A Word A Week Photo Challenge : Red

Life Buoys at The Hook Lighthouse, Wexford

Marker Buoys at The Hook Lighthouse, Wexford

 

See more here at Sue’s page

Wordless Wednesday : Are We Too Late for the Theater?

Ruins of the Roman Theatre in Ephesus, Turkey

Ruins of the Roman Theater in Ephesus, Turkey

Terrific Tuesday Trials : Entrances

The theme for last Tuesday’s challenge (phew..just made it) is Entrances, and for this I am going back to that most photographed and photogenic place- Venice – for a few more snapshots.   The first shows a bridge over the canal, an entrance of sorts from one side to the other, as one wouldn’t want to swim across and dodge the gondola traffic, and there are many entrances on show on the side of the bridge also.    The other two photos are of the wonderful architecture around Venice and Lake Garda.

Venice bridge

Venice bridge

St.Mark's Square

St.Mark’s Square

Beautful ornate door

Beautiful ornate door

Have a look at some more interesting entrances over at LenzExperiments

Three’s Company

A little splash of colour

A little splash of colour

Sssshh…..Silent Sunday

Containers : The Port of Cork

This week, the Weekly Photo Challenge has Containers as its subject, and here are a few shots of my home port, the Port of Cork.

The Port of Cork is the main seaport for container ships and cruise ships in southern Ireland, and is a natural harbour and river estuary where the River Lee flows into the sea.   Vessels up to 90 000 tonnes can navigate the deep water of the harbour, whilst closer to the city where the channels get narrower, only vessels up to 60 000 tonnes can enter, this is still a very sizeable vessel carrying a lot of goods.

Many of these big container ships are very dependant on tides, and have very little ‘turn around’ time in port, the Port of Cork provides pilot boats and towing facilities for the big ships, and it is strange to see little tugs manouvering these big ships fully laden with containers.  The very experienced crane operators do a good job of getting the containers off and stacked – like a giant Tetris game – in the shortest possible time!  Maybe it’s a nice job in summer time, but not one I would care to take on when it’s a stormy day!   You can see more about the Port of Cork here

 

Getting ready to unload the containers

A view up the River Lee to  Cork city

A view up the River Lee to Cork city

The route up to the container port is very picturesque, coming up through the channel with Cobh with its magnificent cathedral and the port for cruise ships on one side, and Crosshaven and the Royal Cork Yacht Club on the other side, and Blackrock Castle, almost across the river from the container docks.

Blackrock Castle

Blackrock Castle

Check this link to see more container traffic.

A Photo A Week Challenge : Off Centre

The challenge this week from Nancy at Nancy Merrill Photography is to show some photos that are off centre, here are a few of mine, which were taken in Venice, Italy and Ephesus in Turkey.    Both places are so breath-taking and interesting, and have many photo opportunities everywhere one looks.

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A view of Venice and its many spires

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Poppies growing on a barren dusty corner

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Enjoying the shade and watching the tourists, Ephesus, Turkey

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St. Mark’s Square, Venice

 

Weekly Photo Challenge : Relic

In religion, a relic means the personal effects or  remains of a holy person, and in many parts of Ireland, you come across holy wells, where people come to pray to a saint, or ask him/her for some special grace or healing.   On a trip to County Tipperary we stopped at an old church, which had a lot of very old tombstones,and some of these were so old that the inscriptions had become faded with time.

A very old tombstone

A very old tombstone from the 1800s

and another from 1774

and another from 1774

There was another surprise in store however when exploring this graveyard.   In the very back corner, in the shade of an old hawthorn tree, we found a holy well, dedicated to Saint Sedna.   I must admit I had never heard of St. Sedna, but you can read a little about him here.  He was the founder of a Catholic church on this site way back  in the 12th century, and ironically, the church that now stands on the site is a Church of Ireland (Protestant) church.

The water from the well is said to have healing properties, and when people visit holy wells, they usually bring a piece of clothing from the sick person and hang it on the tree. There were lots of socks, bits of clothing and baby shoes hanging from this tree, so maybe St. Sedna is a good person for healing foot ailments.   There is also a framed poem, St Sedna’s Prayer, by the well, and some people throw coins into the well when they pray for divine intervention.

The Feast Day of St. Sedna is in two days’ time, 18th July, when people gather and pray at the well and the adjoining church, and then have a social gathering in the local communty centre.

 

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