Friday, December 12, 2008

The Moon at Morn

No not sunrise but the incredible moon that hung over Dublin this morning at 8am! The pictures hardly do it justice, as we left home it was a large creamy yellow disc, unnaturally clear and hanging low on the horizon as the sun rose. it was a beautiful sight!

Friday, December 5, 2008

out from under

The Top Gear stunt drivers emerge in a tiny sportscar from the belly of a White Van.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Go Faster Stripes

Top Gear at the RDS on Sunday, quite a laugh. I took some shots - although it was nigh impossible in the cramped space and the fact that the bleachers kept shaking didn't help :) But I enjoyed it (Car Footie was the best)


A shot I took several years ago on Sanday Island, Orkney ; a village left to ruin, part of the story of depopulation of the island. In the larger scheme of the island's history it barely registers, a small moment of habitation and abandonment but it's a powerful place nonetheless. The sense of desolatation is palpable. The houses still (largely) stand despite the inhositable climate. There is a sense of community in those tight little boxes, of living cheek by jowl.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Faded Glory

It's been a hectic week. Well, couple of weeks - I turned 40 which was great fun - my husband threw a party for me in the local tennis club, complete with 80s playlist and lots of food. It wsa brilliant. I have spent most of the month of November doing Nanowrimo ( I am hopefully going to finish today, I have less than three thousand words to go, however everyone is choosing today to drive me slowly insane and constantly ask me dumb we'll see.)

I'm busy editing a poetry anthology which also looks like it's going to need some TLC over the next week; and on top of all that is the usual work/life stuff. Oh and Yule/Christmas - which is madness in itself.
Still, it's nice to be busy; I hope to take the camera out over the weekend as we're going to Top Gear at the RDS on Sunday.
There's a great new photography exhibition on at the moment in Stoneybatter at the Joinery - Giita Hammond which we're going to the following Sunday; it opened last night. Really looking forward to it, it's "Vanishing Landscapes" and is centred around the vanishing glaciers of Iceland.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dark Flower

It's such a grey day, I did what I usually do on days like this and searched through the back catalogue for photos that cheer me up. I had forgotten this one, I may even have posted it or a similar one before but hell - this is one of my favourites so I'm posting it.

I've been doing Nanowrimo which is great fun but tends to use up all the time and energy I can spare from work. Also have some poetry coming out this month in an journal and busy editing the PPP first anthology - we hope to have it out just before yule which is ambitious!!

Ah well, time was meant to be squandered and no nicer way to do so than looking through photos...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Crossing a line

And we've definitely crossed into winter. The same trees I was photographing only a few days ago has lost all its leaves now; it's dark when I get up and dark when I leave work. But on the plus side, I'm 40 tomorrow and we're having a party :) :) Light a bonfire against the darkening year, or in my case "years" :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


As I approach forty....
This photograph was taken among good friends, in a remote place (Sanday. Orkney) and reminds me of good times and friendship, my spiritual beliefs, magic, wonder, fun and laughter.
The candlelight and medieval food, lovingly created by a good friend, represents my love of history and joy in the past.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Hallow'een

Well this is Samhain;
Hallow'een for the general public, the eve of All Hallows or the christian feastday of the dead.

Samhain for some of us, the ancient festival marking the beginning of Winter and the need to prepare for the dark half of the year. At Tara and the Hill of Ward fires would have been lit and from these the chains of bonfires across the great central plains and out to the furthest reaches of the country, or so the poets tell us. The gathering at Tara at Samhain brought together clans for horse trading, games, arts, marriages; the ancestors were honoured and the gods, and the chieftains and the fosterings and alliances. Divinations were made, omens examined.

Over the centuries the christian associations (Feast of the saints, all souls) has beome conflated with the original ideals of Ancestor, and the sense of a liminal time. But underneath the games and the ghost stories, you have the ancient and enduring.

I love the ghostly and ghoulish and the mischief; I also love the older philosophies and tonight, I'll be reaching out to my ancestors, as they once did to theirs...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Daisy, Daisy

Still trying to keep the winter at bay by revisiting some summer days :) But It's nearly Samhain, the year is turning and although Autumn is beautiful I can;t help but feel a little cheated because Summer was really a non event. Heigh Ho, have to embrace the cold now - and the fact that a week from Saturday I'll be 40 years of age!
I was thinking of doing a series of posts on things that remind me of being young...or that represent turning 40...if I come up with anything I'll post it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This is how I feel today..

I opened the front door and instead of a rosy Autumnal dawn it was freezing cold, wet and windy; I literally wanted to turn tail and hide under the covers. I feel grey. And cold.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rosy Dawn

A lovely dawn in October, and our really out of season roses!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Snail's Pace

Autumn Leaves

A friend who lives on a rock in the north sea was bemoaning the lack of trees (nothing can grow higher than a hedgerow because of the wind) and asked for photos to remind him of the colours and look of Autumn...this is one I took on the spur of the moment yesterday morning, a pile of leaf litter outside my parents' house. I was pleased that I manage to frame the central leaf, and that it wasn't just a pile of dirty leaves!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Last Rose Blooms

The last rose blooms
in rare weather; it takes
rain and sunshine,
good times deferred
bad days and first frost
and luck; good soil,
good stock.

The fading glory appeals
to older eyes; wiser tastes
applaud and accept
its rich fragility,
the final beauty adorning
our autumn days
with grace.

It weathered spring storms
and summer torrents
the sun's relentless beating
and the shade
until it put forth one perfect
bloom; a memory of days
now past

Other plants wither, decay
give in early to the cold
lose heart at the first blasts
of autumn winds -
Some draw on roots that run
deep into good earth -
and bloom.

Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Last Stand

The unnatural weather has caused my mint to bloom again and we have several small roses in the front garden; but our landlady's little japenese shrub has turned bright red, in a last burst of glorious colour.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Focus Colour

I've always loved those black and white shots where some bits are picked out in colour so while making my Breast Cancer Awareness grpahic I had a chance to practise.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Something I see everyday; the crow stained glass ornament that hangs in our front window. I love crows; and friends tend to give me crow related items. This was bought on a trip to a labyrinth/maze where one can walk a spiral and meditate. The new agery left me cold - I prefer the authentic in ruins to the pretty but prefabricated. However my then flatemate bought me this so it wasn't a wasted trip :)
plus I did realize that when I am filthy rich and have a huge estate (don't laugh, it's only a matter of time before those numbers come up!) I can build my own maze. Mine will have bear pits and mantraps, and maybe some crocodiles.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blue Rose

The devil makes work for idle hands and mine found themselves wandering through gimp and playing ;)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mustard Yellow

I used to have a pair of trousers that very colour in the early 90s. Ye Gods how did I leave the house?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rainy Day in Brussels

We're talking about a return trip to Belgium; my family is mainly from the Bruges area and my husband hasn't seen anything outside Brussels so I think a trip to the greater Flemish region would be great....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Light and Shadow on the Beach

A lot of the shots I took in Sligo especially on Mullaghmore beach, are filled with shades of light and dark, as the sun battled the clouds (luckily the sun won that one day :) )

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I have an affinity for Crows and even my husband has to admit, wherever we go they tend to turn up to say hello. On the shores of Glencar lake a murder flew overhead, then one ofthem spun off and sat on the bench beside me as I took photos of the lake. He kept us company for a good while, then we moved up to the Waterfall carpark - where his mate sat on the wall in front of the car and posed for half a dozen photos. I love the intelligence of crows and you have to respect their place in the food chain :) When we were kids, one Christmas my parents rescued an injured crow whom we nicknamed Max and nursed back to health. My evil sisters released him while I was out one day, leaving me heartbroken because he never got to say goodbye. But since then he's been around in one way or another....

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