This is my ‘Vibrant‘ entry, my grand daughter, Caitlin, having fun in the Norwegian snow, all wrapped up in her winter colours, falling down, getting up again, falling down again, and getting covered in snow, and loving it all!
31 Jan 2016 9 Comments
07 Nov 2014 12 Comments
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
Here are my entries for ‘Solitude’, one from West Cork, overlooking Bantry Bay, and my second photo is a beautiful sunset in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, both great places to stop and admire the beauty of nature.
And I couldn’t resist this winter shot of my granddaughter in the first snow of the season last year, though she is probably checking out the best place to build a snowman, rather than enjoying the solitude!
06 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
We all enjoy a little adventure and excitement in our lives, and whether young or old, we all get a buzz from doing something that gives a rush of blood to the head. My first photos were taken in Norway, when we took my grandchildren to a playground so that they could run around and play on the swings and slides and roundabouts. If you are a little more mature for swings and roundabouts, how about some wind surfing or horse riding on some of our beautiful beaches here in Ireland?
Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge
25 Aug 2014 9 Comments
Right in the centre of Oslo, very close to the railway station, is the Opera House. But this is no ordinary building, it’s a marble and glass building, designed by a Norwegian architectural firm, Snohetta, and was opened in April 2008. It has a white sloping marble roof, which allows visitors to walk on the roof and enjoy the views of the Norwegian fjord. It has been described as ‘rising out of the fjord like a giant ice floe’
As well as holding operas (currently showing Madame Butterfly), there are also many concerts, shows, art exhibitions and such like on at The Opera, and the coffee shop serves the most divine hot chocolate, a very welcome drink, especially when it’s cold outside, and you climb up and down on the roof very carefully, because of the ice and snow which can make the marble fairly slippery.
Right next to the Opera House, in the fjord, is a steel and glass sculpture which looks like it is floating in the water. It is on a concrete plinth, but it can move on its axis, and turns with the wind and the tides. The sculpture is called ‘She Lies’ and as you can see, is a most unusual piece which is certainly dramatic!
We took my grandchildren to visit Oslo recently, and this was our first stop, before we got the ‘hop on hop off’ tourist bus to visit the other sights in Oslo. Have a look at the gallery, it gives some idea of the very different and unusual space.
23 Aug 2014 2 Comments
I am not speaking to you!
Another of the wonderfully expressive sculptures by Vigeland at Frogner Park,Oslo
linked to Six Word Saturday
03 Jun 2014 4 Comments
Water is everywhere – well maybe there is not so much of it in the Sahara desert – but it is most necessary for all of us to survive. Our doctors keep telling us to drink water, our gardens and flowers and vegetables need it to thrive and grow,and looking at rivers and lakes has a calming effect on us all. Here are a few watery shots!