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Autumn on the lakes of Killarney

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Images taken using a Nikon D700
Autumn on the lakes of Killarney
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Out on the lakes of Killarney, Autumn time and colours

Autumn time in Ireland is a wonderful time to be a photographer or an artist, the landscape comes alive with colour.

There are many locations to be captured but one place I always think of at this time of year is the lakes at Killarney. It is possible to do boat trips around the lakes here almost all year around and hiring a small boat is great fun.

These images were taken last October time, most are taken from the boat you can see in the first image with some taken on parts of the banks of the lake that would just not reachable with out use of this boats.

It’s great fun to do something like this packing an lunch, loading a camera and tripod in to the boat and just heading off for the day.

The lakes of Killarney, an Autumn gallery

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Sunday evening by the Derriana Lake

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Red tractor, Derriana Lake, county kerry
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Sunday evening at Derriana lake

One Sunday evening during the summer, while visiting Derriana lake, county Kerry, we went for a walk along the local lanes.

We came across this old red tractor resting in a field above the lake, I felt this view reflected Sunday evenings very well.

A tractor, rested during the weekend, but ready to start all over again on Monday morning.

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Its the weekend so…

Find a beach
Images of an Irish weekend
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Its the weekend so why not get outside and find a place to walk in, somewhere like a (beach, river bank, coastal walk, a waterfall or a mountain ).

Stop take in the views and relax……

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It the weekend so find an island and photo the view

its the weekend so find a river bank

Sunset over Slievenamon

Kilkenny landscape photography

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All images taken using a Nikon D700
In a Kilkenny woodland, September 2013, the start of the fall
Kilkenny Landscape and nature Photography, Nigel Borrington

In A September woodland, County Kilkenny

The local Kilkenny woodlands in September are full of colour, the Leafs are starting to turn yellow and fall, their yellow colours are just wonderful.

The start of the Autumn fall, Kilkenny woodland gallery

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A river Suir walk in September.

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All images using a Sigma SD1
The river Suir, Carrick-on-suir, in September
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

A September morning walk along the river Suir brings some wonderfull views.

A light mist is lifting from the water and out of it are visible two of the much locally loved fishing boats, it getting to the time of year when they will be lifted out of the water and repainted but for now they still rest, slowly moving in the rivers flow.

Fishing Boats on the river Suir : A Gallery

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Going up to the Comeragh mountains, a poem by Li Po

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Knocknaree, Comeragh mountains, county Waterford
irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Going up to the Comeragh mountains

Alone Looking At The Mountain

By Li Po

All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other –
Only the mountain and I.


The Comeragh mountains are located in the north west of county Waterford, Ireland, resting above the river Suir as it flows through county Tipperary.

I visit these mountain many times during the year and no day is ever the same, this place can be wonderful in the Summer and wild and unfriendly in the winter months. Ireland is not know for much snow fall, yet at least once a year these mountains will be covered in fresh snow.

This is a very special place, one I love to visit.

These Images are taken during the summer months on a walk upto Knocknaree ridge, which offers some stunning views of county Waterford and on a good day it’s coast line.

Knocknaree, Comeragh mountains, Gallery

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A morning walk on Boats strand, county Waterford

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All images using a Nikon D7000
September morning walk on Boats strand, county Waterford
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

A foggy September morning on Boats Strand

I was up early in the morning and went for a walk on Boats strand, county Waterford.

A mist hung over the Celtic Sea and over the land and cliffs, it was just wonderful, I took lots of images and wanted to share some of them here.

Boats strand, Image Gallery

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The Raven, Curracloe, Co. Wexford

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Images taken using a Nikon D700
The Raven nature reserve, Curracloe, Co.Wexford
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

The Raven Nature Reserve and Curracloe beach

located at Raven Point on the north side of Wexford ( Loch Garman) Harbour, Co. Wexford.

Raven Point is a spit, a type of peninsula created by deposited sand. It is a portion of an area consisting of a series of sand dunes known as the North Slob with views of the Irish sea and the harbour.

The Reserve is located beside Curracloe beach, best known for having featured in the Second World War themed motion picture ‘Saving Private Ryan.’

Raven Point is planted with a forest of pine and other evergreen trees. It is also a sanctuary for birds such as geese and wildlife especially the red squirrel. Seals can also be seen on the beaches and in Wexford Harbour.

A looped walk of the area goes to the tip of the Raven Point spit through the wood and back again via the beach.

It’s a wonderful place to visit for a day and offers long walks and one of Ireland best white sandy beaches.

Raven point a Gallery

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Kilkenny landscape photography

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All images using a Nikon D7000
Landscape of County Kilkenny in black and white
Irish Landscape photography by : Nigel Borrington

A black and white Monday, these images of the landscape around county Kilkenny have been taken over the last three or four years.

I am selecting some landscape work this morning and wanted to share a few of them here.

County Kilkenny in black and white, a Gallery

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Mullins Mill, Kells, country kilkenny
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Mullins Mill, Kells, country kilkenny

One feature of the landscape around county kilkenny is it’s old mills, the main river flowing through the county is the river Nore , the county however also has many smaller rivers, including the Kings river that flows from the Slieveardagh Hills in South Tipperary to the river Nore at stoneyford.

Along many of the rivers in county kilkenny you will find the remains of a once thriving milling industry that has long since stop any production, Most of these building however still stand today and some have been very well perserved.

Mullins Mill (Pictured here) in the town of Kells, has to be one of the best such example

Kilkenny Photography

Frosty Morning at Mullins Mill, Kells, Co.Kilkenny : Nigel Borrington

Autumnal Equinox – Sunday

Sunday evening 22nd Sept 2013
Autumnal Equinox sunset.
Irish landscape photography by Nigel Borrington

Sunday and today marks the autumnal equinox, the time when the day light and dark of the night are exactly equal.

Why is it called an Equinox?

On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”/

The September equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south.

This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year. On any other day of the year, the Earth’s axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun.

So a happy Equinox to everyone !

Its the weekend so….

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Images of Dungarvan, county Waterford, Ireland
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

It’s the weekend so why not find a beach to visit, take a walk and relax.

Take time to notice things you have not seen before, a lighthouse or Herons flying with the gulls.

Take your dog for a walk and throw her a stick or two…..

Gallery of Ballyncourty beach, Dungarvan

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Callan, Autumn and Winter

Friary Green Callan
All images using a Nikon D300
Images of Autumn and Winter in Callan, County Kilkenny
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Callan, Autumn and Winter

The weather here has changed, it’s colder and wetter and starting to feel a little more like autumn.

Winter is just around the corner so I have put together this set of images, they show Callan as it can be in the winter months.

Callan a sense of place : Autumn and Winter

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Gates to St Marys Callan

The Cross in the rain Callan

Kings river Callan

Green street Callan

Snow on callans fair green

Snow on callans hurling pitch

The crows will only grow louder, poem: Laura Breidenthal

The crows will only grow louder
A crow flying in-front of Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Landscape and nature photography : Nigel Borrington

The crows will only grow louder

By : Laura Breidenthal

There is no celestial place for you to guide my thoughts
Can you not see that I am free from you?
I am a crow perched high in the treetops
You will hear my crowing and you may hate it
But, you cannot take away my voice!
Yet still, as fire oppresses forests of life,
You can abuse my freedom to find your glory
You may discard these words for your love of gods,
And in so doing you may simply ignore
All the cries that I so passionately utter

But my infectious species will guide your mind straight back
To that once so lonely treetop where you merely glanced
And there will be multitudinous, oppressing thoughts
That shall enslave you and bind you unwillingly
The crows will only grow louder when you turn away—
When you pretend to ignore with your remaining, strangling pride
For my voice is a production sent from above
Dispatched to judge you pitilessly for your swelling lies!
And the choirs of ferocious beaks shall open forever
Harmony and dissonance as one

Irish Wild-life – Mute swans

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Images taken using a Nikin D700/D7000,
Fujifilm x100
Irish wild-life photography , Swans
Landscape and nature photograhy by : Nigel Borrington

The Mute Swan

Mute Swans

Our largest bird, the mute swan is also the most common swan species in Europe. Its widespread distribution is linked in part to its domestication at various periods in history. These elegant, graceful birds can be seen all year round on lakes, rivers and ponds around the country, even in the middle of our cities. Most of the swans we see today are wild birds, although some, particularly in urban areas, are likely descended from domestic lines and remain semi-dependent on human supplements to naturally available food sources.

The mute swan’s graceful appearance belies a somewhat belligerent demeanour. Adults regularly bully smaller species and in the breeding season the male stakes out a large area of water and defends it aggressively against all-comers. While not strictly mute, the mute swan is a much less vocal bird than the other species of swan found in Ireland, the Bewick’s swan and the whooper swan, both scarce winter visitors. Its repertoire consists mainly of soft grunts, snorts and hisses – with the occasionally feeble trumpet. In flight however the swan is anything but silent: it’s wings create a loud, rhythmic throbbing noise as they beat the air, the rhythm of which is said to have inspired Wagner when composing Ride of the Valkyrie.

Take off is a laboured affair with the swans running across the surface of the water to gain momentum while frantically beating their powerful wings in a struggle to get airborne. Once in the air, however, flight is fast and smooth with slow, powerful wing-beats and outstretched neck. Swans land on the water, skiing across the surface to slow their substantial bulk before settling.

Swan family

On the water mute swans cruise gracefully, their necks held in a characteristic curve not found in other swan species. The male, or cob, is slightly larger than the female, or pen, with a larger black knob at the base of the orange-red bill. Breeding usually takes place on still inland waterways from late April. The pair builds an enormous nest of water plants, sometimes up to 13 feet (4 metres) across, close to the water. Three to eight large blue-grey eggs are laid and the adults will defend the nest aggresively. The sight of an attacking adult is usually enough to keep most intruders away, including people. Reports of human injury from swan attack are greatly exaggerated, although a bird of this size and power is certainly capable of inflicting damage. As a rule of thumb swans on and around the nest site should be left well alone.

Cygnets hatch in 34-38 days, and the female often carries her downy grey offspring on her back, where they can be seen peeking out from beneath her arched wings. The family usually stay together until the following spring, when the aggressive parents will chase off the younger birds as they start to get their white adult plumage. The young birds will take three to four years to mature and can live for up to twenty years.

There are thought to be 20,000 or so mute swans in Ireland. Unlike the Bewick’s swan and whooper swan, which are migratory, the resident mute swan rarely moves far, although individuals have been recorded travelling over 200 miles. During the post-breeding moult and over the winter mute swans sometimes gather in large flocks on certain bodies of water, like lakes and estuaries, where their incessant foraging can seriously deplete limited stocks of aquatic plant life.

The oft-quoted statement that mute swans pair for life is in fact a myth, although it is not uncommon for the same pair to breed in consecutive years. It is, of course, also untrue that if one of a pair of swans dies that the other will soon die of a broken heart.

by Calvin Jones


The first Chestnuts of autumn

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The First Chestnuts of autumn 2013
irish landscape and nature photography : Nigel Borrington

While out on a walk yesterday evening I came across the first Chestnut from the horse chestnut trees, I have seen this Autumn. It was a very wet afternoon but I managed to get these images while sitting underneath my Brolly.

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Ducketts grove, county Carlow

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Images of Duckett’s Grove, County Carlow
Irish landscape photography By,
Kilkenny photographer : Nigel Borrington

A sense of place Ducketts grove, county Carlow

Ducketts grove is described in full on this link.

Here in this post however I just wanted to show a visual sense of this old Castle sitting in the middle of county Carlow, the photographs were taken during the winter of 2010. Its a wonderful place to visit on a late winters afternoon when the tree’s are all stripped of leafs and the ground is hard and cold.

The cold and snow of a winters day, seems to match so well this wonderful abandoned place.

Ducketts grove in twelve images : a Gallery

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Boat-men of the river Suir.

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Fisher men and punts on the river Suir, County Tipperary
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Fishing on the River suir

The walk along the river Suir, County Tipperary is one of the best river walks in the south east of Ireland.

The river is used by many local people during the year but the fisher man are most probably it’s most common visitors, the River is renowned for its game angling, holding both salmon (Salmo salar) and brown trout (Salmo trutta).

I have taken many photographs of the fishermen here over the years alone with the boats they use for their fishing, these boats ( all made locally ) are used more like punts as the have a completely flat bottom and are moved along the river with a pole.


The River Suir from Clocully to Carrick-on-Suir is a combination of deep pools, fast glides and varying widths and depths.

From Clocully to Ballydonagh, a consortium of private landowners control the angling, these are all private fisheries. This stretch also includes parts of the River Tar and River Nire, which contain good stocks of trout of up to 30 cm.

Fishing on the river Suir : Gallery

The boat on the suir

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A roof top view of, Dubrovnik

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All images using a Nikon D7000
rooftop view of Dubrovnik
Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Dubrovnik city walls and roof top views

If you visit the town of Dubrovnik in the region of Dalmatia within Croatia, you just have to walk the walls.

The Walls are a feature of Dubrovnik that run almost 2km around the city. The walls run from four to six metres thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city.

These images were taken one morning in June 2011, while walking the full length around the city, the views of the rooftops and the city that sits on the Mediterranean sea where just wonderful.

The City of Dubrovnik from its walls, Gallery

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Monday morning – Sail boats on lake Windermere

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Sail boats on Lake Windermere
Landscape photography by : Nigel Borrington

Monday Morning on Windermere

One September sometime ago, along with some friends we all hired a boat on Lake Windermere in The lake District.

I remember very well waking up on the first Monday morning, we had arrived late Saturday afternoon after a long drive up from north London. It had started to rain the moment we got out of the car and continued all of the day Sunday.

In a small boat you can hear every drop of rain but I remember waking on the Monday morning only to the sound of gulls and other birds.

I opened the door of the boat and this is the view I got, early morning mist still sitting on the surface of the lake but the sun was burning it’s way slowly through. The rest of the week was one of the best September weeks, weather wise – that you could have wished for.

Sailing On lake Windermere, well it’s is just one of the best holidays you can have.

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The weekend on Windermere

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Sunday evening at Galway bay, a fishing boat.

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Images taken using a Nikon D700
A Fishing boat at Galway bay
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Sunday evening at Galway bay

One Sunday evening last year while visiting Galway bay, we went for a walk along the shoreline.

We came across this fishing boat resting in a small bay, I felt this image pictures Sunday evening very well.

Rested during the weekend, but ready to start again on Monday morning, just not yet !

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Its the weekend so……

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All images, using a nikon Dslr.
Allihies, west cork
Irish landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Its the weekend so why not find a coastal village to stay in, take time to look at the views, watch the sun go down and relax ……..

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James Hoban – Spirit of place

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Nikon D7000 and Sigma SD15
Spirit of place, James Hoban Memorial, Callan county Kilkenny
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

James Hoban was from the Desart estate, near Callan county Kilkenny and is the architect of the White House (late-1793 or early-1794).

In 2008, 24 architecture students from the a University in Washington DC completed the memorial “Spirit of place” in his honour. I took the photographs posted here in 2011, one very clear night and then the last image on a evening last spring.

From :

“James Hoban was raised on an estate belonging to the Earl of Desart in Cuffesgrange, near Callan in County Kilkenny. He worked there as a wheelwright and carpenter until his early twenties, when he was given an ‘advanced student’ place in the Dublin Society’s Drawing School on Lower Grafton Street.

He excelled in his studies and received the prestigious Duke of Leinster’s medal for drawings of “Brackets, Stairs, and Roofs.” from the Dublin Society in 1780. Later Hoban found a position as an apprentice to the headmaster of the Dublin Society School the Cork-born architect Thomas Ivory from 1779? to 1785 .

Following the American Revolutionary War, Hoban immigrated to the United States, and established himself as an architect in Philadelphia in 1785.[1]
Charleston County Courthouse, Charleston, SC (1790-92), James Hoban, architect.
Hoban’s amended elevation of the White House (late-1793 or early-1794).

Hoban was in South Carolina by April 1787, where he designed numerous buildings including the Charleston County Courthouse (1790–92), built on the ruins of the former South Carolina Statehouse (1753, burned 1788). President Washington admired Hoban’s work on his Southern Tour, may have met with him in Charleston in May 1791, and summoned the architect to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the temporary national capital) in June 1792.

In July 1792, Hoban was named winner of the design competition for the White House.[4] His initial design seems to have had a 3-story facade, 9 bays across (like the Charleston courthouse). Under Washington’s influence, Hoban amended this to a 2-story facade, 11 bays across, and, at Washington’s insistence, the whole presidential mansion was faced with stone. It is unclear whether any of Hoban’s surviving drawings are actually from the competition.

Hoban was also one of the supervising architects who served on the Capitol, carrying out the design of Dr. William Thornton.

Hoban lived the rest of his life in Washington, D.C., where he worked on other public buildings and government projects, including roads and bridges. He also designed Rossenarra House near the village of Kilmoganny in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1824.

Hoban’s wife Susanna Sewall was the daughter of the prominent Georgetown “City Tavern” proprietor.

Hoban was also involved in the development of Catholic institutions in the city, including Georgetown University (where his son was a member of the Jesuit community), St. Patrick’s Parish, and the Visitation Convent founded by another Kilkenny native, Teresa Lalor of Ballyragget.

Hoban died in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 1831. He is buried at historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.”

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Strolling down memory lane, a poem by : Taran Burke

Down an irish country lane
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Newtown lane, County Kilkenny
Kilkenny landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Strolling down memory lane

By : taran burke

Strolling down memory lane
Where the colors begin to fade.
Strolling down memory lane
Is where I want you to come along.

Strolling down memory lane
is a test of time and mind.
Strolling down memory lane
I won’t be afraid.

Strolling down memory lane
Is lacking in color.
Strolling down memory lane
Is travelling in time.

Strolling down memory lane
Not a storm in sight
Strolling down memory lane
is joy without fright.

A memory that I have created in my mind,
Stands the test of time.