We left Dublin early on Saturday to get to the Saltee islands:
The weather wasn’t great: fog and clouds and we weren’t particularly optimistic for the day.
Kilmore Quay, not a great morning as far as weather goes…
The clouds covered the sky almost all morning, until we got onto the islands.
Once we arrive though, the sun decided to show up and we had a beautiful (mostly) sunny day.
A beautiful sunny day
I admit I was afraid I couldn’t do much to get the birds and that they’d be too far away for my lenses… It turns out we could get within a few metres from them, we could almost touch them!
And there were so many…
So many birds… at least the story was different from the movie…
Good day, a few good photos 🙂
Nests… To give you an idea of how close we were, I shot this with a 35mm equivalent…
So. Many. Birds.
Watching the nests
That eye… We almost walked into this guy’s nest… ^_^;
Field of dreams
On the high rock
Watching the sea
A little rest befor going back
Ready to go back
On the way back
Back on the mainland, harbour
Still, there is something I don’t understand:
Why do puffins look so sad? 😦
Results from a quick trip to Donegal 🙂
Old man and pipe
In the streets
Sun, rain and wind 🙂
Ok, ok, I know… It’s been a while since last time…
And now, apparently, Spring has finally come! Temperature is up, the sun is shining in the sky and the jacket hasn’t left the house in a few days…
Anyway, new week, new photowalk.
The group met in the city centre and left to shoot places that were used in the making of movies. Or, at least that was the initial intention… We kinda got distracted walking in Trinity College and ended up just taking advantage of the beautiful day…
Keep off the lawns!!!
In the sun
We spent almost two hours just walking the grounds in Trinity, and then we decided to move towards the City Council building on the quays.
To spice things up, we decided to go through Temple Bar…
A quick break
Mmmmh… ice cream….
Last act was, of course, pints accompanied by a friendly chat…
Pints in the sun
Parents visiting from Italy and a long weekend travelling through Ireland: that’s a good combination 🙂 .
Near Slea Head… Those colours :O
We were even lucky enough to get decent weather, I don’t think the trip would have been very fun otherwise.
From the Blasket centre
The long and winding road
If this doesn’t scream “Ireland”, I don’t know what does…
Slea Head beach
Watching the Ring of Kerry
The views were incredible… pictures can’t capture that…
This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, during which Irish Republican took up arms against the British army.
The celebration included a parade featuring Irish soldiers from many different forces.
We tried to catch a few glimpes of the parade (which wasn’t easy due to the crowd) and here’s part of the result…
At the Garden of Remembrance
Is that the best backpack to wear today?
Those must be a pain to keep clean…
It was a very nice (and cold) day…
I lost count of the number of sesaons we had this weekend, but look at the (double) rainbow!!! If you can’t see the second, it’s on the right… ending on the smokestacks…
Irish Army seal of approval
First year in Ireland, first St. Patrick’s day in Dublin!
‘Stay at home’, they said. ‘It’s going to be crazy’, they said. I didn’t listen 🙂 .
We met at 10 to go see the parade, we were very close to the route it would take. We got even closer, we could have almost touched them… And still we couldn’t see anything…
I have rarely seen so many people just hanging around and having fun (and pints, but mostly fun…).
I even brought my camera, hoping to get some good shots… I shouldn’t have bothered 😀
Still, the best thing to see were the people…
St. Patrick’s attire
Kiss me, I’m Irish
Is that St. Patrick?
And, of course, when everything was over…
It’s been a while since I had the chance to shoot birds, and this week a workshop on falconry provided the perfect occasion to do it again 🙂 .
It was also the perfect occasion to remind how much I miss my long lenses 😦 .
Still, good day, great group, wonderful birds… and a couple of decent pictures…
Time to go…
Barn owl II
Now I need to get a proper lens for this kind of things… 😛
Went out yesterday (last week, as of now 🙂 )… Rain… So much rain…
Even if I was actually out for a very short time I managed to get completely wet (and miserable).
I only managed to get a few snaps around the city centre and of the right2water thing…
Working on a Saturday
Don’t touch my water!
Marching for free water
Definitely Irish 🙂
At the needle
Keeping the streets clean
A smoke in the sun
What a beatiful day!
You’re definitely never boring, Dublin… 😀
Last Saturday we had a short break from the norm (you know… sunny weekdays, rainy weekends… the usual…). The sun came out on Sunday for a few hours (including a brief hailstorm in the middle of the day 😦 ).
Great day to wander the streets and discover new things about the city:
Blue skies in Dublin
Also, good chance to go out on a photowalk with like-minded people and just shoot away…
GPO and spire
Our main subjects were supposed to be streets and buildings, but you know how these things go…
Loking for subjects
Shoot the moon… or the spire…
Possitive kill negative… Whatever ‘possitive ‘ is…
Along the river
A quick ride and a gicarette
A moment of Zen
Drawing the eye
What else to say… Great people, sun (and hail), and photos… A wonderful day 🙂 .
Last Sunday people gathered to celebrate Chinese New Year’s at the CHQ building.
And Sunday means photowalk! So, what else to say but: HERE COMES THE MONKEY¹!
Fancy a cup of tea?
A looooong dragon
Going to battle
Is that the Emperor?
Here comes the monkey!
Follow the monkey
¹as in “year of the monkey”, duh!