Lens-Artist’s photo challenge – Sanctuary


Thanks to Xenia for this week’s ‘Sanctuary’ challenge. Check out her post HERE.

When MB thinks of the word ‘sanctuary’ he immediately thinks of his much-younger-then-her-years mom back in Ireland. COVID days, for the elderly in particular, were and continue to be, tough days. There was a spell some time back when MB’s moms age group were confined to their homes and needed the good deeds of others for daily necessities. Thankfully, MB’s mom received same in abundance.

Her sanctuary has been her garden and the family farm. The land is now rented out for others to farm but the green fields are still available for daily strolls. The house lawn & garden provides a flower and shrub-clad sanctuary to sit and rest, or to plant new additions acquired from a nearby garden centre.

Here’s to you Ma!

The family farmhouse where MB grew up and where mom of MB still resides. MB can’t wait to get home, sooner rather than later he hopes! This pic was taken one cold March 2019 afternoon.

Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge – Delicate Colours


Thanks to Ann-Christine for the ‘delicate’ challenge. A-C’s post can be viewed HERE. Read More

Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge – Pastimes


Thanks to photo guest Sue who set this week’s challenge. You can view her superb shots HERE. And if you like golf (like MB!) then you will love Tina’s post HERE. Read More

Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge – Simplicity


Thanks to Patty for the gorgeous SIMPLICITY challenge. See here effort HERE. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Distance


Thanks to Tina for the distant challenge! Followers can see Tina’s great post HERE.

MB offers 2 pics from a trip home in recent years that both convey distance.

The coastline shot is somewhere in County Kerry in SW Ireland. The sunset shot is from MB’s HX home locality.

From distant Qatar,
Regards to all from MB!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – The Future


Thanks to AC for her Future challenge; well worth a look. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Special Spot Shots


Thanks to Ann-Christine for 2020’s first photo challenge – Special Spot Shots.

MB was back home for Christmas and spent an inevitable morning, camera in hand, at Lough Gur lake. Weather was nice. Beautiful morning.

Herewith:

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Silhouettes


Greetings to all from MB.

A little explanation of the weekly photo challenge before MB gives his offering. The weekly photo challenge was conceived by four lady bloggers/photographers over one year back. Each takes their turn consecutively to post a weekly theme and the rest of the sheep, like MB, then follow suit. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Framing the Shot


Thanks to Amy for this week’s framing challenge.

MB has taken this shot at many different times of the year. It’s the tree that grows in the perimeter of the Grange Stone Circle back in MB’s HX Irish homeland. This shot was taken in December 2018.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Weathered or Worn


AC has set this week’s challenge with her ‘weathered or worn‘ topic.

For the challenge, MB has selected a shot of Boucher’s Castle from his HX homeland, taken on 01 January just past. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – History


Thanks to Patti for this weeks photo challenge.

Fox hunting, by means of horses and hounds, started in England some 500 years ago and has continued to the present day in Ireland and in a number of other countries. It was banned in Scotland in 2002 and in England & Wales in 2005. Interestingly, in these days of Brexit/Northern Ireland Backstop etc, fox hunting is still legal in Northern Ireland. Followers of the Brexit story will be aware that Northern Ireland Unionists are opposed to the backstop as they do not want NI to be treated any differently than the rest of the UK. The ‘fox hunting’ irony is obviously lost on them.

MB was out and about earlier today and caught the below shot from his car window. Being late afternoon, the pack of hounds and their Master were returning home after a day on the chase.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Around the Neighbourhood


Thanks to Tina for this week’s ‘neighbourhood‘ challenge. MB certainly has his work cut out to match Tina’s shots from her spectacular Kiawah Island home!

Below are ten shots MB took when he was home a few months ago for Christmas break. The lake, located in MB’s Irish HX neighbourhood and around which the shots were taken, is called Lough Gur. Followers can check out loughgur.com if they are of a mind to do so. MB readily admits that it’s hard to take a bad shot in his neighbourhood, given nature’s spectacular canvas.

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Shadows


Thanks to Tina for the ‘Shadows’ challenge.

Don’t you just freak when you appear, ghost-like, in your own shot?!!!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Landscape


Thanks to Amy for this week’s challenge. Last week’s actually – MB comes to it a little late!

The below shot isn’t anything to write home about MB guesses. It would never win any photo prizes. It isn’t nearly as spectacular as the many landscape shots that others have submitted for the challenge, if one cares to click and look. Read More

Lens-artists Challenge – Unexpected


Unexpected.

Thanks to AC for this week’s challenge.

As MB came around a bend in the road back in HX at Christmas, he met an unexpected sight:

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