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Kilkenny Landscape Photography : Days of rain a Poem By : Vincent Mccarty

A Rainy morning on the lanes. Kilkenny Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Misty Morning on the lane.
Kilkenny Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Days of rain

vincent mccarty
May 11, 2013

i long for the days of rain;
when the air is thick,
the ground is soft,
and my mind is clear.

the drops hitting my skin
are a therapy like no other.

like fire,
they burn through my ropes,
and set me free.

i run from myself,
and fly with the wind.

too soon though,
with the puddles on the streets,
my wings vanish.

and i’m left longing
for the days of rain
once more.

A Misty Day 3

Poetry By Mary Oliver : The Journey

Lifes Journey Photography : Nigel Borrington

Lifes Journey, Callan, County Kilkenny
Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Journey

Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

The Journey bw

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

This Mornings Foggy Dew – Callan , County Kilkenny

The Mornings Foggy Dew Callan, County Kilkenny Irish Landscape Photogaphy : Nigel Borrington

The Morning Foggy Dew
Callan, County Kilkenny
Irish Landscape Photogaphy : Nigel Borrington

Gallery of a foggy morning in Callan, County Kilkenny

Misty fields Callan 2014

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Friary Green Callan 2014

“The Cottage” , with the freedom and the space! , A poem By : JW Harvey

The Red Cottage door Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Cottage door by the lake
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Over the years I have lived in Ireland, there are many places I have visited and stayed, many cottages in remote parts of the country.The one thing most have in common is that they are so remote that for most of the weeks stay it hard to get a mobile phone signal, even for just a simple call or text.

I recently found this great poem by JW Harvey, that I think reflects on the feelings that these problems create, that moment when you realize the world will not end if you cannot get Facebook or even text a friend. What follows for most is putting on your coat and get outside into the real world and your holiday begins.

This is the moment when you realize, its this disconnect you really came for !!!!

The Cottage

JW Harvey,
Sep 25, 2013

I sat by the lake
sipping coffee and feeding the ducks.
In between breadcrumbs,
I dialed his number.
“Your call could not go through.”
I grinned;
Could not, not would not.
Long since the city summers,

Irish cottage lake.

I finally found our stillwater space:
a sense of security that felt
as serene as my remote arcadia,
disturbed only by the footstrokes
of a hungry mallard passing by.
No breadcrumbs for him.

“Call failed.”
Call failed, not I failed,
and I picked apart the stale bagel
to dip in my coffee
and feed to the ducks.

Irish cottage window

A Faithful Old Barn, a Poem By : Laura Lynch

The Barn  Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Barn, Bordeaux, France
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

A Faithful Old Barn

By : Laura Lynch
Apr 28, 2012

Erect and secure, yet weathered and worn
Faithfully it stood surviving the storms.

Cracking and peeling … its colors are muted
Stubbornly standing yet obviously wounded.

Absorbing abuse for those in her shelter
Unobtrusively stands against all ghostly specter.

Kilkenny Photography

Vintage Motor show,  Callan  County Kilkenny Photography : Nigel Borrington

Boys Toys
Vintage Motor show,
County Kilkenny
Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Following images are from a local vintage motor show, held in our local town of Callan each year as part of the towns summer festival.

Its amazing just how much pride is take in restoring these old tractors and Vintage cars, to take them out and show them off each year is clearly a pleasure to these local Farmers and car lovers.

I should name this post “BOYS and their TOYS !!!!!”

Kilkenny Vintage Motor show : Gallery

Boys toys 1

Boys toys 3

Boys toys 4

Boys toys 5

Boys toys 6

Boys toys 7

Boys toys 8

Boys toys 9

Boys toys 2

Irish landscape photography : Monday morning sunrise at the beach – a Poem

Monday Morning at the Beach, Monatray West, Youghal, Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Monday Morning at the Beach,
Monatray West, Youghal,
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Monday morning at the beach

A Monday morning Sunrise at the Beach
the soft breath of the sea air,
tickles your nose.

You feel the cool morning air,
lightly brushing your cheek.

Soft Sun light
surrounds you in a welcoming hug.

The waves nip at your toes,
you can taste the ocean,
while the moon says goodbye.

Light bursts across the beach,
the sky brightens in a joyful smile.

The clouds disappear,
as the sun dances across the waves.

Kilkenny Landscape Photography : The Killamery high cross

Killamery High cross Nov 2014 Kilkenny landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Killamery High cross Nov 2014
Kilkenny landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Killamery high cross

The Killamery High cross is one of the most Iconic high crosses in Ireland, It is used as a model for many of the small high crosses sold across the world as an Irish symbol.

I am very lucky that it is situated in an old graveyard in Kilkenny at Killamery. The cross is one of the western Ossory group of crosses.

The cross stands at 3.65 metres high and the west face of the cross bears most of the figure sculpture. The east face pictured right, is decorated with three marigolds on the shaft and has a boss in the centre of the head surrounded by intertwining serpents with an open mouthed dragon above the boss. The cross is known as the Snake-Dragon cross. The cross has a gabled cap-stone and the narrow sides have double mouldings. At the end of the southern arm of the cross there is a panel depicting Noah in the Ark and the end of the northern arm features four scenes centered around John the Baptist. There is also a worn inscription on the base of the western side of the cross which is said to read as ‘OR DO MAELSECHNAILL’ a prayer for Maelsechnaill. Maelsechnaill was the High King of Ireland from 846 to 862.

The western face has a Sun Swastika at the center and has figure sculpture around the whorl, to the left is a hunting scene and to the right a chariot scene above the whorl is scene showing a figure holding a Baby with another figure to the right of them, below the sun disc is a crucifixion scene. The shaft of this face bears two ornate panels. The top one is a fret pattern and the lower panel is a key pattern.

Kilkenny Photography : Light through the glass windows.

Kilkenny Photography : Light through the Windows. Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Photography : Light through the Windows.
Nigel Borrington

The art of Glass making has always fascinated me, the skill needed to produce glass objects goes back hundreds of years and is a wonderful craft to see performed.

One area that the craft can be viewed at its best is in the making of Stain glass windows, the windows above are located in the modern chapel at west-court, Callan, County Kilkenny. the chapel is round in its structure and uses these colored windows as one of its main light sources during day light hours. I have many images of this great space but for this post just want to show the glass itself.

I very much like the handmade feel and look of this glass, containing many natural defects, these just add to the wonderful effect as the light passes through. The design and the colours used are just amazing to study and bring a great effect into the chapel building.

The Glass blower 1, A Glass blower at The Kilkenny Jerpoint, Glass studios

Glass windows like these are made my hand and by blowing the glass into a bubble then Breaking of the top and spinning the hot glass into a large flat sheet. This flat sheet is then cut into the needed shapes for the design of the window being constructed.

A Wednesday evening Poem and Gallery : Reach

A Morning walk up the hill 1
Images of Ireland
Nigel Borrington


I want to walk with you to the highest peak
then watch your eyes,
gaze out into the night sky
wide with wonder,
as they see the very stars
they hope to one day conquer

Orion 2.

I want you to go and see the sights
you never imagined you’d ever see
Walk along the canals, a swim in the lakes,
Walk down rivers so clear.

River Barrow, County Kilkenny. Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington.

I want you to stand
and reach for the furthest cloud,
grab at the sunshine
and trace patterns in the cold winds from the north

Pagan Elements : Air Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington



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