Monthly Archives: April 2022

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196 – Humour

A very late addition to last week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196 – Humour. Apologies to JohnRH of John’s Space for my tardiness.

This little fellow has appeared in our neighbour’s field. His long legs and long ears seem so much out of proportion with the rest of his body, it brings a smile to my face every time I see him. He likes to hide behind the trees.

Donkey foal

Here he is with his mum, and possibly aunty.


Lens-Artist Challenge #195: Colourful Expressions

Today we enjoyed a beautiful walk in Brackloon woods near Westport, Co Mayo. The wood is a Special Area Conservation due to the presence of old oak woodland. It was full of the colours of spring. The woodland floor covered in flowers. Mossy greens , the pink stems of Herb Robert, yellow Lesser Celandine and white Wood Sorrel.

Woodland floor

Here the Wood Sorrel in more detail, and below that the Celandine.

Wood sorrel
Lesser Celandine

Also the delicate white of Greater Stitchwort.

Greater Stitchwort

Among the flower butterflies added further colour and beauty. First the aptly named Peacock and below the Holly Blue butterfly, tiny but like a little bit of sky fliting about.

Peacock butterfly
Holly Blue Butterfly

It does the soul good to immerse oneself in nature for a little while.

Thank you to Anne at Slow Shutter Speed for this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #194 – Bokeh

In this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge, Sofia tells us that bokehis the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.” My 40-150mm lens is pretty good at creating this effect without me having to think too hard about it. Here are a few examples from the last couple of weeks. The first one shows lots of blurry branches from the trees behind – not perhaps the most effective bokeh, but I like the bee in flight.

Bumblebee and bird cherry

The next three have all a green blurred background as spring is here and everything is greening up nicely.

Dandelion seed head
crab apple blossom
Lesser celendine

Thanks to Sofia for a great challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #193 – They Say It’s Your Birthday

Though I am (as usual) coming quite late to this week’s lens artist challenge (#193 – They Say It’s Your Birthday), it appears that Johnbo and I actually share the same birthday. So last Saturday (our shared birthday) was busy ferrying kids to their usual Saturday activities, so we waited till Sunday to complete a lovely birthday walk. It’s great when your birthday falls on the weekend and you don’t have to worry about work!

We went to Union wood in County Sligo.

Blackthorn flowers

The wood is mainly coniferous but there are patches of open heath, and deciduous woodland including an oak wood trail.

Union Wood

And of course a birthday walk would not be complete without some lovely flowers and bees.

And the view from Union rock which overlooks the ox mountains and the sea and Knocknarea is just stunning.

View from Union Rock
View from Union Rock

A big thank you, and belated birthday wishes to Johnbo for the challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #192: Earth Story

This week Amy’s theme is Earth Story. As Amy says “The natural world has many stories to tell. They are written on the ground, in the mountains and rivers, and on rocks and trees.”

Mother Earth is suffering huge biodiversity loss. The photograph below is one of Ireland’s rarest bees – the great yellow bumblebee. It was once widespread across Ireland and now only occurs in the north-west corner of the country.

Endangered Great Yellow Bumble bee

We leave little place for nature.

Nature is pushed to the edges.

Wildflower meadow
Wildflower meadow

We need to take heed, protect the earth and all it’s wonderful resources.

ox-eyed daisy

Love it for what it is – our home