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Coccinella magnifica

The humble ladybird or ladybug if you’re from north America. Found throughout the garden year long the ladybird is a farmers best friend as they feast upon aphids another other herbivorous insects. The name “ladybird” originated in Britain where the insects became known as “Our Lady’s bird” or the Lady beetle. I love the way the face looks like a little skull.

I shot these with a 100mm macro lens. Running around the leaves, I was trying my best to capture it, then suddenly it stopped halfway through to pose for a few close up shots. 🙂

Enjoy

 

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Spring has sprung

You know its Spring when the snow drops and daffodils are starting to come out.

Here’s some snaps from a small forest in Meath.

Enjoy

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Cyanistes caeruleus

So I bought a little bird feeder and stuck it out in the front garden and look who arrived to feast. The Eurasian blue tit is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. These little fellas have a beautiful chripy call and are hard to photograph as they are so quick. Click in and check them out 🙂

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Back out and about

Well, I haven’t posted here in a while as I’ve been adventuring over the summer and have been busy with some other projects of mine.

It was really great to get out with the camera in nature for the first time in ages. Lot’s of beautiful natural things to photograph all around. Some of my favourite subjects to photograph have been mushrooms over the years. They have so much character, grow in the most random spots and look so groovy! If you haven’t seen my other mushroom post check it here. I also caught a really moody looking mushroom-like cloud over the hills!

The barnaslingan woods near shankhill have become some of my favourite to walk around in. With the winter coming in, I’m really looking forward to shooting it when all the leaves are falling and in colour.

Check out some of my favourite shots from the weekend and check back soon for the colourful winter shots!

 

Enjoy

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Trinity campus bird walk

For Trinity week I went on a guided bird walk of the campus.

I had literally no idea there were so many different varieties of birds on campus. All the trees and hidden gardens create a microcosm for the birds to thrive in. Normally you just see the cheeky Seagulls trying to knick people’s lunches or the feral Pigeons bopping around on one gammy leg. We saw Redwings, Robins, Mistel trush (One was in a nest) Blue tits, Willow warblers, wood pigeons, crows, black birds, Wrens and Magpies.

It wasn’t a particularly nice day out but I managed to snap a few different varities.

Click in below to check them out.

 

 

 

 

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Glendalough

Had the pleasure of helping organise a tour of Glendalough in Co. Wicklow with the Trinity college photography society (DUPA). The tour was in conjunction with The light hunters who gave us all tips and tricks to get the best shots on the day

The national park has two main lakes, many waterfalls and historic early Christian sites including a majestic intact round tower.

Here are a few of my choice photos of the day. Click in and enjoy. 🙂

 

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The Dublin mountains

I’ve been hiking up the Dublin and Wicklow mountains the last few weeks trying to explore more of them with friends. It’s such a beautiful place, especially off the beaten track. To think that it’s beauty is there all year round is amazing. I need to make a point of going up there more to relax,take in nature and the views. Click in to view the photos in full.

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Marlay park south Dublin

This park will always have a special place in my heart. Many days spent sitting on the grass in the in the sunshine there. Runs or walks most evenings with so many hidden places to discover. There is  a beautiful court yard with walled gardens which you can enter free of charge. This time of the year is especially nice with the leaves changing colour.

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Deer rutting in the Phoenix park

It was wonderful to catch some of the stags rutting in the Phoenix park last week with the Dublin university photography society. The males had some beautiful well-developed antlers which they were fighting with. A fantastic sight to see first hand.

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Shrooms galore

Tis the season for mushrooms. I was out and about in Marley park this time last year and I came across many beautiful different varieties. Here are some macro shots I got of them. I’m hoping to get out again this weekend and snap a few more varieties