Sienna
Seven image panorama from September 21st 2023. What an incredible show last night from Lady Aurora in Iceland
The Enchanted Lane
Straffan House B-W
Three more iPhone shots from my London trip back in February. I hadn't been to Battersea Power station for many years. the redevelopment around it (and of the station itself) is very impressive. And makes for some nice shots.
Bruarfoss, night and day literally
These were shot at the same location a few hours apart. When a CME hits earth you stay up late and keep shooting until the Aurora says it’s time to stop! What a spectacular show last night here in
Campo del Sur, Cadiz
Amooose Booosh 1
Upper Lake, Vartry
Long exposure on the Black Sand Beach
40 Foot Dawn
Keeping A Watchful Eye
Waiting in the long grass
By Maeve Harrington
The Galley Head, West Cork
Sleeping it off
Razor Bill portrait
Female Red-backed Shrike
The female resembles male but she is paler and duller. On the head, lower forehead and supercilium are creamy-white, whereas ear-coverts are brown. Crown and upperparts are brown to greyish-brown. The nape is greyish but variable. Rump and uppertail-coverts are greyish. The tail is dark brown or slightly rufous with whitish edges and tip. On the upperwing, the fringes are paler and duller than in male.
The underparts are creamy-white with pale pinkish-buff wash on breast sides and flanks, vermiculated with blackish except on throat and undertail-coverts.
The juvenile resembles female with duller entire upperparts which are mostly rufous-brown to buffish-brown with heavy dark barring. The underparts are more heavily vermiculated. The bill has yellow base.
The Red-backed Shrike was formerly called "the butcher bird", and this name comes from the feeding behaviour of this bird which stores and spikes the recently caught preys on thorny plants or even on barbed wires.
This bird has hooked, hawk-like bill, and like a hawk, it sometimes carries preys in its feet.
The Red-backed Shrike breeds in open woodland with dense thorny cover providing hunting posts and thorny branches for impaling the food items (larders).
La Caleta Beach Cadiz
Il Duomo, Sienna. See feed for photo essay
"God is in the details" proclaimed one of the fathers of modern architecture, Mies Van der Roe, as he contemplated the coming together of steel angles and I beams, concrete, plate glass and bronze cladding. But the 13th century craftsmen and artists of Il Duomo were already at that divine interface centuries earlier.
Muglins Rock, Kish Lighthouse beyond
Viewed from Dalkey Island
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Red Ruffed Lemur
Red River Hog
Male Red-backed Shrike(Lanius collurio)
Handsome small shrike, photographed in Bulgaria. Male distinctive, with blue-gray head, black mask, with a rusty-brown back. Found in open areas with scattered bushes and trees, such as heathland, overgrown orchards, and open farmland with hedges and scattered bushes; especially favors areas with thorny plants on which prey (small birds, large insects, rodents) can be impaled in "larders." Hunts from perches atop bushes and on wires, but at other times is retiring and easily overlooked. Listen for harsh, rough-sounding calls. Song is a rather quiet warble, often with mimicked elements.
Male Red-backed Shrike bathing
Lago Di Landro
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Battersea Power Station reflection
I realise I only put up a couple of photos from my trip to London back in February. Here are a couple of reflection shots from a calm and sunny day.
Laytown Races 2023
Going down to the start
Laytown Races 2023
Although they are the most colourful members of the crow family, jays are actually quite difficult to see. They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover. The screaming call usually lets you know a jay is nearby and it is usually given when a bird is on the move, so watch for a bird flying between the trees with its distinctive flash of white on the rump. Jays are famous for their acorn feeding habits and in the autumn you may see them burying acorns for retrieving later in the winter.
Parliament at Night
A handheld image of the Hungarian Parliament. I was fairly lucky to have not too many people walking past at the time.
Wood Key Entrance
Ireland for the Tourists
Late evening on Coumeenole beach looking out towards the Blasket Islands.
The Lone Cypress Tree, Pebble Beach
A Word In Your Ear
Do Not Remove
Two Looking Left
Kylemore Abbey Landscape
My Stone Collection
early morning walk
fog killiney hill
Across the roof tops
A different view of Mont St Michel
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Croke Park Pitch looks great
Croke Park Pitch Dressed for the next event
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Eniiskerry Co. Wicklow
The River Suir
Taken from Cahir Castle
Kylemore Abbey-Dining Table, Galway
A little Pink, Kylemore Abbey-Walled Garden, Galway
Moon rise over Dun Laoghaire
Poolbeg Stacks in the mist
Carlisle Fort in fog
Something Else (J109) Finish
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Mary Please Take a Message
We have lift Off
A Sunday morning walk...
The Curious Cow
Kylemore Abbey-Walled Garden, Galway
The Long Walk, Galway