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When will I see the Bog Cotton again ?

Bog Cotton  Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Bog Cotton
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Each year that comes and goes in the Irish bog-land landscape, for me is marked by the summer Bog Cotton. This amazing grass covers many of Ireland boggy wet lands , on the mountain sides and the low lands of midlands through out the country. Only for the fact that much of the Countries bogs are farmed for peat ( leaving the landscape scraped and scared, with no plant life left ! ) then their would be huge areas in the summer months all covered with white Cotton blowing in the wind.

When Will I see the Bog Cotton again ?

Well Starting from this May and June I hope, and I will be getting lots more pictures and just taking time to appreciate the views it brings !!!

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Its a Wonderful, Wonderful Life in the Killarney National Park

Grounds Keepers House Killarney National Park Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Grounds Keepers House
Killarney National Park
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Life as a grounds keeper at the National Park of Killarney, must have been a hard one at times, however what a life this must have been working and living with these surroundings.

What a Wonderful, Wonderful life !

They say you get use too these views ?

Killarney National Park a Gallery

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The Sound of the Sea, By : Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Imagine the sounds of the sea Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

“The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep”
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

An Image and Poem to sleep too , Sunday into Monday Morning …….

The Sound of the Sea

By : Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;

A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain’s side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.

So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;

And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

Three Poems for Sunday, all with the title “Small town”, Images of Callan, Kilkenny

Callan, County Kilkenny Landscape

Callan, County Kilkenny
Landscape

Three Poems all with the title “Small town”

Small Town

By : Liz Anne

Jul 25, 2012

When I say I want more
Than this small town could offer

When I say I give more
Than this small town asks of me

When I say I’ve loved more
Than this small town could know

When I say I need more
Than this small town wants me to

I mean to say I am more
Than this small town would let me be

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Small Town

By : Rebecca Hattaway

Oct 29, 2012

In her smile I can see something-
something like satisfaction,
or even pride?

that she has everyone fooled
but no one is falling for the bullshit.
Secrets don’t exist here.

It’s a back and forth game,
and she denies it until the end.

Most people play along,
laughing quietly
“Just humor her,
Let her think we buy it.”

Callan County Kilkenny 2

Small Town

By : Silence Screamz

Oct 25, 2014

Small town people
Small town minds
Gossip turn sour
No secrets left behind

Small town girls
Small town boys
Turn off the lights
Lock up your toys

Small town crimes
Small town night
Light up the fires
Creeps into sight

Small town games
Small town sins
Newlywed murders
Takes it on the chin

Small town stories
Small town fairs
Drowning in the lake
Nobody cares

Its the weekend , Time to get out and walk and relax if you can …………

Slieve League  Coastline County Donegal Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Slieve League Coastline
County Donegal
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Its the weekend so I just wanted to share one of my favorite places in Ireland, the coastal mountains of Slieve-League , County Donegal.

This location is one of the most Beautiful spots in Ireland, looking out directly towards county Sligo and its bay and in land along the coast towards Donegal city itself.

Landscape Locations such as this one are just amazing to visit and all so easy to take for granted, when ever I have to leave a spot like this I make an assumption that I will return one day soon, I know just like us all though , maybe not :) .

So it’s the weekend, if you can get outside , visit your most loved places and don’t rush away back home !!!!!!

Four feet Friday !!! , “Four Feet”, by Rudyard Kipling

Four Feet Friday Molly our Golden  retriever

Four Feet Friday
Molly our Golden retriever

This is Molly our somewhat aging but much loved Golden Retriever, Aging very well I am happy to say :)

I took these images while on a walk with her yesterday in some local woodlands and was reminded of this Kipling Poem.

I think he captured so well the love and loyalty that pets bring to our lives and in the last, the memories that they leave when they are no longer able to be with us on their daily walks, of which I don’t think Molly has every mist a day. Mainly because I only need to go near the back door and there she is looking up and sitting down ready !!

I have enjoyed every walk with her four paws – in front and sometimes behind :)

Four Feet

by Rudyard Kipling

I have done mostly what most men do,
And pushed it out of my mind;
But I can’t forget, if I wanted to,
Four-Feet trotting behind.

Day after day, the whole day through —
Wherever my road inclined —
Four-Feet said, “I am coming with you!”
And trotted along behind.

Molly Four feet Friday 2.

Now I must go by some other round, —
Which I shall never find —
Somewhere that does not carry the sound
Of Four-Feet trotting behind.

by Rudyard Kipling

Three Poems all with the title ( Window ), By : Milind Phanse , John David Morris Meriwether and Drew Renquest

Sitting by the window  Photograhy : Nigel Borrington

Sitting by the Garden Window
Photograhy : Nigel Borrington

Window

By : Milind Phanse

I sit by the window looking out
And see myself reflected,
Outside the glass looking in.

Reality and illusion facing off each other,
Or is the window the only reality ?
Separated by two ghosts,
perhaps imprisoning just the singularity

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Window

By : John David Morris Meriwether

I don’t want to get up from my seat,
because every time I walk around,
and sit back down,
I’m a different person.

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Window

By : Drew Renquest

You see so much yet stand so still
To wonder what is out there while dust gathers on your sill.

Such memories that you’ve witnessed but can speak none
I can maybe only recall one.

Craving to wander
I’d gladly trade,

How I would love to sit and watch the
world fade.

Solo images, Tide and time

Solo images  Tide and Time : Nigel Borrington

Solo images
Tide and Time : Nigel Borrington

“But now in the dusk the tide is turning, Lower the sea gulls soar, And the waves that rose in resistless yearning Are broken forevermore.”

How do people see Photography, Commercial or Creative?

Commercial or Creative and Photography ?

Commercial or Creative Photography ?

How do people see Photography and creativity?

During my time here, in the WordPress blogging community the one thing I have loved the most is to see images and posts from around the planet. It is an amazing thing, how quickly you can take this for granted but this is a very recent ability!!

Before the internet with its blogs, you had to visit a book shop and look for international photography publications in order to to see images from other places around the world. These images however as a standard were highly processed and you only got to see a hand full of photographers images.

Personally I have been taking photographs for most of my life and I feel I have a reasonably good idea how this medium can be used, yet its only in recent times that I have attempted to earn some money from images, working with weddings, commercial agencies with landscape images for commercial purposes. I think the oddest job I have been asked to do is to be working in the castle at Enniscorthy, taking pictures of some 7000 historic Irish items from photographs to physical items that go back many years.

As an outsider, attempting to make a living in a small Irish town has not been the most simple of tasks, I have ever taken on in my life, I could tell a story or two for sure ( Things said and done!! ) but I move on very quickly – simple as that !!! :)

I think that the factors I have found to be the most limiting are in the way that local people see the subject of photography itself , photography as a medium locally here is mainly viewed as being for Weddings or for Family pictures , yet I know this not to be the case in many other parts of the world. To myself photography is a socially creative medium, one that can be used for much more than (Babies and Weddings,or is it Weddings and Babies ?) and even more so in current times with digital photography offering so many more options.

Digital photography at the same-time however has created some new problems and it does not relate to the problems that some long standing professional photographers have, in that they would love to be back in the days when they were viewed as something special, with skills that actually anyone could do but just did not want to – Sorry old pro’s but maybe its time to face facts Hay !! , anyone could do what you did and since they all went out and purchased a digital camera they have proved it , filling the world around them with wonderful images !!!

To me the problems that digital photography has created is with the drive for pure image perfection, this is the world of the photography purists who would spend a lifetime trying to achieve the unobtainable so that they can die happy ?

It is not that you should not care how good your image is , its that its not the main factor in taking images at all !!!

Personally I feel that photography as a medium is as artistic as any other art form, to make it artistic however you have to let go of pixel peeking just to check how much detail you have, along with as many areas as you can think of that drive for perfection. Where digital cameras truly come to life is in the hand of a creative mind not a perfectionists one , after all some of the best and most creative photographs in history were taken using cameras from the 1900’s that few today would even dream of using , yet the images they created still standup today!!

Independent Heart, A poem by : Jodie Moore

Independent Heart Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Independent Heart
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Independent Heart

Soft words you spoken
From the heart that is broken

I know deep inside
You have a level of independence
With a mystery of suspense

You are recovering
Waiting for someone
To catch on to the discovering
Of the real you

With a heart so true
Giving of your best
Expecting nothing less

While hurt is making amends
Leaning on loving friends

Accounted for in time you spend
With words you write
Not giving into a broken hearts flight

Staying strong
Carrying others like me along

by Jodie Moore

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