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Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland – The Landscape of Poetry – Poems by Mary O’Malley

Connemara
county Galway
Ireland
Nigel Borrington
2019

Connemara, Co. Galway

Mary O’Malley is truly the person who has written Connemara, her writing laced with the fierce beauty of the landscape, and the sounds of the sea. In ‘Porpoises’ she sends our minds out to sea from the most westerly point of the county:

The sky is close.

Out from the once manned rock

White electric light

Arcs over the Water

Difficult not to agree with her when she states that the sea is “just the place from which all things make sense”.

Pierce Hutchinson, also writing on Connemara, said:

There are chinks between

the neat stones to let the wind through safe,

You can see the blue sun through them.

But coming eastward in the same county,

the walls grow higher, dark grey;

an ugly grey. And the chinks disappear:

through those walls you can see nothing.

Perhaps our poetic landscapes remind us of that – to keep our hearts alert for experiences of water, wind and wonder.


Where Go the Boats, A river Poem

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Boats on the river Suir, County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Where Go the Boats?

Dark blue is the river.
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating—
Where will all come home?

River suir boats 4.

On goes the river
And out past the mill,
Away down the valley,
Away down the hill.

Away down the river,
A hundred miles or more,
Other little children
Shall bring my boats ashore

River suir boats 3.

Robert Louis, Stevenson


The fishing boats of Galway bay (Image gallery)

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Fishing boats at Galway bay, county Galway
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The landscape around Galway bay is one of the most beautiful in Ireland , offering long walks along sandy beach’s and scenic fishing bays.

The photographs below are from such a walk I took about two years ago during an Easter holiday in the area.

Fishing boats at Galway bay, Gallery

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galway fishing boats 3

galway fishing boats 4

Fishing boats on galway bay


Two cleats on the river bank.

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A cleat on the River Barrow, County Kilkenny
Nikon D700, 35mm f2.8 lens
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

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A cleat on the River Barrow, County Kilkenny
Nikon D700, 35mm f2.8 lens
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington


Rainbow on the surface, Loch Lomand – Scotland

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Nikon D7000, 18-200mm Vr lens
Rainbow falling on Loch Lomand
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Just for a moment the clouds opened up a gap for the Sun to shine on the surface of Loch Lomand and this Rainbow was formed, hitting the water just in front of a small boat.


Autumn on the lakes of Killarney

Upper lake Killarney 7
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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Upper lake Killarney 5

Upper lake Killarney 2

Upper lake Killarney 1

Upper lake Killarney 4

Upper lake Killarney 3

Upper lake Killarney 6


This old sail boat

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Sigma SD15, 18-50mm lens, iso 100
An old sail boat on the river Barrow, Co Kilkenny
Landscape photography by : Nigel Borrington

Walking along the River Barrow in Co Kilkenny, I noticed this old sail boat just sitting tied to the bank. Maybe one day someone will come along and restore it and sail in it again but from its current condition I think its future rests here along the banks of the Barrow for sometime to come.

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Sigma SD15, 18-50mm lens, iso 100
An old sail boat on the river Barrow, Co Kilkenny
Landscape photography by : Nigel Borrington


Windermere boat Museum

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Nikon F90x, Ilford XP2. Iso 400

These images were taken during a visit to the Lake district boat museum some years back, I have been scanning a lot of my old films and came across these as part of a set that I will use in full at some point, For the moment however these two images show one of histories great boats used to set world water speed records….

blue bird engine
Nikon F90x, Ilford XP2. Iso 400

I just love the contrast of Ilford xp2 film….


Two boats and Windermere

Little blue boats on Windermere lake
Nikom D200. 50mm f1.4 lens
Two Boats and Windermere
Nigel Borrington

This photo was taken one morning at a small bay on lake windermere in the lake district national park, Windermere is some 18km long and at it widest some 2km wide. Its one of the most beautiful places I know and if you can spend sometime you will find many wonderful location just to set and read and study the wildlife or nature it offers.

Even just to sit and look at these two boats moving slowly in the water is something I will always remember.

So then Windermere and two boats and one cleared out mind!


Kate Rusby

I courted a Sailor
Fujifilm X100

I Courted A Sailor

I courted a sailor for six months and many,
I courted a sailor, now he’s far from me.
I courted a sailor for six months and many,
I courted a sailor, now he’s far from me.
On a fine summer’s evening he said his heart was grieving
On a fine summer’s evening these words he said to me

CHORUS
Oh I’m bound for the waves, the waves dearest Annie,
I’m bound for the waves, the waves upon the sea.
Oh I’m bound for the waves, the waves dearest Annie,
I’m bound for the waves, the captain calleth me.

CHORUS

Me heart has been yours now for six months and many,
Me heart has been yours now and will always remain.
Me heart has been yours now for six months and many,
Me heart has been yours now and will always remain.
Take with you me ring and me heart you’ll always bring,
Take with you me ring when you sail away to sea.

CHORUS

I’ll wait for me sailor for six months and many,
I’ll wait for me sailor till he comes home from sea.
I’ll wait for me sailor for six months and many,
I’ll wait for me sailor till he comes home from sea.
I’ll wait for you me dear, for time we’ll know no fear.
I’ll wait for you me dear till you come home from the sea.

CHORUS

I’ve married me sailor for six months and many,
I’ve married me sailor now he’s safe with me.
I’ve married me sailor for six months and many,
I’ve married me sailor no more he’ll say to me

You tube performance : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybRPZAqN7WA


Artic Penguin – Inveraray

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Nikon F90x
Ilford XP2
Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens

Sitting on the quays at Inveraray in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, the Artic Penguin now rests.

She had the following History

History

1910 Named: PENGUIN as lightship for the Irish Lighthouse Service – cost £7,230. Flag: Ireland
1966 Sold to T.E. McSweeney and converted into a Youth Adventure Sea Training Vessel Renamed: HALLOWE’EN Flag: United Kingdom
1982 Sold to Mr D. Norris and converted to a schooner. Cruise Boat Renamed: ARCTIC PENGUIN Moored close to the eastern shore of The Gareloch where her new owner single-handedly fitted her with twin diesel engines. All the work, the boring out of the stern propellor tubes, the fitting of the necessary external propellor shaft brackets, the propellor shafts and the propellors was all done without the ship being docked or slipped.
1995 Maritime Museum at Inveraray Pier

Today she enjoys one of the best views Scotland has to offer.

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Nikon F90x
Ilford XP2
Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens

Inveraray sits on the A83 between Glasgow and Oban/Argyll, I have driven this route many times and stopping to look at the Artic Penguin and loch Fyne was something I did every time, just a fantastic view.

I am planning to return in November this year and cannot wait!

Artic penguin 3

Nikon F90x
Ilford XP2
Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens

Nigel …


Wincham, – Goodbye old Girl

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Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens
Ilford XP2

It comes to us all in the end….

Some years ago and longer than I can remember, I was in Liverpool and took this shot of the Wincham at the then new Albert docks.

Wincham’s history

Built in 1948 by Yarwoods of Northwich for ICI Liverpool, WINCHAM is a small motor cargo vessel designed to carry goods in bulk on the west coast of England. She is made of riveted steel, has a diesel engine and is the last of a class of 5 vessels built for ICI. Her working week would encompass 2 or 3 trips with chemical products from the ICI works at Winnington on the River Weaver to Liverpool and Birkenhead for transfer to deep sea vessels.

In 1977, she was sold to Bulk Cargo Handling Services Limited whose colours she still carries. In 1983 she was withdrawn from commercial service and purchased by the Wincham Preservation Society Ltd who maintain and operate her from her berth at Canning Dock alongside the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The Society received a grant of £47,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2002 and she is maintained in operating condition.

But then….

Wincham about to be broken up at Bromborough 17/04/09

The former ICI Weaver barge Wincham (built 1948) seen about to be broken up on the slipway at Bromborough 17/04/09. She was part of the Mersey maritime collection and based in Albert dock Liverpool but costly repairs meant her original owners took the decision to let her go for scrap… a disgrace.

So here she is in the better days!

Wincham 2

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens
Ilford XP2

Good bye old girl, you left a big space behind!!


Paula Dawn

Paula Dawn 2

I was sorting through some old films this morning and wondering what to do with them when I came across this shot above, The Paula Dawn one very early morning in September 1998 on the north Norfolk Broads.

I also found her being talked about on the following web site. Paula Dawn

I don’t think we had one spot of rain all week and what a boat.

This is her some years before

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