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The Lake, an Image and a poem by : Brian F Kirkham

The Lake, Nigel Borrington The Lake, A poem by : Brian F Kirkham

The Lake, Nigel Borrington
The Lake, A poem by : Brian F Kirkham

The Lake

Calm, Clear, Cool -
The lake lies in its hole
whilst wondering in the woods
a fisherman has a goal

Sat on a chair
by the waters, still
he casts out a line
and goes for the kill

His float bobbles in the water,
awaiting a big fish
He’s hoping for a salmon,
for a suppertime dish

Finest lures he bought – on sale
and bait he uses – he hopes – prevail
the lake, keeps hidden, the whereabouts
of the big Salmon, or Lakeland trout.

The lake it seems is calm and still,
fisherman falls asleep until -
the noise under water makes him wake…
the fish are in another part of the lake.

Doneraile Wildlife Park, County Cork

Doneraile Wildlife Park County Cork, Ireland Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Doneraile Wildlife Park
County Cork, Ireland
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Doneraile Wildlife Park, Co. Cork

One of my favorite places to visit in the winter months is Doneraile Wildlife Park, County. Cork.

Its a great location for landscape photography all year around but in December the paths are quite and you get some space and time to yourself. There are many paths to walk and most of them are set beside the many lakes here, giving you a perfect view of some of the wildlife that remains or has arrived for the relatively warmer Irish winter.

The Park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the ‘Capability Brown’ style. Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along the many pathways within the Park. The pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Doneraile Court, the former residence of the St. Leger family, is situated within the Park. It will be opened to the public in the future, following completion of necessary restoration and safety works.

Doneraile Wildlife Park, Co. Cork : Gallery

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Doneraile Wildlife Park County Cork, Ireland Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Landscape Photography

Kilkenny Landscape Photography On the Forest Road Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Landscape Photography
On the Forest Road
Nigel Borrington

Way back in the year, February 2014 our forests here in county KIlkenny lost a lot of their trees due to very bad storms with high winds, it has taken almost ten months to clear most of this damage but the task is almost complete.

While out walking yesterday I noticed that the last of the many forest areas had been cleared of it fallen trees, I guess this is a great point to reach as the job of planting many new trees can now begin.

Kilkenny Landscape Photography, on the forest road : Gallery

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Is a Big Freeze set to grip Ireland ?

Frosty Castle along the river Suir County Tipperary Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Frosty Castle along the river Suir
County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Winter weather predictions 2014/2015

Each year here in Ireland we always get a run pre-Christmas winter weather predictions, some come from a very famous Donegal Postman others from guru Ken Ring, Mostly these predictions are just great entertainment and raise hope of some snow during the dark winter days.

This Morning I read two reports that we are about to be hit with two months of arctic conditions the Article below is predicting a winter as bad as 1963 !!

Well I guess we will have to all wait and see, some snow would be fun but lets hope the weather is not as bad as this report is predicting !!!

From the Irish Mirror :

Ireland could soon be shivering through a repeat of the 1963 Big Freeze – the worst winter for more than 200 years.

A leading weather expert today warned that Ireland and the UK will be hit by an Arctic blast which is set to arrive over New Year and ice blast the region for at least a month. Some parts could be blanketed with up to five feet of snow with daytime temperatures hovering around zero and overnight lows down to a bone-numbing -15C. Forecaster James Madden believes the white-out will rival the infamous winter of 1963 when Ireland virtually came to standstill in a massive freeze-up which lasted nearly three months.

Back then blizzards lashed the country over the Christmas holidays and on New Year’s Eve 1962, 45 centimetres of snow blanketed of the country and several deaths were reported.

Snow fall in Leitrim

The weather expert fears a “colossal” area of much colder than average surface water in the Mid Atlantic will affect the Gulf Stream. This would leave this country and the UK exposed to a prolonged Siberian blast from northerly winds. James said: “This is of quite some significance as the Gulf Stream effectively acts as a heat machine for our shores, in particular, during our winter months.

“Without the influence of this vital heat source, we can expect a horrific winter to develop with frequent blizzards/strong winds and extremely cold conditions.

“During the winter period of 1962/63 the famous big freeze took a hold of the country from around Christmas until the spring of the following year because of a similar situation.

“We could be looking at a very similar time-frame and scale of events this time around.

“I don’t like saying this but the factors are there for an extremely cold spell in January which will possibly extend into February.

More …….

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“Snow on snow”, a Winters Poem By : James Hart

Snow on Snow St Mary's church County Carlow Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Snow on Snow
St Mary’s church
County Carlow
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Snow on snow

By : James Hart

Snow on snow
Flakes gently falling
Like leaves from a tree
Asking permission
Before they land
On the snowflakes underneath
Each one different
Like leaves on a tree
A white carpet
Pure white till soiled
By children’s shoes
They love its touch
Ooo snowball fights
Snow doesn’t hurt
Snow is soft and forgiving
People hurt
They are selfish and cruel
So let it snow
Snow on snow on
Snow on snow

Winter in County Kilkenny, 4 landscape images from a Decembers day.

A Winters Day in December 2014 County Kilkenny Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

A Winters Day in December 2014
County Kilkenny
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

These last few winter days in county Kilkenny have been very changeable, some mornings frosty and others wet and misty, I just love capturing these days.

December here is just wonderful for Landscape Photography with moody skies and misty forest walks.

Four images from a winters day in December: Gallery

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Images of a winters day 4

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Gods our Sun and its Autonomy, a Poem.

Autonomy of the Sun  Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Autonomy of the Sun
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Last Night I sat down and wrote my first Poem for a while, I was sorting through some Landscape Images and found a collection that I took earlier in the year.

These images are all taken Directly into the Sun, I love to play with the effects that the sun can create in a lens.

The subject of the sun in images I also find very inspiring, its our very life force and has fascinated mankind through out our long history, in both art and all the many religions we have followed.

Sometimes I feel that to use your eyes and clear your mind and just look at the landscape in front of you, on a clear day to just look up and the sun is freedom itself ! . In these moments there is no confusion of religion or even Science, Just yourself standing and looking at the world around you !!

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Gods our Sun and it’s Autonomy

As a single cloud floats by and winds coerce,
I desire alone the Sun to have such might and force.

When Gods Command the ageless trees,
a boundless cosmos is all I ask for to see.

Not simply the power of a signal God alone,
But infinite forgiving universal love,
contained forever within time and space.

A completely cosmic power,
open to all and with in the grasp of my simple mind,
open and without fear of a hidden world.

As the Stars stride through horizons and winds twist forests trees,
I only plead to be just as free.

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The River Pollanassa ( county Kilkenny ) and its waterfall in Decemeber : Gallery

River Pollanassa Waterfall Mullinavat County Kilkenny Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

River Pollanassa Waterfall
Mullinavat
County Kilkenny
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

There are many times of the year I love to be down near some of county Kilkenny’s rivers and small lakes, for some reason I find that December is just one of the best times of year to be near water. I love the feeling on a cold days near rivers, walking along in winter clothes, in a hat and gloves. Here you get a sense of how the rivers and their banks change from one season to the next.

These images are of a Waterfall located just outside the small town of Mullinavat, county kilkenny. The great named river Pollanassa which rises at the towns-land of Ballinteskin has in just a few miles gone from being a small stream to a powerful river that can easily flood the fields here after a storm.

The River Pollanassa , Waterfall in Decemeber : Gallery

Kilkenny Rivers in December 03

Kilkenny Rivers in December 04#

Kilkenny Rivers in December 02

Kilkenny Rivers in December 05

A morning walk in December.

December in Ballykeefe, County Kilkenny Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

December in Ballykeefe, County Kilkenny
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

So far the early mornings this week, the first week of December 2014 have been perfect , bright clear blue sky’s, an overnight frost that has melted away by 9am leaving the fields and woodland paths very wet and damp.

One walk with molly I love doing on mornings like this is in Ballykeefe woods county Kilkenny, this is a circular walk around the nature reserve that slowly claiming to a viewing point at the top of the hill, the view here is just wonderful. There is a bench to sit on after the walk and the landscape views below are of all the farms between the these woods and the mountain of Slievenamon just across the county border from county Kilkenny and into county Tipperary.

The images below are from this walk and the last image shows the landscape views from the wooden bench at the top of the hill

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A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 5

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 4

A Morning in Ballykeffe woods 3

Black and white challenge, Allihies copper mines

Allihies copper mines Irish Landscapes : Nigel Borrington

Allihies copper mines
Irish Landscapes : Nigel Borrington

I have been Tagged by Sharon Walters Knight in , Macomb, Illinois on Facebook to take part in a Black and White photo challenge.

I took a good look at some some black and white Landscapes and wanted to post these two images of the Allihies copper mines on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland.

Allihies is just about as remote a place as they come in Ireland !!

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These two black and white images show just one of the pump houses, I think there are about 6 of them still standing around the small village. It was In 1812 when life in Allihies changed utterly as a rich copper deposit was discovered in the area and the biggest copper mining enterprise in Ireland was established by the Puxley family .

The steam engine and pump house took water out from the mine shafts and both lowered the miners into and out of the mines some 250 feet below the hill sides. Its hard to imagine now the life these miners had , many did not live that long doing this work.

The Landscape around the mines is just wonderful with mountains facing the coastline of west cork, again its hard to image how the noise and smell of these pump houses change this location and the site of hundreds of miners returning home after a days work must have been something to see, they shared small homes and mostly 20 of them shared the same small house.

Allihies copper mines in black and white .

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