Category Archives: Photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #232 – Looking Back

Sofia’s LAPC this week’s is about – Looking Back. I thought I would look back at my first blogs – it is 1070 posts later. First post was on the 13th March 2014, so nearly nine years ago! I remember being nervous posting it. Sadly no one actually liked it and the two ducks which featured in the post are no longer with us either.

As some of my regular followers will know I am quite fond of bees. My first bumblebee post was on the 15th March 2014 and it was on buff-tailed bumblebees. I had all of four likes and comments.

Buff Tailed Bumblebee

It wasn’t so easy to find my first Lens artist post – but I think it was on the theme of “Wonder” (July 2018), and I posted about our trip to Picton Castle in Wales and it’s beautiful garden. A wonderful place to explore.

Many thanks to Sofia for prompting this trip down memory lane.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #223 – Flights of Fancy

Halloween can send one on all types of flights of fancy. I am not really one for scary things though, like reading horror stories or watching scary films. I like to feel relaxed when I read, not scared. Halloween, with those dark days and the start of November, the darkest of months, everything wet and decaying – and you can understand why the Celts would want to make a festival. Here is the time they believed the netherworld came close to the surface. When the dead could come and visit. I can imagine them telling stories around the camp fire, scaring the “bejasus” (An Irish expression) out of each other.


Everything is just a little bit scary at this time of year. I will be staying inside, and keeping warm. Happy Halloween!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #220 – One Subject Three Ways

Herons are quite shy birds, so I rarely get opportunity to get this close.

Secondly an amazing sculpture (known as the Iron Man) by Maurice Harron, found near Boyle in Co Roscommon.

It is said to be of a chieftain, Hugh O’Donnell “Red”, and his horse, who lead a rebel Irish force against an English force in 1599 called The Battle of Curlew Pass. The English were ambushed while marching through a pass in the mountains, near the town of Boyle.

Many thanks to Patti, for this week’ LAPC challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #219: Treasure Hunt

This week Tina has sent us off on a treasure hunt.

A pet – one of my daughter’s silkie chickens


A moon


Clouds with reflection

Lake reflection

An umbrella

Snowman needs umbrella to protect it from the rain

A truck

Autumn foliage and child

And something found on a walk – beautiful sea smoothed tree

Thanks to Tina for a great challenge that send me to the archives

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #216 – Urban Environments

I am not generally someone who takes photographs in urban areas – but here are a few images from a trip to a small town during our holiday in Wales this summer.

Many thanks to Sofia for this week’s challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #213 – Here Comes the Sun

This week Amy asks is to explore the sun.

I love the sun on water, the way it makes it shimmer and shine.

Achill island from Doohoma, Co Mayo

Without the sun we would not have plants. This one is a native Irish plant called the perennial sow-thistle. But I like to think of it as our own sunflower. They are tall plants – from 80 cm up to 150 cm with these glorious yellow heads and they are loved by bees and other pollinators.

Perennial sow-thistle

With the sun, comes shadows and butterflies too of course.

Wall brown butterfly

And without the sun we wouldn’t have sunsets.


Many thanks to Amy for this week’s lovely challenge.