Every year I visit the Saltee Islands, off the coast of Wexford, yesterday was my first visit for this year. It is an absolute treat to spend the day on this Island, listening to the sea and the birds calling to each other. It is possible that you will find one person asleep at some stage during the day as it is such a peaceful place to be. The Saltee Islands are a popular destination with tourists and camera clubs so the ferries to the Island were pretty busy all day. I would recommend visiting the Saltees if you are interested in wildlife or are in the area during the Summer. I have left links below for more information on the Saltees, Kilmore Quay and our camera club (who arranged our outing).
I brought my small camera to Powerscourt Waterfall today, there was a haze in the area due to all the people that were hosting barbecues. We have not had a huge amount of rain recently, which lead to incredibly low water levels. This area is really beautiful and a place that I frequently return too.
Enjoying the sights and sounds of Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford is always a wonderful way to spend a day. It was overcast and the river was at the lowest level I have ever seen it, so certain reflection shots were not possible. The lack of any breeze meant that it was a good day for close up shots of flowers. I have included the website address of the Gardens, should you want more information.
A few weeks ago a friend and I went to Burtown House, it was our second attempt. Last year we drove in the back entrance and very nearly crashed a Wedding. Whoops! This year, we went when it was actually open to the public! We had a lovely lunch in the fantastic restaurant there and then we wandered around the gardens taking photos. I would highy recommend Burtown House as a place to visit, it has an interesting sculpture garden as well as the restaurant and gardens. Burtown is the family home of Photographer James Fennell, who has had his wonderful work published in a lot of books. I have included links to both James’s work and to Burtown House.
A couple of weeks ago, myself and a friend went to Manor Abbey Woods in Kildare to take photos of some Bluebells. Neither of us had been to this woods before, so, it was an interesting trip. I am going to compile a list of Bluebell Woods as it seems quite tricky to find information on any Bluebell Woods. This woods had no wild garlic, which was unusual, as bluebells and wild garlic seem to go together very well. The flowers were out late this year due to the long Winter we had.
I went to a football match, with Offshoot Camera Club, between Manchester United Legends and a local club, Wayside Celtic Legends. I know nothing about football, so, I was looking forward to seeing what photos I could get. It was a glorious day for the good-sized crowd to watch a match. I believe that Wayside play these matches once a year against various Legends Teams from the Premier League, so If I can I might go again next year.
The Cabinteely Petanque Boules Club meet a number of times a week outside of Cabinteely House in Caninteely Park. I attended one of their competitions on Monday last, here are some of the photos that I took. If you wish to try out Boules, I have listed the Facebook page for the Club below.