Daily Post Photo Challenge : Solitude

Shehy Mountains on a cloudy day

Shehy Mountains on a cloudy day

The mountains are a good place to be alone, in solitude, unless of course like me you are part of a 50 strong group on a cold wintry day, all huddled together for company from the biting wind!  There always a chance to stride out on your own though, and enjoy the scenery of the distant hills, and a few isolated cottages in the distance.

Shehy Mountain range, West Cork

Snow on the distant hills.

And if you don’t want to go hiking, there’s always the call of the sea on a calm day.

Kinsale harbour, Co Cork

Lone sail boat

 

Wordless Wednesday : A Glass of Beer with a View!

Kinsale Yacht Club

Vista Coffee Bar, overlooking Kinsale Yacht Club

Daily Post : Dramatic

Kinsale Regatta

Finish line in sight, home made rafts

The two crews are neck and neck coming up to the finish line in the Raft Race during Kinsale Regatta yesterday…which one will win the dramatic finish (and not get too wet in the process)!

Kinsale Regatta

Looks like the guys from Sam’s Bar are winning from the guys in green

Linked to Daily Post Prompt : Dramatic

Travel Theme : Stillness

Greek Islands

A calm harbour

It’s a great feeling at the end of a day on the sea, to come into harbour and tie up, sit on the deck, and enjoy the stillness

Greek Islands

Boats in harbour

And even though there may be many boats, they are all tied up, and will stay where they are, bobbing gently as the waves lap around, until next morning when it’s all go again, anchors up, motors started and off for another day!

Greek Islands

Blue and blue

Check out more posts on this theme

Daily Prompt : Sky

Summer’s here, and that means (most of the time) blue skies and long evenings.   I think that’s not the case in a lot of Europe at the moment though, where it seems to be rain, rain and more rain.

Here are a few blue skies from our recent travels in Greece

The Blue of Greece

The Blue of Greece

Sailing in Greece

Nothing moving, so it must be siesta time.

Sometimes a cloud or two appears in the sky

Sometimes a cloud or two appears in the sky, maybe it’s time to secure the crockery!!

Linked to Daily Post : Sky

Evening Shadows in the Bay!

Sivota, Meganisi Island

Evening time in the Greek Islands

I have just been uploading my photos from a fabulous ten days in the Ionian Sea, sailing ( mainly motoring because of calm waters) around the islands of Lefkas and Meganisi.    It was all a wonderful experience, and I am very proud of the fact that I only felt seasick once, and that was during a rainy, windy and thundery night!

I will do some more posts over the next while, these are just a few shots for now, before I am off to catch up on some sleep after a long day travelling home yesterday, when everything that could go wrong did go wrong!    More on that journey later.

Retsina

Tasting Retsina, a not very pleasant wine exposed to pine resin!

The Blue of Greece

The Blue of Greece

 

We Stand and Watch the World Sail By.

wp-1457290134989.jpg

My friend and I went for a Sunday stroll not too far from home, and on the way we passed an old ruin of a church, it’s called Templebreedy Church, or the Church of Bridget.   This church was built about 1779, and was used for about 150 years, and there had been a church on this site previously, for maybe another 100 years!

This was the view looking out one of the windows, sadly now without glass or window frame, and slowly returning to the earth.    In the foreground of the view is an old Celtic cross gravestone, probably at least 100 years old, and across the mouth of the harbour you can see Roches Point Lighthouse.   This lighthouse stands at the entrance to Cork Harbour, and a lighthouse was first established in this spot almost 200 years ago.

Just imagine, the people looking out this window would have seen many ships sailing to and from the Port of Cork and from Queenstown, later called Cobh.   Cobh was the last stop on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912, before she set sail for New York, and was also the place where the survivors of the Lusitania were brought to in May 1915, when the ship was sunk by a German torpedo not far from here during the First World War.

Let’s hope there were happier times too for the watchers at the window, like the little boats below that were out for a sailing lesson in the shelter of the harbour this morning!

Learning to sail in the calm waters

Learning to sail in the calm waters

 

 

Previous Older Entries

Forty Things...

A blog dedicated to achieving 40 things before my 40th birthday.

Ready to Live Longer

How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life.

Streets of Nuremberg

Street | Urban | Travel | Photography by Marcus Puschmann

Glebe House Garden

My week to week gardening diary

Balance

Everything in life is balance...

Destination: everywhere

Finland, travel, food, sailing and everything in between

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog with a view - on books, music, humour and health

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Fun, Fitness & Photography

Adrian Evans Photography

Sunsets, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture, Vintage, Religious themes and Long Exposure #adrianevans

Take A Hike

Walks and Hikes in Ireland

Real Tasty Pages

You can find me in a Book or a Make Up store!

sonyahlira.wordpress.com/

Texas style, words and photography.

helenebrennan

My paintings, photos and occasional written thoughts about my images. www.helene-brennan.com

Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

My First 10,000 Photos

Capturing What Inspires

El espacio de Chus

Un blog de rebote

Bedlam & Daisies

Seeking the beauty in the midst of chaos

Life at Her Brightest

by Anna Trestain

%d bloggers like this: