Category Archives: Photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #204 Doors/Doorways

I used to have a bit of a fascination for old abandoned buildings, of which there are quite a few in the rural areas of Ireland. Here an old cottage.

abandoned cottage

Here an old shed, possibly still used for some sort of agricultural storage.

Old shed

And another; the door frame remains but there isn’t much left of the building itself.

old door

There is a certainly melancholy about these places, a history lost and forgotten.

Thank you to Syvia at My Colorful Expressions for hosting this week’s Lens artist challenge – door /doorways

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #200 — Every Little Thing

This week, Amy asks us to share little things that makes us smile. Well anyone that follows me will probably guess that I would share a bee photo. They always make me smile.

Common carder bee

Nature is amazing and there are so many tiny creatures to wonder at. Here is one I have shared before. Ladybirds always make me smile.

Ladybird

The other things that makes me smile are chickens. Here is one of my daughter’s silkies. A double smile, because they make her smile too.

Silkie chick

Lens-Artists Challenge #197 – The Rule of Thirds

This week Tina challenges us to the Rule of Thirds.

This morning we were blessed to be visited by this gorgeous Irish hare, one of my favourite animals. Admittedly I had to take the photograph through the window!

Irish hare

Earlier in the week, while exploring a new walk to us we came across an old abandoned house. This old bottle sitting on a dresser caught my attention.

Old bottle

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.

Donkeys

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

Bumblebee

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #188: A Special Place

I have been a regular follower of the Lens-Artists since Patti, Tina, Amy, and Ann-Christine started their weekly challenge and it is a real honour being asked to host one of their weekly challenges.

The theme of this week’s challenge is “A Special Place“. Many of us have a special place; maybe it is a place you like to escape to when you need a break from the ups and downs of the everyday; or it may be just a place you enjoy spending time. Your special place may be a certain room in your house, it may be a place you like to visit, or it may be a building such as a library, museum, or church.

There are many reasons too why a place may be special. It might be a memory that it holds, or the way the light plays in that space, it may be something to do with the way the place feels or smells. It would be wonderful if you could show us the places that are or were special to you and if you can tell us why. I live in the west of Ireland and am lucky to be surrounded by many beautiful places.

In general, though, I am a home bird, so for me my garden is a truly special place. It is somewhere to sit and enjoy, somewhere to garden and find release from the stresses of work.

If I go anywhere, I just love going to the coast. Growing up, I spent many happy summer days with my family, by the ocean on the north-west coast of County Mayo, so maybe it is this that connects me to the sea. Or it might be just the smell of the salt, the feel of the wind in my hair. It is a place where I can always find peace, no matter what the season.

Many thanks to Anne Sandler for her Water challenge. It was so lovely to enjoy all the beautiful photographs and posts.

We hope you will join us this week. We look forward to seeing what makes a place special for you. Please link to my post here and use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you.

Next week, Tina will lead LAPC #189. Her subject is Odds and Ends.

Lens-Artists Challenge #184: Travel has taught me

Travel has taught me that I am a home-bird! I love new places and exploring but I don’t enjoy the getting there. Mostly I have travelled to study or to start a new job, but since I settled back home I am content to stay put. When we lived in the UK I did spend a couple of long weekends in Devon/Cornwall area.

When I did travel I found that no matter where you went nature’s beauty was everywhere.

Sardinian flower

In recent years we have travelled frequently to Wales to see my husband’s family. These trips are always made by ferry.

Crossing the Irish sea

And there is always so much to do and see in Wales; from historical castles to learn about…………………

And gardens to find inspiration.