Tag Archives: West of Ireland

Tuscan blue

The Belmullet Peninsula on the west of Ireland may not be Tuscany, but under the sun it can be a little bit of paradise too. We had the chance to enjoy a sunny Sunday there recently.

The Peninsula lies on the north western tip of County Mayo, and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Farming and fishing are important. And while there are quite a lot of houses many are holiday homes.

There are many long and sandy beaches to explore……………………….

Plenty of water to have some fun in.

……………..with only a few islands between you and the wide Atlantic ocean.

Stunning scenery all around.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

This walk is part of the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail. Croagh Patrick is a pilgrim mountain here in County Mayo climbed every year by thousands of pilgrims. This Heritage Trial though is a much quieter place and the day I walk this bit of it, I had the whole place to my self.

Part of the walk winds it’s way though a lovely hazel woodland.

Here there is plenty time to take a quiet moment to enjoy the wonderful flowers.


Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

Searching through my archives I came across the photo which I know I shared before, but I thought it fitted this week’s lens-artist photo challenge well.

Well done and thank you to the lens-artist ladies for their 100th challenge:)

North-west Mayo

West of Ireland Roads

County Mayo, in the west of Ireland, is criss-crossed with numerous roads. It is estimated that the county council are responsible for over 6,200 km of roads — 136 km of national primary roads, 271 km  of national secondary roads, 590 km of regional roads and 5,275 km of local roads. Many of these local roads are single track, narrow roads as in the photographs below.

Inspired by Lens artist weekly challenge – narrow

Lens-Artists Challenge #80 – Leading Lines

This week the Lens artist challenge is all about finding some leading lines in our photographs. Here the leading line is pretty obvious – let’s follow the path……



But how about this one – does it work?

shore line

shore line

And is this one stretching the concept too far – do you feel drawn into the photo?

Wild flower meadow

Wild flower meadow


Favourites 2019

Choosing some of my  favourite photographs of the year is not that easy. Where to start?

This image is from January 2019, from the west coast of Ireland. The light on the west  coast is pretty special.

west coast ireland

West coast Ireland

Then daffodils – what is there not to like as they herald the start of spring. I was particularly pleased with this image, which I darkened a little from the original.


Spring also brings blossom – against the blue sky, it just says happiness to me.


And springs brings with it one of my favourite animals, our beautiful bumblebees. I take lots of photos of bees and it is hard to choose one. Here the common carder bee on a vetch flower.

Common carder

Common carder

We were lucky to visit two wonderful places this year. First The Burren in County Clare in late August. I just loved all the wildflowers and limestone landscape and walls.

The second place was Inishbiggle, a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland.


And at the end of the summer my favourite butterfly image.



With the return of autumn and winter we again get that wonderful light along the coast.


And two photos to finish – an abstract.


And a black and white


A huge thank you to the four lens artists (Ann-Christine, Amy, Tina and Patti) who give us the lens artist challenge each week.