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Irish flora and fauna

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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Irish flora and fauna

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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Irish flora and fauna Urban

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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Events Urban

Dublin Winter Solstice Festival

The Dublin Winter Solstice festival took place just at the end of December and I’m only getting a chance to go through the photos now!

The lighting of the ceremonial fire took place in DIT Grangegorman, where the Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company also put on story telling, face painting and a ceili.

The fire was light by Slí An Chroí with the flame form the ceremonial sunrise fire at the scared site of Newgrange. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. The sun shines in through a small opening above the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21st, illuminating the entire chamber.

The theater company then put on a short dance show and we all headed in a parade towards Smithfield square. Here the fire was placed down and people were then invited to write what they would like to leave behind and invite in for the new year.

It was a really great event with great energy and fun!

Lets hope the fire listens to my wishes for the new year!

Click in an check out some of my favourite photos from the event.

 

 

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Irish flora and fauna

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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Travel

Edinburgh botanic gardens

Possibly one of the most beautiful, diverse well kept gardens I’ve been to.

So much to see it was information overload. The highlight for me where the giant redwoods they have plants there from the 1800s. Also the massive greenhouses. Walking through each of the different greenhouses microclimates was so interesting. Seeing the coffee plants and cocoa plants were cool! They were fruiting and now I know where two of my favourite foods come from haha.

Here are a few pics of some of the interesting flowers that where in bloom inside the green houses and a cheaky squirrl who came over to us for some food!

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Irish flora and fauna

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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Irish flora and fauna

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. 🙂