Christmas on the go

When life throws you around like an angry ocean and you are so busy that you have no time to take decent nature photos all you have to do is shoot on the go.

If I can’t take the camera out, I just do it from the car (don’t worry I wasn’t driving) but I simply have to take some photos to keep my soul at peace and I also want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS photos taken in the rain on road from Galway city to Oughterard

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The Church in Oughterard with Christmas lights
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Christmas lights bokeh, Oughterard
hotel and Christmas lights
The square, Oughterard with Lake hotel
the square, oughterard
The square, Oughterard with Lake hotel
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Enjoy from White Gables on the go
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White Gables at Christmas time
night light, Galway city
Night lights in Galway city

Hurricane Ophelia has arrived

Today was a strange day. I had to admit that was my first Red Weather Alert on national level.

So far, we got away with the worst of it I think. It is dark outside, the wind is howling and the rain is rattling on the roof but I believe here in Galway we got lucky.

Everything was closed in the village today except the two main food stores Keogh’s and Londis and we thank those brave people for staying open and saving us all from household emergencies like no more milk, cat food or cereal and eggs.. And of course, let’s not forget the necessary for the moral bottles of wine, beer and spirits!! 

And now that the day is over we can only hope that tomorrow will be a better day. 

Waiting for Ophelia

There is a Red Weather warning here in Ireland today.

What better thing to do than work on my photos while waiting for the weather to go mad outside. For now it is pretty mild, the wind is a bit random and comes from all directions but otherwise nothing else is going on. Believe me, I am not complaining.

We went out to walk the dogs in the forest and just came back. At least this is done for the day. Now we can just wait it out!!

I selected a few images for you today, since Halloween is coming here is something with cobwebs and feeling spooky…

The Hidden Lake

There is this fantastic place tucked deep into Newvillage Woods.

We call it THE HIDDEN LAKE because if you don’t know it is there it just pops out of nowhere between the trees. It is the most amazing site.

Only 1 hour and a 1/2 walk from Oughterard if you feel like walking one gorgeous day.

I am positive most people don’t even know it is there.

So here is a few shots. Some of them are from last autumn and some from the summer.

lake in the forest, Newvillage, Galway, Ireland

Lilies in the twilight

I was pottering about in the garden the other day and I was amazed how pretty the lilies looked in the fading light, right after the late afternoon rain.

Obviously, I had to share!!

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Garden lilies
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After the rain
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Sitting pretty
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Lilies in detail
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A portrait of a lily

Photographer’s worst nightmare

Do you know what is photographer’s worst nightmare?

Well, not being able to take photographs of course. Today the weather was really bad and stormy when I went out to walk the dogs and I decided to leave my camera and even my phone at home.

Bad, bad decision. I regretted it all the time I was out.

I had the most amazing walk!! Yes, the weather was stormy and wet, I got showered twice and I dried out after that but it was absolutely amazing!! I walked on the High road,  just out of Oughterard. The name justifies the view that accompanied my walk till its end and back. You have no idea what Connemara had in store for me today, it was the most amazing of days!!

The dark clouds were flying so low over my head I felt as if I could touch them if I just stretch hard enough. Right above them, there were patches of brilliant blue sky smiling at me while I was getting showered right under. Because make no mistake, the wind was really strong and in a hurry, it really had some urgent business somewhere over the lake.

Still, the air was warm, crisp and shiny, the colours all around me vivid and bright – perfect conditions for nature photography, well, if we forget the constant drizzle flying in all directions at the same time…

I took a lot of photos this morning in my head, yes I can do that, I just wish I can show them to you now. I can see in photos and if I don’t have a camera at hand to do it in reality,  it can drive me crazy …

All I can do now is show you a picture of the dogs sleeping content next to the fireplace because they had a grand time and they were not bothered about photos, on the contrary probably they were happy I had no camera with me – they did not have to wait for me while I stop to take photos every few meters, I am sure it is such a drag for them…

boxers hugging sleeping