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Silent Sunday – 19th February 2023
Lens Artists Challenge #235: Shadows and Reflections in Monochrome
This week, Patti challenges us to find monochrome images that feature shadows and reflections. I do enjoy monochrome and should use it more often. So a big thank you to Patti for encouraging me to find my creative vibe this week.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #231 – Favourite Images of 2022
John asks us to choose our Favourite Images of 2022. Some I have divided them into a couple of categories. Firstly (and probably not surprisingly) pollinators.
And then some wildflowers……………………
And finally some places.
Many thanks to John for getting us off to a good start for this year’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #228 – Diagonals
This week, Patti’s challenge asks us to focus on diagonal lines. I have decided to go monochrome.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #227 – Home Sweet Home
Too many places to choose from this week as Tina asks us where would we bring a visitor to our country? I have to narrow it down to our County – County Mayo, west of Ireland.
Firstly it would be our wild Atlantic coast. Always amazing no matter what time of year you visit.
So many beautiful spots to spend a day exploring.
The Mullet peninsula, where I spent much of this summer working, has lots of beautiful coast, but also stunning flora rich machair grassland, buzzing with insects.
Go a little bit inland and you can explore lakes and peatlands.
The woods are small, but perfect places for early spring or autumn strolls.
And just one more – the Great Western Greenway, 44 km of old railway track that you can cycle or walk free of traffic. Perfect any time of year.
Many thanks to Tina for letting us apprecate a bit of home sweet home.
Silent Sunday – 23rd October 2022
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #221 – Flower Favourites and Why
So this week Ann-Christine has set me an impossible task – choose my favourite flowers. I have tried to narrow it down by only including native Irish wildflowers. The why is simple – they are beautiful and they support so much life. It’s a selection of some of my favourites.
First spring flowers – celandine one of the first to show itself; dandelions are just little pots of sunshine loved by pollinators; wood sorrel is so delicate and cuckoo flower so dainty.
If I had to choose one spring flower it would be wild primroses, for the colour and smell, the essence of spring.
Then comes summer. Harebells, for the name and the delicate shade of blue; ox eye daisies as they are big, bright and happy flowers and sea thrift because it appears to grow from rocks.
And if I had to choose a favourite I would cheat and choose a whole flowering meadow.
Late summer and early autumn, there is perennial sow thistles (here with woundwort another lovely pant) and the latest flowering of our wildflowers, devils bits scabious – loved by pollinators.
A big thank you to Ann-Christine for reminding me of the beauties of spring and summer on this dark October day.
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.