CBBH Photo Challenge : Curves in Nature

When hillwalking is your hobby, you come across many curves in nature, usually hills and mountains that you have to climb up and down, and that is where walking poles come into their own, helping to pull you up the steep curves, or slow you down and act as a brake on the way down.

The long road to the top

The long road to the top, Ballyhoura mountains, north Cork

Are we there yet, are we there yet?

Are we there yet, are we there yet?

Sheeps Head, West Cork

Sheeps Head, West Cork

Lake  at the top of the mountain

Curvy Lake at the top of the mountain

Some curves of nature are ‘curvier’ than others, as you can see from the granite rocks in the picture below, taken in Zimbabwe.

Matopos Hills, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Matopos Hills, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Check out these 2 posts that I enjoy, and I hope you will enjoy them also – Meticulous Mick who shares some great photos of everyday things that he comes across, and

Bel’ Occhio’s Blog, a very talented lady who bakes, cooks, gardens, makes crafts, and writing great posts.

To find out more about the CBBH Photo Challenge, and maybe join in the fun, check out and enjoy the great blog East of Malaga

Views of Cork on Culture Night

Friday night was Culture Night all over Ireland, where all public buildings, art galleries, theatres etc., were open to the public, free of charge.   Most places were open till 9 p.m., and provided guided tours, music and song, and even a little wine and nibbles in some cases (always the most popular venues!)

I think that it should be a Culture Weekend, or even Culture Week, as there are so many cool and interesting places to see, some of them only open their doors to the public on Culture Night, and there is not enough time to see everything.  In 3 hours we only managed to visit 4 places which were all very interesting – The Masonic Hall,The Quaker Meeting House, Elizabeth Fort  a 17th century star shaped which was built by the English in 1602, and the world famous English Market, which was first opened in 1862, and was visited by many famous people over the years, and most recently by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, when they visited Ireland about 2 years ago.

I will write about the above places in more detail in the next week, but for now I would like to show you some views of Cork, mainly taken from the top of Elizabeth Fort, off Barrack Street, one of the oldest parts of Cork City.

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge : White and Purple

This week Cee has challenged all aspiring photographers to submit photos which are white and purple, or either colour.   I went through my photos and found a few purple ones, here they are:

The first photo is one of my walking boots and socks, abandoned after a  fairly steep walk in the Dolomites, Italy.    We stopped for lunch, and it was great to sit and relax and wiggle my toes without the constraints of boots.

These boots, and socks, were made for walking

Purple flowers always look very relaxing with the sunshine on them, and the wild flowers and bougainvillea around Lake Garda are very pleasant.

Bougainvillea at Lake Garda

Wild flowers on the mountains

The picture below was taken at a farmers’ market in Knysna, South Africa, with some home grown aubergines (known as eggplant in some countries) and the different shapes and sizes, and the rich colour, make them very interesting.

Home grown Aubergines

My last photo was taken outside the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, where we went to see the Lion King, and thoroughly enjoyed it, in fact the audience was mostly adults when we were there, and everyone loved it.

Grand Canal walkway at night

There are many more great posts in this series, check them out here: http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/09/10/cees-fun-foto-challenge-white-and-purple/

Weekly Photo Challenge : Unusual

In this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, we are asked to show photos with an unusual point of view. Here are a few photos taken on the Zambezi River, in Zimbabwe, at sunset.

Zambezi Sunset

Zambezi Sunset

Usually the sun in Africa goes down very quickly, one minute it’s there,and the next it has disappeared over the horizon, leaving a lovely  glow on the mountains.

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And nearer to home, the town of Kenmare is famous for all the brightly coloured and quaint thatched buildings.

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This last picture was taken near my home a few months ago, with the sheep and young lambs enjoying the sunshine.

For more posts check out :  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/unusual/

Weekly Photo Challenge : One Shot, Two Ways

For this week’s challenge, we were asked to take 2 photos -one horizontal and one vertical – of the same scene.   Here are a few photos I took on Dun Laoghaire pier in Co. Dublin at the weekend.

The first two are of the lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour.

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And anyone that walks along the pier will see the bandstand, sadly there was no one playing music while we were there.


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Weekly Photo Challenge : The World through Your Eyes

This week, I have been experimenting with the various settings on my camera, to get a different look to some of the  photos I take. In line with the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, where we are asked to share a picture that shows the world through our eyes, here are some pictures, seeing things in a different light:


Clonea strand, Co Waterford


Clouding over.


Same beach, different perspective


And finally, a beautiful little church, in the evening light.


East Ferry, Co Cork


An Irish Dresser, and Other Pictures from My Kitchen.

One of the pictures in my kitchen is a big framed poster called ‘An Irish Dresser’ and it’s a picture taken in an old Irish kitchen, of the dresser, or sideboard, which held everything from a needle to an anchor!   This picture is typical of rural Irish life in the 50s, or early 60s, and everything in it has some significance.

At this time, cooking was done on an open fire, on a range or on a paraffin cooker; in any case, the work was very hard, with the cleaning and lighting of the fire often taking place before first light, and with no labour saving devices anywhere, or even thought of.  Water was heated in the same way, over the open fire.  There was no television, and those who had radios powered them by means of batteries.  Light came from oil lamps and candles. and water was drawn from a well, or a pump, and in our house that job fell to me when I was old enough to carry a bucket without spilling half the contents on the way to the house!

This is an overall view of the dresser:

An Irish Dresser (Sideboard)

An Irish Dresser (Sideboard)

It is made of a dark wood, nicely carved, there are 4 open shelves, with 3 drawers underneath, and then some closed shelves at the bottom, and you will see from the open door, that this is where pots and pans were kept.   The bottom open shelf holds a weighing scales with brass weights, a jug of kitchen utensils, fresh bread and fresh eggs (probably newly laid) an almost burnt out candle, a few bottles of beer, a radio, an  iron, a teapot and a tray, and an oil lamp.

The other shelves hold such an assortment of household bits and pieces- knitting, the alarm clock, pictures, more teapots, postcards from America (that was where most Irish people emigrated to, some of them never to see home again), a bottle of cherry brandy brought back from Spain, photographs, the ‘good’ china teaset which was only brought out for special visitors, such as the local priest,  a big bunch of keys, rosary beads, holy pictures, a picture of the Pope, a St. Bridgids Cross, which is made of rushes, and is said to protect a house from fire…. this was a very Catholic country, and religion meant everything to the Irish people 50 years ago.

So much stuff – the kind of things one might find in an antique shop today.

Some of the detail on the shelves

Some of the detail on the shelves

The little red hen wanders in looking for crumbs.

The little red hen wanders in looking for crumbs.

I also have in my kitchen some framed photos of a spice market in Uganda, showing bags of chillies and spices in one photo, and limes, lemons and passion fruit in another photo, such colour and variety, and one can only imagine the different aromas everywhere in the market.

I wonder, in 50 year’s time, will my grand-children write about my kitchen as I have done right now?

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