Already starting one day late I decided to join the November write every day challenge. The content therefore will lack the usual quality which the three people that will read it will forgive me. But this is something I need to do and planned to do for couple years now. By publishing this statement I can’t give up so easily like I usually do. 30 days 30 posts starting tonight.
Few weeks ago we finally manage to organize a hike to the highest peak in Ireland the Carrauntoohill mountain in county Kerry. I have been planning to go for ages now the only problem was to find a day when we are off work and the weather is acceptable.
We arrived at Cronin’s Yard where we left the car and started the hike
Soon enough the path disappeared completely and we had to rely only the basic directions I got from the net the night before. I had certain points with coordinates we had to pass but even I thought the path will be more clear.
I have chosen the O’Shea route with the most scenic views but also higher in difficulty.
After reaching the first flat level the hike became bit more steep…
And then in a typical Irish fashion the weather changed from clear sky to a huge hailstorm and in a matter of minutes the landscape changed slightly and the temperature dropped significantly.
Through an dried out waterfall we climbed to another flat level but the climb was not over…
Almost on top now we took the opportunity to take few pictures as it looks another storm is coming our way. The hike was bit more difficult than anticipated but the view from top was well worth it.
We made it to the top together with a big storm which turned the visibility to zero
Towards the top I managed to rip my pants just when the temperatures reached bellow zero so I was literary freezing my ass off. I hold them together with my scarf for the rest of the hike.
Luckily the weather improved on the way down. But using my phone for navigation and picture taking depleted my battery and I did not bring my big camera with me so I just enjoyed the hike. We took a longer route back but less difficult giving us a chance to see some more of the scenery.
The whole hike took 8 hours after I had to drive for an hour to Cork and going straight for a night shift for another 8 hours. I was really tired but happy tired…
Lately all I manage on my blog is to respond to the Weekly Photo Challenge but at least it is some sort consistency and maybe soon I will be able to post some of my fiction writing as well. Who knows anything is possible.
I was attending an evening class and we were supposed to bring 10 photographs with the theme ‘Nature’. The one condition was that each has to be different (subject, composition, style) and I thought I should have one close up of a flower and these were my 4 candidates
Last weekend we went to Killorglin a small town in county Kerry with lots of abandoned buildings which were transformed for the weekend into exhibition spaces, theater stages and concert halls by artists from all over Ireland. As a part of Camden Palace – an artists community centre in Cork we also took over one such building. I mentioned before that i look after a art house cinema and I was showing some animated poetry film at two. The country around Killorglin is just beautiful so even though we stayed only few minutes drive away from the town we decided to take a scenic detour through Gap of Dunloe. And On the Way we came across few obstacles…
We almost did not make it on time but it was worth the trip.
I am working (or will be – go procrastination) on a series of photographs that capture images as if in a post-apocalyptic world. Whenever I pass a broken down car or a overgrown abandoned lot I have to take a picture. I have this vision for a series but right now I concentrate on my art house cinema and the festival we are creating in Cork so it remains a vision. Hopefully since I publish the plan I will have an incentive to do it.But I do have some images that I could share…taken in various parts of the world. They are not quite making my vision justice but here they are anyway.
Sitting in our homes behind our laptops we feel safe and we often forget that we are moving around the sun 108000 km per hour on a ball made up mostly of seriously hot molten rock. Well until Mother Nature reminds us and then you can’t fly anywhere because a tiny volcano erupts in Iceland. We were lucky that the volcano next to it did not awaken. Katla is one of the biggest volcanoes and together with Hekla, they are the two most violent ones and also the only two out of total 130 (!) with female names. He did not know why… Continue reading The Forces of Volcanoes→
I hope you forgive me that I write another post for this week’s photo challenge. I just would like to share with you this very cool photoshoot my friend David organized to show us how to use multiple flash set up in a studio photography which was very helpful and interesting. Even more so because the model Vera brought her little toy with her – LED hula hoop. And with a combination of flash and slow shutter speed we were able to get some nice images. The ones David did were much nicer of course but I am quite proud about few of mine as well. I felt very professional with all the flashes and remotes, umbrellas and soft boxes and of course a model.
During our recent trip to Costa Rica (which was absolutely amazing btw), there were many things in motion and lots of it was difficult to catch. For example these hummingbirds.
You should see the amount of failed photographs. My girlfriend was already anxious to go, but I needed at least one semi-good one. I read somewhere they are the only bird species that can fly backwards on account of their aerodynamics and wing flatter speed (is that what it is called?). Later I took a night walking tour in the rain forest and we have seen one hummingbird sleeping on a branch. Only its beak was sticking out. The guide said it is because it is so long they could hurt themselves when they would try to tuck it in like other birds do. We obviously did not want to disturb them with flash so no picture.
I did get some practice when still back in Ireland on my girlfriends parrots. (well they are not hers but her housemate left them when she moved to a different country and my girlfriend the all animal lover and protector had to take care of them)
Animals in cages that is just wrong so at least they could fly around but I do not agree with keeping wild animals as pets in general. That is what I liked about Costa Rica, where all animals are state protected and you cannot hunt them or keep them as pets.
And after we explored the rain forest and volcanoes in the end we finally made it to the Pacific.
But all this images are trying to freeze motion in the moment so i will post one final image from the city of Cork where I live which shows the motion in all its beauty.
I am working nights so I am just on my way home when the sun starts coming up. Just before my last turn there is this view of the whole city of Cork but because it is Ireland it took me several days to catch the moment with clouds covering the sunrise.
I heard about the photography club F22 who only shots with aperture set to 22 so that is what I went for as well.
This was something i wrote on a short train ride from Ljubljana to Zagreb using my impressions and information from my short visit to the beautiful city of Ljubljana:
The Girl from the Bar.
The fog falls down on the city of Ljubljana like a blanket every night. The streets look eerie and mysterious. The only sound is our hero staggering on the cobbles towards the centre, his mind floating in a comfortable haze. He is a traveller, mere visitor to the city, on his way to his lodgings. Or so he thought. If there was an observer he would see a guy with a strong build, not really athletic, like a boxer in 1920’s. A George Foreman in his BBQ years. A swish in the air above his head makes our hero to look up and the street lamp illuminates his face for few seconds. He catches a glimpse of a shadow, a huge shadow, which disappears again in the direction he was heading. Continue reading The Girl from Ljubljana→