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I hope you enjoy the images on this web site, I am a Photographer living in County Kilkenny, Ireland. My posts here on this Blog are intended to share both my Local Landscape and the general landscape of Ireland.

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Glacier, A poem by Christos Andreas Kourtis Nov 30, 2013

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua Irish Landscape  Nigel Borrington

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua
Irish Landscape
Nigel Borrington

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the west of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre over 45 metres deep. It is one of three glacial fjards that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.[1]

On its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, Connacht’s highest mountain, rising to 814 metres. To the south rise the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The area contains some of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.

I visit the Fjord back in January and captures these images, I felt that Christos Andreas Kourtis poem “Glacier” matched the amazing atmosphere here perfectly …..

Glacier

Christos Andreas Kourtis
Nov 30, 2013

Killary Harbour Nigel Borrington 02

Slowly it slides on sub zero waters
trying to find a pathway to the sea
sheet of pure blue and heaven white
lumbers discreetly for aquiline is quite

From the top of the world
frozen fingers reach down
claws frantic on solid ground

No religion no sage
no saviour just age
and the relentless pull of gravity
will take it from mountain to the sea

This sculptress of valleys and dales
and fjords that can be seen for miles
travels without sound
onward bound

By Christos Andreas Kourtis

Killary Harbour Nigel Borrington 03

Digital painting and artwork with mydraw

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During the weekend, I started to use an application called (my-paint), to help with some of the art work that I am starting to work on again.

I first used this application last year and along with a Wacom tablet , I have its great fun to work with.

I love the drawing control the tablet can give, almost as good as using a real pencil or brush and this combined with the pens and brushes available in my-paint, you can make a great start learning line control and layering of both tone and colour.

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Viking Dawn – The Boarding Party, a Poem

Viking Dawn 1 Nigel Borrington

The Boarding Party

Their boat turned in towards us
ready to board our vessel
to take us to their island,
a fastness, craggy, bleak, timeless place.

To winter peat fires, gales, darkness,
weird northern tales of gods and trolls,
black nights seared by bright light curtains,
a violent Viking heritage.

Viking Dawn 2 Nigel Borrington

A place where cold sea and ocean
overturn the crippled sea stacks,
our lives in the boarding party’s
hands and our skilful pilot.

Viking Dawn Nigel Borrington

County Kilkenny, Landscapes images from a cycle

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Cycling Kilkenny

As the new year began in full, I made the decision to get my cycle back on the road for 2016, I have owned this bike for about 18 years and during that time made some great use of it. Over the last few years however I had been using it less and less, so I guess its time to start some new adventures on it.

I finished getting everything back to a good condition, with a service about two weeks ago and have been taking local trips as often as possible during January.

I feel already that it is great to be out on the open road and its good to be able to just stop where you like and take out the camera to get some images, no need for finding a place to park up and you can stop the moment you see something, anything, you want a picture of.

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Monday Poetry : The Rise Of The Blue Swan – andy fardell

The Rise Of The Blue Swan Nature Photography Nigel Borrington

The Rise Of The Blue Swan
Nature Photography
Nigel Borrington

The Rise Of The Blue Swan

He hid in the shadows of his life
For the world hurt him and all that he wanted
A mind shattered into the shards of hurt that burned
His skin at the merest thought

The blue swan laid low
Like a sunset hidden in the midday sun
Or a full moon ready in the depths of the darkest hollow
His time would come
The blossom would break and his beating wings would soon rise
For he was the blue swan
His pen ready yet she was hidden in the clouds of his uncleared mind
A mate for his remainder
Their love
His way

Swan so blue please wake from your bitter
Shine like the kindred spirit you had before the storm
Swan of the day
Love of the night
Your future is waiting
So bright is your fire
The day has come for the blue swan to fly
So beat like the earth on the run
Rise to the mountains
Shout to the sky
Fly
Blue
Fly ..

andy fardell
Feb 23, 2014

Spring in January ?

Spring In January ?

Spring In January ?

This Morning when I opened our blinds I noticed our first Flowers of Spring but In January ?

The weather this winter has been very wet and warm and many people have been saying they have spring flowers already, these are the first in our own garden.

January and some thoughts about Molly

January , Thought on Molly

January , Thoughts on Molly

Molly was our much loved friend and companion for over twelve years, she featured many times here and visited most if not all of the locations that I have posted about.

She sadly passed away at the start of December but she had a great life with a walk everyday and she must have visited Ireland from the top to the bottom of the island during her time.

The places she loved the most always had water for her to swim in, as she loved fetching stones and sticks from the bottom of rivers, bringing them back as a present> she could stay doing this all day if we at some point did not want to move on.

Here I just wanted to share two of the many images I have of her , looking very please with the moments she was enjoying :)

Golden Retriever Molly 2

A January walk along the Hedgerow

January in the Hedgerow Nigel Borrington

January in the Hedgerow
Nigel Borrington

January can seem so quite in the Irish Hedgerows, very little is moving or growing, yet there is still signs of life to be found in the remains of last years summer season.

I took these images at lunch-time while out on a walk, I feel that there is still much to see and capture, even so long after these flowers would have been at their colourful best …..

A reminder of the cycle of life …….

Winters Flowers Nigel Borrington 1

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A Poem for an Archer

A Poem for Archers  Nigel Borrington

A target pinned and solid-seeming
but mine is all in motion
I draw the bowstring back
and farther back
Were I to let it fly would it sink deep?

But now my muscles shake
fingers torn against the string
velocity all poorly aimed
I cannot decipher which target is my own

Can I split this arrow with the force of my own wishes,
shower the sky with a quivering flight,
live out each peculiar path?

Or must I choose now
release my hold
wide-eyed or blindfolded
poised or confused

Images of Ireland, The Connemara Mountains Galway

connemara mountains Irish Landscapes Nigel Borrington

Connemara mountains
Irish Landscapes
Nigel Borrington

At the end of last week I visited the Connemara Mountains in County Galway, one of Ireland most beautiful landscape areas.

The weather was just amazing, changing every ten minutes with heavy showers moving very quickly across the mountains and lakes.

I just love this part of Ireland, the mountains here contain the following ranges ….

Mountains in County Galway

Twelve Bens
The Twelve Bens or Twelve Pins (Irish Na Beanna Beola) is a mountain range in Connemara. Dedicated hill climbers can hike all twelve in a single day. The twelve Bens are a group of small mountains that are the dominant feature of the Connemara countryside. They are easily accessible from the N59 or from the villages of Letterfrack or Recess.

Mweelrea Mountains
Mweelrea rising from the northern shores of Killary Harbour, is one of the finest mountain massifs in Ireland. It may be climbed from Delphi following the ridges to the fjord.

Maamturk Mountains
Mammturk Mountains are a picturesque mountain range in North Connemara. They are less well known than their more famous neighbours, the Twelve Bens on the other side of the Inagh Valley. They are not very big (max 667m) but a pleasant climb in fine weather, with superb views and no congestion.

Mount Gable
Mount Gable (1370 feet) is one of the most beautiful and scenic mountain walks in Ireland. It dominates the isthmus between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask and guards one of the major routes into Connemara from the east. The starting point for a walk is approximately 2km from the village of Clonbur.

Slieve Aughty Mountains
The Slieve Aughty Mountains are a mountain range spread over both County Galway and County Clare. The highest peak in the Slieve Aughty Mountains is Maghera in Clare which rises to 400m (1,314ft). The mountain range consists of two ridges divided by the Owendallaigh river which flows west into Lough Cutra.

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