Tuesdays of Texture : Week 24 of 2017

 

Roches Point, Cork Harbour

Roches Point Lighthouse

The sea, the grasses, the cloudy sky and the lighthouse – all different textures to make up my Tuesday of Texture!

Wordless Wednesday : A Steep Descent

A long way down

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 13, 2017

Galtee Mountains,Co Tipperary

Hiking in sunshine

I love the tufts of grass –  or maybe there are rocks hidden under some of them – watch where you put your foot!

This was taken on a hike in the Galtee mountains in Co. Tipperary on Sunday, a very long gradual climb (over 450 metres) to a lake nestled near the top of the mountain,  The lake is called Lough Curra, and to get there we followed the old ‘Ice Road’ which was used to draw ice down the valley to the big houses, and there is still evidence of ice erosion from the ice age, close to the lake at the top.

Lough Curra, Co Tipperary

Lough Curra

Here we are, having a break at the lake, before starting down the steep descent again.  About a week ago, we had some snow on high ground, and you can still see the remains of it on the mountain side.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : From Below

Ardmore, Co Waterford

Looking up at the Watchtower, Ardmore

Up above you can see the Gothic style watchtower, dating back to the 1800s, overlooking Ardmore bay, in Co. Waterford.   The gorse/furze bushes are just starting to bloom and brighten up the spring days.

Town Hall, Frankfurt

Cheeky Jester

And this cheeky chappie on Frankfurt Town Hall is looking down on all the tourists!

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Wordless Wednesday : Taking a Hike!

Looking across at the Galtees

Galtee Mountains

Atop : The Daily Post

Main Tower,Frankfurt

These are the views from atop the Main Tower in Frankfurt, the tallest building in Frankfurt at about 260 metres high, and 56 floors high.   Don’t worry though, you don’t have to climb up 56 floors, there are high speed lifts to get you to the top in no time at all.

You will see from the top picture the symmetry of the streets, all laid out in neat blocks, and with many trees and parks that make Frankfurt a very green and open air place, in spite of the skyscrapers in the business district.

And after all that sightseeing, when Nana treats you to a big Ice cream with lots of extras, you are on top of the world!

Yummy yummy!

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 44

Waterford

County Waterford

There is a lot of different texture in this shot of County Waterford and the Knockmealdown Mountains, (even the name is full of texture!)    The heather in the foreground is dying back, with not many purple flowers visible now, and this contrasts with the forest down below, and the farms and hills in the distance.

Here is another photo from our Sunday walk, our group of walkers in single file on the narrow track through the heather, on the East Munster Way

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Co Waterford

East Munster Way

Weekly Photo Challenge : Curve

Coolmain Beach

Coolmain Beach, near Kinsale

When the weather is foggy or misty, the landscape changes and becomes less harsh, more curved and gentle, as you can see in the photo above, taken on a beach near Kinsale on a foggy day.

The Graben, Vienna

Escalator in Vienna

This is one of my favourite photos, people on the curved escalator as it moves them up and down to their destination,

and the curving sails in the photo below, along with the rolling hills of Greece in the background, make this a very peaceful scene.

Sailing away

Sailing away

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Wordless Wednesday : Come for Tea!

abandoned cottage

Abandoned and alone

An Interesting Visit to Beautiful Ballycotton Pier

Ballycotton is a small seaside village in East Cork, known for it’s lighthouse, it’s cliff walk and the lifeboat station.   We visited a few weeks ago, but didn’t have the proper footwear to do the cliff walk, as it was very muddy from recent storms, so instead we wandered around the pier, and found a few interesting shots, like the nets and the lobster pots, and the lifeboat.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Lifeboat Station was first established here in 1858, and over the years has been involved in many rescues, one of the most famous being when the Daunt Rock lightship broke away from her moorings during a storm in 1936.   The seas were so mountainous that spray was flying over the lantern of the lighthouse 196 ft high. The lifeboat, RNLB Mary Stanford (ON 733) was away from the station for 79 hours and at sea for 49 hours; the crew had no food for 25 hours and they only had three hours sleep. The eight crew at the lightship were rescued after the lifeboat went alongside the vessel more than a dozen times. This was one of the most exhausting and gallant services in the history of the RNLI.   

I have written about the Mary Stanford previously here.

A lot of deep sea angling boats leave from this pier also, that is why there were so many nets and lobster pots lying around, either waiting to be taken out to see again, or to be de-tangled, as some of them looked to be in a bit of a mess!

Here is a view of the lighthouse, as seen from the eastern side.

Ballycotton Lighthouse

 

 

 

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