Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Trees


Thanks to Ann Christine for her Trees photo challenge this week.


If it’s trees you want, then you should’ve all been hanging out with MB last week in the Matka River Canyon, near Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

They’ve got oodles of trees over there!

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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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The Cliffs of Moher


In 2011 the world voted for the new seven wonders of the natural world from amongst a list of 28 finalists. The Cliffs of Moher was the single Irish entry but it was not amongst the winners. Read More

Random shots from the homeland


Some random shots from MB’s Chrismas trip to his homeland. More to follow:

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Scenes from the homeland – 2


There’s a relatively little-visited hill next to the lake in MB’s HX homeland called Carraig Aile. Read More

Mother Earth Day (22 Apr 2018)


The UN has designated Sunday next, 22 April 2018, as Mother Earth Day and the following is an extract from the related UN site:

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.

MB shot this early morning photo on a Geneva Street (believe it or not!) in March 2017; showing nature against a beautifully intricate and eye-catching background of aircraft pollution.

A truly great shot MB. Thanks, ladies!

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Foto Friday – The Birds


Sticking with the Alfred Hitchcock theme……………..

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent


Evanescent.

For all the thickos like MB out there who do not understand the meaning of the word ‘evanescent’ – it means: soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Ergo, a moment in time, sort of thingy!

MB was around the Lough Derg area of his homeland in recent days and captured a number of shots of the locality. The below, in particular, seems to capture a moment in time for the two individuals in question. A minute or so after taking the shot, the guy at the back of the boat gunned the engine into life and the boat purred off into the distance, the moment in time gone forever.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth


Earth/Nature.

This week Cheri is asking for a scene that honours the outdoors.

Well, in Ireland we have tonnes and tonnes of nature, and tonnes of outdoors, all green and naturey. Is ‘naturey’ a word MB? Did anyone ask that question to James Joyce? MB replies. And quit with the inane questions lads. Pleezze.

Anyway, there is so much nature in Ireland, we can say that nature is second nature to the Irish. That’s clever MB. Yes, MB knows it is lads, now whisht up a while.

Yes indeed, the Irish are boggle eyed from all that emerald greenery. So to liven nature up  a little, and prevent naturey over-familiarisation, the Irish are likely to throw in some music, at a whim, just to help nature out a little.

Here’s an example, from 21 June 2015, at the stone circle in MB’s HX homeland:

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Ireland Trip Photos


MB was back amongst his own two weeks back and was shooting anything that moved. He gives you some random shots from his HX locality:

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Spare


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Lots of HX locals are heading to the Lough Gur lakefront at present trying to capture photos of the (allegedly) 5 new cygnets born to the pair of resident swans last week.  MB was in the locality yesterday with canon-in-hand, not exactly at the lakefront area – but nearby, when he spotted a swan swimming slowly by with – not 5 – but 8 cygnets in tow. MB is not sure if this swan is a totally different one from those at the lakefront area (swans are territorial and tend to stay in their own locality), or it is one of the lakefront swans who has managed to pick up a few spares in recent days!

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Swan & Cygnets @ Lough Gur. 27 May 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract


Abstract.

A brilliant abstract shot of a grassy hill by MB – from which you can extract 4 swans (if you have nothing better to do).

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The 4 Swan Extract/Abstract (by MB)

The Emerald Isle


MB travels home tomorrow for a mini-break. Maybe he will see some sights similar to those below, captured on previous trips.  Read More

Trip Home – The End!


MB is well & truly done with the trip home photos after this one. Read More

Trip Home – Lough Gur


Almost all of MB’s ‘Trip Home’ shots of recent posts were taken around the Lough Gur lake area. But what of the lake itself?

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