Category Archives: Photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #217 – Opposites

This week it is all about opposites. Many thanks to Tina for this week’s challenge. My first try of “image compare” on wordpress – if you haven’t tried it before, slide bar across to see full image.

Closed – open

Black standing – pale sitting
Spikey – soft

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.

Sunset

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #207 – Seeing Double

This week Jez at Photos by Jez is hosting LAPC – Seeing Double. I too like reflections, and it is always fun trying to get a good frog reflection when the frogs return to our pond in the spring. I still haven’t managed the perfect photo – but I will keep trying.

frog

But I have added another “double” from our recent trip to Wales – this sign hung above a shop and I thought it pretty cool.

double hare

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