Photo 101 : Day 16 – Treasure

My grandfather's clock

An old Grandfather Clock at Westport House, Co Mayo.

My grandfather’s clock was too tall for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more

It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died

Read more: Johnny Cash – My Grandfather’s Clock Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

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Photo 101 : Day 11 – A Pop of Colour

For today’s challenge we are asked to show a pop of colour in an otherwise dull landscape, and while looking through my photos taken over the past few days I came across this perfect photo.    I was visiting my grandchildren over the weekend, and my 5 and three quarters year old grand-daughter  (the three quarters is very important) ‘borrowed’ my camera to take some shots of her Barbie, and the results are indeed very  colourful – Barbie outside (as shown), doing the laundry, putting on make up, making dinner etc.,so thank you Caitlin for helping me out today with my homework!

A Bright Pop of Colour

A Bright Pop of Colour

Photo 101 : Day 9 – Warmth

Today is not the best day for taking photos with warmth here in Cork, so instead here is an early morning shot taken recently at the golf club, with the sun tentatively peeping out from under the covers, and wondering if it will get up and shine!

Early morning sun

And this view of  the fertile valley called The Golden Vale in County Tipperary looks wonderful  in the warmth of the sun.

The Golden Vale

The Golden Vale

Photo 101 : Day 8 – The Natural World

Following on from yesterday’s photos of the Drake Sail, this is a shot taken further down the river, at Drake’s Pool, where many boats are moored and sheltered by the natural harbour and the bend in the river,  keeping the worst of the winds from the sea away.

Drake's Pool in the sunshine

Drake’s Pool in the sunshine

Then again, nature is not always kind and serene, and during a very severe storm in Ireland earlier this year, many large old trees like this one were destroyed by the force of nature.

Strong winds

Strong winds

Photo 101 : Day 7 – Landmark

Here are a few local landmarks, great when you want to give someone directions to a new place!   My first is The Drake Sail, on the road from Carrigaline to Crosshaven.   This is a monument to the British Explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who is reputed to have hidden from the Spanish Armada  in the river off Cork Harbour.   The area where he hid is called  Drakes Pool, about 2 or 3 kilometers from the landmark,  half way between the two villages.

The Sail (plus arty graffiti!)

The Sail (plus arty graffiti!)

Looking towards Drake's Pool

Looking towards Drake’s Pool

A few kilometers away in the village of Douglas, is another well known landmark – The Fingerpost Roundabout.  This ‘fingerpost’ has been in place since the 80s,  near the site of the original Fingerpost,which was a wooden structure, and  which seems to have historical significance going back to the 18th century.

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The Fingerpost

The Fingerpost

Photo 101 : Day 6 : Connect

We all connect with people every day, sometimes a good connection, sometimes maybe not so good, but we can never be completely isolated and that is a good thing, and especially as people get older, and possibly  they live on their own,then  they welcome any connection with others to make the day brighter.

I went hillwalking yesterday  in the lovely Glen of Aherlow, in County Tipperary, a beautiful area near the Galtee Mountains.   There was a big group of us on the walk, and it was great to connect with old friends,meet new ones, and catch up with everyone.  This photo was taken about 20 minutes from the end of the walk when we stopped at the Christ the King statue (Ireland has a lot of this type of thing!) – this statue overlooks the Galtee mountains, and whilst we admired the view and had a ‘sus beag’  (little rest), we ‘connected’ some more!

 

having a 'sus beag'

having a ‘sus beag’

Walking on Autumn

Walking on Autumn leaves, homeward bound

 

 

Photo 101 : Day 5 – Solitude

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.

Time to stand and stare

Time to stand and stare

Sunset at Mana Pools

Sunset at Mana Pools

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!

First snow...fun times!

First snow…fun times!

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