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Kilkenny landscape images : Novembers last sunset

Kilkenny Landscapes Ballykeeffe  Ireland Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Landscapes
Ballykeeffe
Ireland
Nigel Borrington

Its hard to Believe that it is the end of November already !!

These images are of the last sunset, November 2016 🙂

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Birds in Irish Folklore, The Robin

Birds of Irish folk law The Robin Nigel Borrington

Birds of Irish Folklore
The Robin
Nigel Borrington

The end of November and you would think that all the wildlife has vanished from the landscape , however you only need to take an early morning walk to realize that there are lots of wild creatures still around.

This morning on a walk through the hills near Kilmoganny, county Kilkenny, I was accompanied by this little Robin who hopped from tree to tree in front of me 🙂

Here is a little folklore about the Robin from an Irish point of view …….

The Robin

If the soul and symbol of the old sun and the Oak King was the Wren, the Robin represented the new sun. The wren was said to hide in the Ivy, the Robin in the Holly. The Pagan Neolithic Festival of the birth of the new sun, symbolized by the Robin, was at the Winter Solstice (21st December). The Robin (the new sun) killed his father the Wren (the old sun) and that is how he got his red breast, ie, from the blood of his father. A Robin coming into a house was supposed to be a sign that someone was going to die there in the near future. Despite this association with death, the Robin was praised for being the only bird capable of singing all the notes of the musical scale. And furthermore, the Robin can sing for half an hour without repeating the melody, unlike the other birds.


The Boat men of the river Suir

Fishing boat  river Suir  County Tipperary

Fishing boat
river Suir
County Tipperary

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. It is currently undergoing an upgrade to a hard surface that will for the first time allow for both walkers and cyclists.

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.

Fishing in Ireland : CLOCULLY TO CARRICK-ON-SUIR

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

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The Boat men of the suir 1

The boat on the suir

The Boat men of the suir 3

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Friday Poetry : November Sunset – Poem by Steven Federle

Black Friday Sunset Callan Kilkenny Ireland

Black Friday Sunset
Callan
Kilkenny
Ireland

About five o clock,
the warm November day
just stops.

Bright afternoon
slams into evening
not even pausing
for twilight.

Blue sky
dims quickly
to violet,

but over ragged black woods
the orange sun
lingers

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Then suddenly bursts
into astonishing gold.

Blithely ascending
the bright crescent
claims the cool
velvet night.

Steven Federle


A November weekend – Gallery ……

A November sunrise

Images of November

The following images are just some of the many I have posted here of my blog since 2011, in the month of November. It is one of my most loved months each year for photography as the sun is always low in the sky and the cold , moody and foggy weather is drawing in…….

As its Friday and the weekend is very close I hope you have a great one 🙂 , if you get time to capture some images I hope you Enjoy yourselves 🙂 have a great time what ever you do !!!!


November Gallery

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

The old Country lane Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

A Misty Day 3
Duncannon beach in the sun. Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

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

Green St  Callan 2014

Misty fields Callan 2014

The Celtic New year

Ballymartin windfarm

The Celtic new year

Yellow Tutsan flowwers 1

Its the weekend so find a beach 1

Sigma SD15 Golden fall 1

Find a forest walk 1

Kilkenny Landscape photography Beyond the gate Nigel Borrington

Against the Winter 1

Irish Landscape Photography Nigel Borrington

An October walk along the Waterford coast Irish Landscape Photography  Nigel Borrington


Irish standing stones : Carrigeen, Nire Valley, County Waterford

Irish standing stones Carrigeen Nire Valley  County Waterford

Irish standing stones
Carrigeen
Nire Valley
County Waterford

Irish Standing stones : Carrigeen,

Carrigeen standing stone is among the best located stones in Ireland. It stands in a superb location at the top of the picturesque Nire valley from where there is magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous region. On the day this image was taken it was -2 degrees and the mountains had a thick covering of mist.

The stone stands some height, an impressive 2.5 meters and tapering to a sharp point. It stands solidly upright and is oriented in a WNW-ESE direction.

An interesting observation here, was when looking westwards, that the jagged crest of the stone seemed to align somewhat with the distant profile of the mountain ridge to the west. (see photo below). This may be just coincidental or was it of significance and could this jagged profile of the stone have survived through thousands of years?

Apart from this speculation, Carrigeen standing stone and its surroundings is a ‘must see’.


County Kilkenny Landscapes, New digital art works

Landscape painting Straw Bales County Kilkenny, Ireland Nigel Borrington

Landscape painting
Straw Bales
County Kilkenny, Ireland
Nigel Borrington

I am continuing to explore the world of digital painting using a Wacom studio art tablet and truly enjoying the creative experience it can offer.

I am planning in the new year to return to real paint and brushes but at the same time I have really taken to using digital media, I will continue to use it both to produce sketch work and finished drawings and painting. The power that digital painting offers to be creative and to be attached with modern social media is hard to escape 🙂 , the next step is to explore how to print onto more traditional papers and canvas in order to present finished work in a more traditional way.


Winter is coming once again, a poem

Winter and the Crows Slievenamon  County Tipperary Nigel Borrington

Winter and the Crows
Slievenamon
County Tipperary
Nigel Borrington

Winter Is Coming once Again

The sky is filled with broken light,
The Sun is hidden by deep snow filled clouds,
There’s a chillness to the air,
I feel it everywhere,
All through the days and nights;
Winter is coming.

The Crows fly above Slievenamon
hunting harder then before, and the ground below
Is hard beneath wing and claw,
The trees stand bare of leaves and fruits,
And all around
Is still, Silent;
Winter is coming.

The sun will soon be gone,
Obscured by cloud,
The rivers and lakes begin to freeze,
The wind will bend the trees
Until they’re bowed
In supplication.
Winter is coming, once again.

Only the dead will feed hungry crows:
Mice, rabbits, sparrows.
The light fades from the Sun
Now darker days have come,
for the high crow, cold bites to the marrow,
And Winter is here.
Again.


My November Guest, Robert Frost

November rain Nigel Borrington

November rain
Nigel Borrington

My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.


The first Snow of the Winter , Gallery

Irish Landscapes Nier Valley  County Waterford  Nigel Borrington

Irish Landscapes
Nire Valley
County Waterford
Nigel Borrington

This Morning many parts of Ireland awoke to the first Snows of the Winter, Snow in November while not unusual is early for Ireland. Maybe its a sign of the winter weather that’s ahead of us, in any-case I just had to get out this morning and capture as many images as I could 🙂

Here are just a few from an early morning walk through the Nire Valley , county Waterford …….

Nire Valley , County Waterford – the first Snows of Winter

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Getting close to the Landscape, Macro Photography

Macro Photography water droplets Nigel Borrington

Macro Photography
water droplets
Nigel Borrington

This winter I want to spent sometime getting in close with nature and the local landscape, with a macro lens. I feel that even though the summer and even Autumn are almost over there are still lots of subjects that will be fascinating when captured close up.

Water and rain drops are just such a subject and when we get more frost and ice I will spend lots of time outside in the early hours capturing as many images as possible.

The image above was taken with the help of an LED ring flash gun, you can see the lighting effects produced in each drop of water…..


Monday Poetry , The Cow – Robert Louis Stevenson

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The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.
Robert Louis Stevenson


County Kilkenny landscape : A poem : Over the Fence , By jesse.vanwallene

Kilkenny Landscapes Over the Fence Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Landscapes
Over the Fence
Nigel Borrington

Over the Fence

I remember the giant field that was just a house away from my parents’ house and how I could tell what season it was by what it was being used for.

I remember how in the fall the field was used for corn and how in the spring it was used for alfalfa or cotton and how at the start of summer it was used for lazy sheep to graze and get fat.

I remember when there were no crops or livestock in the field and it was just dirt and tumbleweeds and how the desert wind picked up the earth in wild dust storms and dirt devils would race onto my street.

I remember venturing out with my brother, jelly jars in hand, to the center of the field and capturing tiny black and red lady bugs before sun down, just to compare who could catch more before our mother called us back for supper.

I remember how shocked I was when they put up a fence around the field with no trespassing signs posted and when I saw the giant earth movers roaring their engines trying to produce man made hills and lakes for a retirement community golf course.

I remember how mad I was that someone had taken away my refuge and how I took it out on the Porto potties every once and a while just to let out some frustrations.

I remember when the grass came in and the sidewalks were built how quickly I stopped being mad and how we bought frozen blocks of ice to sit on and slide down the grassy hills with on long summer days.

I remember skate boarding to a spot on the course overlooking a lake where I would listen to my music and watch as the wind passed through the trees and over the water creating tiny waves that moved from one side all the way to the other where I sat, escaping.

I remember the smell of the fresh cut grass and the cold sting of the unsuspected sprinklers and the duck families and the old people and the trees and the wide open sky at the edge of the city where storms could roll up or the stars could stretch out further than my eyes could see.

But most of all I remember how wonderful it was to have a place to escape to and ease my thoughts with only the blistering sun or the chilling winds of the changing seasons to keep me company.

jesse.vanwallene


Kilkenny Landscape Photography, A Poem : Beyond the gate ……..

Kilkenny Landscape photography Beyond the gate Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Landscape photography
Beyond the gate
Nigel Borrington

An open field gate, they always invite you in.

Just like anything in life when something is open it makes you want to explore !!!!

Beyond The Gate

Beyond the gate
Lies a whole new world
If you want to know
Go beyond the gate
We shall not know
Until we go beyond the gate


A Sketch of two fishing boats, Keem Strand, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Two fishing boat Keem Strand Achill  Island County Mayo

Two fishing boat
Keem Strand
Achill Island
County Mayo


Video Landscapes : Mullins mill , County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Photography

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

The two videos below are of the restored waterwheel at Mullins mill on the kings river county Kilkenny.

The photograph was taken back in 2011 but the video only last week.

The morning the videos was cold with a frost and you can see the mist created from the water as it is raised up by the water wheel. it was great fun making these, the motion and sounds created a picture of past times and technology and added a true reminder of the original usage of the mill.

Today the mill is a local heritage and craft center.


Monday Poetry : Light By – Saugat Upadhyay

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light

Light is a way,
Light is a zone,
Light is a past,
Which shows the future.
Light is a mountain,
Light is a hurdle,
Light is a debt,
Which leads to the quest.
Light is a beginning,
Light is a end,
Light is a truth,
Which gives us a fruit.
Light is a flower,
Light is a fragrance,
Light is a life,
Which gives hope to survive.


First week of November 2016, My favorite week of posting ever …… Thank you !!!!

Irish Landscape GarryDuff woods Piltown County Kilkenny Nigel Borrington

Irish Landscape
GarryDuff woods
Piltown
County Kilkenny
Nigel Borrington

Friday and the first week of November is fast approaching the weekend 🙂

I have been posting on my blog since 2011 and yet I feel that this has been my favorite week of posting here so far !!!

I was able to share a wider variety of the media that I love using to capture the Irish landscape than ever before, I love photography but it was great to also be able to share some video and one of a set of drawings from a visit to Achill island, county Mayo.

A big thank you to anyone who visited and for the many likes and comments I received, I always look forward to hearing from and connecting with you , so thank you !!! 🙂

Have a great weekend what ever you find yourselves doing !!!

GarryDuff hill, county kilkenny, Sunset Gallery

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A sketch of the old farm house, Keem Strand, Achill island, County Mayo

Old Farm house Keem Strand  Achill Island county Mayo Nigel Borrington

Old Farm house
Keem Strand
Achill Island
county Mayo
Nigel Borrington

Created using a Wacom Mobile Studio table …..


Landscape Video : Early morning on the kings river , Kells County Kilkenny 


Landscape Videos : A Misty morning on the kings river, kells, county kilkenny

This morning on the Kings river as it flows through Kells County Kilkenny.

I have just started creating some landscape Videos to go with the Landscape Photography that I take and share here on my blog

So I felt what better way to start than filming an early frosty November morning on the Kings River, Kells, in this video you can hear the birds starting to sing and watch the Leaves fall onto the water. The mist created my the cold and frost was drifting down river.


Kilkenny Landscape images : Last Light Of Day – Poem by Mark De Pena

Kilkenny Landscape images Last light of the day  Nigel Borrington

Kilkenny Landscape images
Last light of the day
Nigel Borrington

LAST LIGHT OF DAY.

Last light of day, a golden sunset
Last time to play, but I’m not done yet
I love a sunset, a golden late afternoon
This is as good as it gets, so I sit and croon

Croon about, this fortunate life
Grateful about a tolerant wife
Happy about the things I’ve done
Happy you are, the only one

Last light of day, we anticipate the night
Let me show the way, to pure delight
Let us sit in the moonlight, enjoy each other
Let me savour this sight, let me discover

Discover this person, that is you
Just simply conversin, between us two
Sometimes no words are needed to be said
That might sound absurd, but it’s what’s in my head