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

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: No 10

I found some interesting bridges for Cee’s Which Way Challenge this week.   These photos were taken in Norway on our recent trip.  It might be autumn, with frost at night, but the skies are still very blue in the sunshine.

Bridge between Brevik and Stathelle, Norway

Bridge between Brevik and Stathelle, Norway

Porsgrunn, Norway

Porsgrunn, Norway

Kragero, Norway

Kragero, Norway

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Brown & Sepia

Details on an old lectern

In May this year, I visited Christchurch Cathedral with my brother and his wife, and in the dungeons there are some amazing statues and artifacts, which definitely lend themselves to being photographed in sepia colours.

This was my first time visiting the Cathedral, in spite of having lived in Dublin for a few years in the past, and visiting the city fairly regularly.   It’s true that you sometimes don’t appreciate what’s right under your nose!

These are a few of my favourites from the visit.

My last photo is a vase that I bought in Zambia many years ago, not for it’s beauty, but for its ugliness!   But there is beauty in ugly things also!

Ugly beautiful vase


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/

Swans on the Lake

These beautiful swans,and ducks, live on Rostellan Lake, near Midleton in Co. Cork, and they all looked very peaceful and content together when we visited recently.



Ooops, they chased the ducks away!

All the young cygnets have now grown up, so it’s impossible to tell the parents from the children.



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/

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