Weekly Photo Challenge – Relax


Relax.

MB & daughter MB2 came across this guy on their recent trip to Amsterdam.

A city cycle tour, with MB & MB2 on board, wound its way after some time out to the reclaimed polder farmland, some distance outside the city. Cycle guide Sam stopped the entire entourage in their cycle tracks when he spotted this heron resting, relaxed as you like, on a wooden bridge over a small stream. Faster than anyone could shout ‘grab your SLR’, MB had his 7D ‘click clicking’ and captured a number of shots before Mr Heron flew off to find a more relaxing spot, where annoying camera-guys like MB would not bother him.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Time of Year


Time of Year.

In recent years, MB has been lucky on a few occasions to be home for the Christmas Carol service in his home Church at Grange. On the nights MB has attended, the services have opened with a traditional Irish air called Innisheer (or Inis Oírr in Gaelic).

So, without further ado, here are Grange girls Noreen O’Sullivan on concert flute, and Jade Dillon on keyboard, playing Inisheer (& apologies for posting a video as MB’s effort for the weekly photo challenge!):

Weekly Photo Challenge – Magic


Magic.

MB had a magical 4 days with daughter MB2 a few weeks back in magical Amsterdam. The central canal area of the city is where most of the tourist attractions are located, and was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2010. MB highly recommends a trip to those who have not visited. It’s magic!

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It’s been a week.


Interesting post from an American blogger friend of MB, about the Trump win. Worth a read.

This, that and the other thing

It’s been a week and we’re all still alive.  There’s been deep grieving and deep joy.  It’s time to move on.  Let’s look at a few inconvenient truths about this election and politics in general in the spirit of trying to bring a hearty dash of reason and healing to the table.

If you voted for or against a candidate solely or primarily because s/he is white/black/male/female/other/gay/Hispanic/non-gay/non-Hispanic/Democrat/Republican/Independent/Green Party/Tea Party, etc.,  you’re missing the point and are part of the problem.  I heard in this election “It’s time for a woman to be president.”  Great.  If you voted for Clinton because she’s a woman, (I’m going to use all last names here in the interest of equality), would you have voted for Condelezza Rice?  She’s both woman and black, so you could scored twice.  If you voted for Trump because he’s white, would you have voted for Biden?  Step back, take…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Tiny


Tiny

MB & daughter MB2 attended an exhibition of works by street artist Banksy in Amsterdam last week. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – Chaos


Chaos.

Credit to MB’s 16-year-old daughter MB2 for this shot, taken only yesterday.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Transmogrify


Transmogrify.

“To change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”

MB will not post anything strange or grotesque, but will instead focus on the ‘transform’ element of this weeks challenge.

Our local churches back home at Grange & Patrickswell are almost exclusively used for daytime and daylight activities throughout the year. Living in a very rural location there is no great, or hardly any, need for the opening of the churches after dark, save an occasional evening funeral service.

But at Christmas time each year the churches host Christmas carol services, or midnight masses which are actually on at approx 8pm (an Irish midnight!).

Anyway, it’s interesting to see them in their transformed Christmas state.

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Patrickswell Church

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Shine


Shine.

‘I was blinded by the light’ – Manfred Mann

Earlier this year, MB was trying to get a shot of the trees behind the visitor center at the lake back home. It was early morning and some rain had fallen during the night. The rain clouds had disappeared before dawn and the sun arose to a clear sky.

But on looking towards the trees, MB was completely blinded by the sun’s reflection off something very bright lying on the ground a few meters forward. MB had to shift his position somewhat to see that the sun was actually shining off a rain puddle, that was a leftover from the night before. Made an interesting addition to the shot.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Local


Local.

The view from Ash Point, Lough Gur, Co Limerick, SW Ireland.

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View from Ash Point, Lough Gur

Weekly Photo Challenge – H2O (Nr 2)


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Want to introduce non-Irish followers to Lurgan College in the West of Ireland. The college hosts Irish language summer camps and has become a Youtube sensation in recent years with Gaelic language versions of well-known popular songs.

Their most recent upload is Africa (by Toto), in which H20 plays a prominent part:

Weekly Photo Challenge – H2O


A bunch of people and some elephants messing around in some H2O.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Quest


Quest (noun): A long or arduous search for something.

For MB & daughter MB2 earlier this week, the quest involved a search to locate the various food outlets at the Irish National Ploughing Championships, and avail of the tasty free sample handouts. The 100,000 other attendees on that day each also had their own quests to pursue.

The NPS is Europes largest outdoor exhibition with over 1,700 exhibitors displaying, publicising and selling everything under the sun. Almost 300,000 people visited NPS over the 3 days from 20 to 22 September 2016.

So MB suggests you add the Irish NPS to your bucket list. Even if no interest in ploughing (MB never saw any!) or farming, the NPS is a spectacle on a grand scale that can be enjoyed by all.

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National Ploughing Championship, Tullamore, Ireland. 20 September 2016.

In the misty morning………


First morning home. Top 10:

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Edge


Edge.

Sorento. Italy.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Mirror


Mirror.

Followers of the HX Report will have seen this one before. It’s a shot taken on solstice morning, 21 June 2014, of Knockfennel Hill, which overlooks Lough Gur lake in MB’s HX homeland. MB took the shot in perfect early-morning calm, when there wasn’t a whisper of wind in the air.

The perfectly still lake surface was like clear glass, which provided the perfect mirror for the adjacent hill and the sky overhead. At left of pic, one can see a small white cloud in the sky and its mirror reflection on the surface of the water. The dark tree and its reflection provide some additional contrast to the shot and a point of interest. MBs perfect mirror!

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