Monday, 26 March 2018

A Dry Journey To Water

On a short journey when going nowhere in particular we turn a corner and meet with a traffic jam
consisting of a nosey dog, a tractor driver and a postman exchanging news and we after sharing laughter, we receive a letter.



A rural traffic jam



The gable end of the Augustinian Priory in Lorrha, Co. Tipperary



We have a tranquil place to park on the banks of the River Shannon that tourists rarely find
and we never share.



I am always fascinated by the rapidly changing light of how its reflection sparkles 
on the surface of the water and the cloud formations too, all of which keep my camera busy.


So do you always carry a camera ?



24 comments:

  1. Your secret spot on the River Shannon is breathtaking!

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  2. Amazing photographs. You should make them into calendars and sell them.

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    1. Thank you Dave for a grand idea which I might look into...

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  3. Hi Mel - I try to take my phone with me that has a camera ... so I use that - and it suffices ... not surprised you don't share your special Shannon spot ... take care and enjoy the coming of Spring! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh yes I keep forgetting about cell phones having cameras mine has one too but I prefer my large Fuji for important shots.

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  4. The quality of the light on the Shannon is exquisite.
    Yes, I usually have my digital camera in my handbag with blogging in mind.

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  5. Thank you for the comments Weaver. Large expanses of inland water such as lakes and big rivers have a wondrous quality about them which is a different to the sea.

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  6. Although I have always loved looking at old photo’s, I forget to take a camera... Hold tight, just remembered I haven’t got a camera! If I feel the burning need to take a snap I use my ipad. Heathen I hear you thinking?

    Love your Shannon side spot, sharing isn’t an option... I totally get it.

    LX

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    1. Thanks Lettice, I would never condemn anyone for not having a camera for to each their own and we all have different gifts. Ever since I was a young boy there has always been a camera in my possessions.
      I enjoy food but I am not a good cook!

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  7. Those river scenes sure are beautiful!

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    1. That is very kind of you to say so Lon many thanks to you.

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  8. JACK L said : Hi Mel,
    No often I have never carried a camera in the past...but in the last couple of years, I have taken pictures and I'm very glad, they're great reminders of places, events and people...

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    1. Yes Jack, no matter how good our memory is photos can enhance our senses.

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  9. Your pics are lovely Mel 😊

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  10. My camera is now permanently attached to my hand. Oh, your wanderings are always so beautiful and, for you, it isn't such a long way to Tipperary, is it.

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    1. Quite so Mitchell, quite so!
      Co. Tipp is just over the hill and only minutes away :-)

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  11. You have captured the magick of a stone ruin and that of a secret place of sparkling water where the clouds bring a touch of mystery...love these enchanting photos.
    I even enjoyed the photo on a trip to nowhere. It made me smile.

    I don't carry a camera with me but I will take my tablet around a take a photo or two.

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    1. To an elicit a smile from a stranger is then worthy of my efforts to entertain by use of this blog and to showcase Ireland.
      Thank you for commenting Jan

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  12. Your traffic jam is just like The Hebrides although I've noticed that people rarely stop on the main roads driver to driver blocking the traffic in these more frenetic times.

    I've carried a camera all of my adult life (and used one since I was six). These days my DSLR with all its capabilities is never far away but lugging half a dozen lenses including a 500mm one weighing several kilos is not something I do much nowadays> I keep a decent Bridge camera in the car in case of 'that photo' when I haven't got the DSLR. The Bridge camera was the only practical in the decade I commuted between Scotland and New Zealand. However i now have an iPhone 8Plus and, if I'm honest, I often go for walks or into Glasgow without a camera and rely on the iPhone. The advances in phone cameras has been astonishing. A plate for my Dad's old plate camera probably weighed more than my phone.

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    1. Hello Graham !
      Why am I not surprised about you being of the camera fraternity; Yes my father too was big into photography, you're right about those plates in fact even his tripod was extremely heavy and cumbersome.
      Mrs H and I have a bridge camera and a small digital each as our interests although similar are not the exactly the same.
      Thank you for commenting.

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  13. Sorry for being so late here, Mel. What a beautiful spot! as to your question, yes, I always have some sort of camera with me, mostly a compact with a big zoom. You never know when a photo will beg to be taken!

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