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Tramore Beach

Tramore Beach county waterford
Nikon D200, 35mm focal length f2.8 lens, Iso 800
Tramore Beach,
County Waterford

Word list and play:

People, beach, sand, sounds, waves, cars, chips, cans, parking, fun, dogs, running, holes, digging, walking, sitting, looking, sleeping, parents, kids, couples, crying, kicking, ball, boats, boards, paper, bags….

Feel free to add more !

Little Red Tractor

David Brown 990
Nikon d200, nikon 50mm f1.4 lens
The little red David brown
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

So we came across this little red tractor on a long days walk in the Lake District National Park sometime back, it was just sitting out side a farmhouse that had also been converted into a tea shop. We had to stop and take in some food and the views along with this little Red Tractor..

Lake district taking in the view

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

The Hurley Maker at work:

What is Hurling : wikipedia

Kilkenny hurling team : Kilkenny hurling

Hurley Maker 001

Hurley Maker 002

Hurley Maker 003

Hurley Maker 004

Hurley Maker 005


Molly a portrait
Nikon D200, Nikon 24-85mm lens

As part of re-designing my website I came across this image of Molly our 10 years old retrieve,I think she was about five at the time…..

I just had to share it…..

Kilkenny landscape photography

Mist on the kings river kilkenny

Nikon D7000, 50mm f1.4 lens, iso 400
Kings river, kilkenny landscape images
Nigel Borrington

Misty Morning on the Kings river…

The Kings River (Irish: Abhainn Rí), flows through South Tipperary and County Kilkenny. It is a tributary of the River Nore.

It has its source in the Slieveardagh Hills in South Tipperary.It has many tributaries of its own.There are three main tributaries that are not named but are the original sources.One started as a spring in the townsland of Ballyphilip.The two remaining tributaries rise in the townsland of Gurteen. It flows southeast from the hills and crosses into County Kilkenny. It is joined by the Munster River before passing through the town of Callan. It continues eastwards from Callan, past Kells and joins the River Nore west of Thomastown.

Last one for today…

I am about to start re-designing my web site, I need to start thinking about how to rebuild this and my business ideas, who knows what to do at the moment, but here goes anyway!!

Kilkenny landscape images

The old cottage window
Nikon D200, 50mm f1.4 lens, Iso 800
Knockbutton, old cottage window
Kilkenny Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

I took these shots on a walk around Knockbutton, County Kilkenny, early one Saturday Morning.

I feel that the old Family cottages of County Kilkenny are one of the county’s most striking historic features.

Old Kilkenny home

Old Kilkenny farm house

kilkenny farm house
Nikon D200, 50mm f1.4 lens, Iso 800
Old Knockbutton farm house
Landscape photography by: Nigel Borrington

An old Farm house and yard in Knockbutton,County Kilkenny….

Misty Monday

Misty Monday Mornings
Canon G1x
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Misty Morning

In the misty morning
before the sun begins to rise
the world seems at peace with itself
right before our eyes.
No raised voices
to spoil our waking day,
just a sheltered silence
and the world seems
a million miles away.
In the misty morning
before the sun begins to rise.

David Harris

That Misty Monday feeling, you know you have to get going but that track looks really misty on a Monday morning!

So a poem then !

Sunday evenings

In your mind ……

Sunday evenings
Nikon D200
Foothills of Slievenamon,South Tipperary
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Sunday evenings are my favourite time of the week, your mind should be empty at this stage, stripped down, cleared out and ready to go but not yet !

Great Black backed Gull


The photograph in my last post is of the Saltee Islands, County wexford. You can only visit the island via boat and mostly with a wildlife group or on days when the boat is booked with a good amount of people. The island is a wildlife paradise and a photographers dream, you can find almost any position on the cliff tops to setup your camera and the birds will just come to you. However moving to find the type or group of bird is advisable.

The Saltee Islands has over 220 species of birds, these included images are of the Great black backed Gull.

Great Black backed Gulls are the lords of the seabird colonies. They choose the highest vantage points to build their nests. The adults are unmistakable because of their size, jet black wings and mantle, measuring two and a half feet with a five foot wingspan. The massive bill is yellow with an orange spot on the lower mandible. If an intruder approaches the parents call anxiously and the young birds “freeze” in the dense cover and are hard to locate. The parents also will also make low swoops at the intruders head, however they seldom strike. Great Black backed Gulls breed on the island, and are in abundance all year.”

You can only stay on the island for a day as you have to leave on the last boat, this is to protect the environment of the island as birds nest on almost a hundred percent of the ground area and no camping would be possible.

I got some three hundred usable images from this day so will keep posting images along with some information on the wildlife involved….



Its the weekend

Find an island
Fuji X100
The Saltee Islands, St. George’s Channel
County Wexford,
Landscape photography:Nigel Borrington

Its the weekend so if you can find a place with a view and lose your self in it!!

Saltees Island, Gannets

Saltees, Gannets 262

Gannets flying over the Saltees islands, Co Wexford
Nikon D7000
80-300 vr lens
Nigel Borrington

Saltees, Gannets 261
Gannets Roosting, Saltees islands, Wexford
Nikon D7000
80-300 vr lens
Nigel Borrington

Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland

A sense of place (Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland) in eight images

Allihies town view
View of Allihies town
Nikon D7000
Landscape photography ; Nigel Borrington

Allihiies, Co Cork is one of my favourite places to stay In Ireland, We have spent some time here and I think it’s very likely we will return.

Mountains and setting

Allihies locational view

Allihies beach view

Allihies Mountain view

The town is located at the tip of the Beara peninsular, co cork and is just about as remote a place as you can get. The feeling here is of escape and as such is perfect for a week’s holiday.

The Harbour

Allihies Beach view

Copper Mines

The copper mines are the main feature of the town and the museum makes an excellent visit during the week we spent some time in here as it has a great coffee shop with a view of the harbour.

copper mines allihies mine on the hill

old miners cottage above mine

copper mines allihies pan1

I will re-visit Allihies over the next weeks with more posts as it is just a wonderful place

All Images taken on a Nikon D7000, in September 2010

Lough Leane killarney

Looking at the sunset at Killarney

Looking at the setting sun….

These images of the setting sun over Tornies south and Purple mountain, Killarney National park, were taken two years ago on a week’s visit to Killarney.

I arrived about half an hour before the sun was due to set and placed my camera on its tripod. I was attempting to capture every possible moment of the sun as it set behind the mountains on the other side of (Lough Leane) – lower lake.

What I feel I captured is a set of the best sunset images I have ever managed to photograph, the light that evening was just magical as you can see from the images. They contain every possible combination of yellows, blues and purples you can imagine, along with deep dark tones.

I learnt a lot from this 45mins with my camera, but the biggest thing was to keep the shutter going and never think you have the best moment already on your film or card.

When you get the images onto your pc screen or print’s every frame will surprise you….

Looking at the sunset  lower lake Killarney

Lower Lake, Killarney
Nikon D200
Landscape photography by : Nigel Borrington

Thank you ….

Blue Bells
Nikon D7000,
Blue bells from Jenkinstown Park,
Co Kilkenny,
Kilkenny photographer : Nigel Borrington

Since I started posting again on my WordPress Blog, at the start of February this year, I have received over 2600 likes and nearly 300 followers.

So I just wanted to say thank you.

This reaction from yourselves has helped me more than I can say !!!!

Pre-Wedding Photography

The following three images are from a wedding I photographed last year.

I love these moment before the main wedding events, all the preparations are over, the weeks before have passed by and the day is here. Everyone feels more relaxed as nothing more can be done. Its now down to remembering a few lines and enjoying the events.

Pre Wedding leaving the house

Pre Wedding the brides fater and brothers

Pre Wedding the makup session

All images taken on a nikon d700/7000 slr…..

Achill island

A sense of place (Achill island, County Mayo) in ten black and white images ..

I don’t usually post images by themselves but I want these images just to speak for themselves ….

A walk on achill beach

A walk on the beach

Bringing in the sheep

Croaghaun achill island

Keem strand the old shed in the rain

Keem strand the old shed

Keem strand_Panorama

Molly on Keem stand

Molly on the beach

Two Boats

All images taken on a Nikon D7000, set to black and white and in September 2011….

Feel free to add some comments !



The Dandelion

The Dandelion has to be one of the most available of natures plants and flowers during the summer, but according to the following article it can be used as a very effective drug:

By Peter Gail

Suppose your doctor tells you, on your next visit, that he has just discovered a miracle drug which, when eaten as a part of your daily diet or taken as a beverage, could, depending on the peculiarities of your body chemistry: prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice; act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and, at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you. If he gave you a prescription for this miracle medicine, would you use it religiously at first to solve whatever the problem is and then consistently for preventative body maintenance?

All the above curative functions, and more, have been attributed to one plant known to everyone, Taraxacum officinale, which means the “Official Remedy for Disorders.” We call it the common dandelion. It is so well respected, in fact, that it appears in the U.S. National Formulatory, and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union. It is one of the top 6 herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.

According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods” (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. Minnich, in “Gardening for Better Nutrition” ranks them, out of all vegetables, including grains, seeds and greens, as tied for 9th best. According to these data, dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

These figures represent only those published by the USDA. Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe by Gerasimova, Racz, Vogel, and Marei (Hobbs 1985) indicate that dandelion is also rich in micronutrients such as copper, cobalt, zinc, boron, and molybdenum, as well as Vitamin D.

Much of what dandelions purportedly do in promoting good health could result from nutritional richness alone. Vogel considers the sodium in dandelions important in reducing inflammations of the liver. Gerasimova, the Russian chemist who analyzed the dandelion for, among other things, trace minerals, stated that “dandelion [is] an example of a harmonious combination of trace elements, vitamins and other biologically active substances in ratios optimal for a human organism” (Hobbs 1985).

Recent research, reported in the Natural Healing and Nutritional Annual, 1989 (Bricklin and Ferguson 1989) on the value of vitamins and minerals indicates that:

* Vitamin A is important in fighting cancers of epithelial tissue, including mouth and lung;

* Potassium rich foods, in adequate quantities, and particularly in balance with magnesium, helps keep blood pressure down and reduces risks of strokes;

* Fiber fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol, reduces cancer and heart disease

risks, and assists in weight loss. High fiber vegetables take up lots of room, are low in calories, and slow down digestion so the food stays in the stomach longer and you feel full longer;

* Calcium in high concentrations can build strong bones and can lower blood pressure;

* B vitamins help reduce stress.

Throughout history, dandelions have had a reputation as being effective in promoting weight loss and laboratory research indicates that there is some support for this reputation. Controlled tests on laboratory mice and rats by the same Romanians indicated that a loss of up to 30% of body weight in 30 days was possible when the animals were fed dandelion extract with their food. Those on grass extract lost much less. The control group on plain water actually gained weight.

Beyond nutritional richness, however, are the active chemical constituents contained in dandelions which may have specific therapeutic effects on the body. These include, as reported by Hobbs (1985):

* Inulin, which converts to fructose in the presence of cold or hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Fructose forms glycogen in the liver without requiring insulin, resulting in a slower blood sugar rise, which makes it good for diabetics and hypoglycemics;

* Tof-CFr, a glucose polymer similar to lentinan, which Japanese researchers have found to act against cancer cells in laboratory mice; Lentinan is a yeast glucan (glucose polymer) that increases resistance against protozoal and viral infections.;

* Pectin, which is anti-diarrheal and also forms ionic complexes with metal ions, which probably contributes to dandelion’s reputation as a blood and gastrointestinal detoxifying herb. Pectin is prescribed regularly in Russia to remove heavy metals and radioactive elements from body tissues. Pectin can also lower cholesterol and, combined with Vitamin C, can lower it even more. Dandelion is a good source of both Pectin and Vitamin C;

* Coumestrol, an estrogen mimic which possibly is responsible, at least in part, for stimulating milk flow and altering hormones;

* Apigenin and Luteolin, two flavonoid glycosides which have been demonstrated to have diuretic, anti-spasmodic, anti-oxidant and liver protecting actions and properties, and also to strengthen the heart and blood vessels. They also have anti-bacterial and anti-hypoglycemic properties, and, as estrogen mimics, may also stimulate milk production and alter hormones;

* Gallic Acid, which is anti-diarrheal and anti-bacterial;

* Linoleic and Linolenic Acid, which are essential fatty acids required by the body to produce prostaglandin which regulate blood pressure and such body processes as immune responses which suppress inflammation. These fatty acids can lower chronic inflammation, such as proliferative arthritis, regulate blood pressure and the menstrual cycle, and prevent platelet aggregation;

* Choline, which has been shown to help improve memory;

*Several Sesquiterpene compounds which are what make dandelions bitter. These may partly account for dandelions tonic effects on digestion, liver, spleen and gall bladder, and are highly anti-fungal;

* Several Triterpenes, which may contribute to bile or liver stimulation;

* Taraxasterol, which may contribute to liver and gall bladder health or to hormone altering.

These chemicals, individually, are not unique to dandelions, but the combination of them all in one plant, along with high levels of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fiber account for the many claims made regarding the plant.

These claims include the following results of clinical and laboratory research, again as reported in Hobbs (1985):

* A doubling of bile output with leaf extracts, and a quadrupling of bile output with root extract. Bile assists with the emulsification, digestion and absorption of fats, in alkalinizing the intestines and in the prevention of putrefaction. This could explain the effectiveness of dandelion in reducing the effects of fatty foods (heartburn and acid indigestion);

* A reduction in serum cholesterol and urine bilirubin levels by as much as half in humans with severe liver imbalances has been demonstrated by Italian researchers;

* Diuretic effects with a strength approaching that of the potent diuretics Furosemide and Lasix, used for congestive heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver, with none of the serious side effects, were found by Romanian scientists. They found that water extract of dandelion leaves, administered orally, because of its high potassium content, replaced serum potassium electrolytes lost in the urine, eliminating such side effects common with the synthetics as severe potassium depletion, hepatic coma in liver patients, circulatory collapse, and transmission through mothers’ milk;

* In 1979 a Japanese patent was filed for a freeze-dried warm water extract of dandelion root for anti-tumor use. It was found that administration of the extract markedly inhibited growth of particular carcinoma cells within one week after treatment;

* Dental researchers at Indiana University in 1982 used dandelion extracts in antiplaque preparations;

* In studies from 1941 to 1952, the French scientist Henri Leclerc demonstrated the effectiveness of dandelion on chronic liver problems related to bile stones. He found that roots gathered in late summer to fall, when they are rich in bitter, white milky latex, should be used for all liver treatments;

* In 1956, Chauvin demonstrated the antibacterial effects of dandelion pollen, which may validate the centuries old use of dandelion flowers in Korean folk medicine to prevent furuncles (boils, skin infections), tuberculosis, and edema and promote blood circulation.

Also, Witt (1983) recommends dandelion tea to alleviate the water buildup in PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome).

There are many testimonials from those who have benefited from the use of dandelions in the treatment of what ailed them.

Robert Stickle, an internationally famous architect, was diagnosed as having a malignant melanoma 21 years ago, and was given, after radical surgery had not halted its spread, less than 2 years to live. He said, in a letter to Jeff Zullo, president of the Society for the Promotion of Dandelions, (June 23, 1986):

” I went on a search for the answer to my mortal problem, and [discovered] that perhaps it was a nutritional dilemma…. To me, cancer is primarily a liver failure manifestation. {Italians are very concerned about problems of the ‘fegato’]. [I discovered that] the cancer rate in native Italians is very low among the farming population (paesanos). When they get affluent and move to the city, its the same as the rest of civilized man. Paesanos eat dandelions, make brew from the roots, and are healthy, often living to over 100 years.”

He states that he began eating dandelion salad every day, and his improvement confounded the doctors. When he wrote the letter in 1986, 18 years had passed and there had been no recurrence of the melanoma.

Full Article….

Molly, well she should have been an Otter…

Molly the otter

Molly Our Golden retriever just loves to swim, since she was about one year old she is just mad for the water.

If we go for a walk with her and it has not included a dip then she will sit in the boot of the car looking at us as if to say “What about the swim then?”.

I have often wondered just why this is such a strong part of her nature:

Molly the otter swimming out

Well I found this article on the Pedigree website and it helps in understanding why Golden’s love water, and offers advice if you have a Golden retriever…

Golden Retrievers: Born to Swim

We’ve all seen the Golden Retriever at the beach who chases the tennis ball into the surf for hours. We wonder how he is able to get past the breakers, swim with his head above the chop, and manage the strong currents, focused only on getting that ball and dropping it at the feet of his owner.

The answer is in his DNA. Goldens were bred in Scotland in the mid-19th Century to retrieve waterfowl and game birds. The now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel was crossed with Irish Setters, Newfoundland dogs, Bloodhounds, and other water retrievers to create the breed we know today. The result is a strong, highly trainable dog with a water-repellent coat that can easily withstand cold water.

Taking the plunge with your favorite Golden

You’ve probably noticed your retriever’s excitement as he gets near water. His instinctive love of water is so strong, trying to hold him back rarely works-so why not join him? Just keep these water safety tips in mind:

If you’re swimming with your Golden near the ocean, remember that he’s probably ingesting some salt water. Carry an ample supply of fresh water for him to drink so he doesn’t become dehydrated during play.
If your Golden is playing with children in a pool or lake, remind them not to hang onto his collar or drag him down. While he’s a stronger swimmer than most children, there is a risk of him getting pulled under.
Remember, cold water is not the deterrent to your Golden Retriever that it is to you. He could jump into frigid waters, and if he can’t get out, this could spell trouble. Leashing your Golden near deep water is a good idea.

Take these few precautions and you can expect years of enjoyment watching your Golden do what he does best-swim effortlessly and endlessly through the water!

This old white Bog pony

This set of images was taken at (Derryhick, Co.Mayo) above Derryhick lake – where we were staying for a week, I was out walking Molly our Golden retriever when we passed a field on our left.

I noticed this old white Bog pony way in the distance and she really took my attention so here she is, I have come back in my mind to this moment a lot for some reason as I hope she’s good and still walking this amazing landscape.

Bog Pony 10

Bog Pony 20

Bog Pony 40

Bog Pony 1

Bog Pony 100

Nikon D7000
Landscape images : Nigel borrington

I walk at the lands edge

The Lands edge
Nikon D700

Poem by : Kathleen Jamie

I walk at the land’s edge,
turning in my mind
a private predicament.
Today the sea is indigo.
Thirty years an adult –
same mind, same
ridiculous quandaries –
but every time the sea
appears differently: today
a tumultuous dream,
flinging its waves ashore –

Bog cotton
Nikon D700

Nothing resolved,
I tread back over the bog
– but every time the bog
appears differently: this evening,
tufts of bog-cotton
unbutton themselves in the wind
– and then comes the road
so wearily familiar
the old shining road
that leads everywhere

The road
Nikon D700


Its the Weekend …..

Beach sunrise weekend
FujiFilm X100
Glenbeg, Co.Cork
Landscape and Seascape photography : Nigel Borrington

Its the weekend so if you can find a beach, watch the waves roll in and relax….

Empty Old Houses.

Old Kilkenny house

Fuji Film X100

By : David Whalen

Empty old houses can talk…
But one must know how to listen…
to hear them

Empty old houses have stories…
But one must be eager to listen…
to hear them

Empty old houses can suffer..
But one must have empathy …
To feel it

Empty old houses can feel pain
But one must be able to bear it …
To feel it

Empty old houses have memories
But one must believe … that they have…
To share them

Empty old houses contain people’s lives
But one must believe…that they do…
To share them

Empty old houses can seem dead and deserted
But one must know that they’re not..
To know them

Empty old houses can teem with life’s pleasures
But one must walk through
to sense the aura of life

Empty old houses abound in life’s treasures
But one cannot help but…
To admire them

Good Morning Chicken !

Letting out the chickens

I posted earlier in the week about the fact that every now and then we look after a friends farm house while they go on holiday. One of the biggest Jobs is putting the chickens away in the evening, having to collect up everyone of them and shut them in for the night is Great fun!!!

Well we had great fun last night as the head count was a little low, we searched for about 20 minutes until we found her around the back of the sheds hiding as if she knew very well it was the last place we would look.

She was put in for the night and still there this Morning Few!!!

collecting the chickens