15-03-15 Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall

Great Caesar’s ghost!

The Challenge is Wall.

Here is my 2nd Attempt

Here is my 1st

Today I thought that we might visit the walls of Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland. The gent below is getting into position for “the kiss”.

Ireland 090

It is the Ides of March and in honor of that momentous occasion…

Other views of walls from around the blogosphere…











9-12-13 Random Travels Rather Than Planned

I was going to use these shots to work with both the Weekly Challenge: “An Unusual POV” and Ailsa’a Travel theme: “Hidden” but then though, “Nah, its almost Friday so just show the pictures.”

The first is from 2005 and the second is from 2010 Both are from islands across the Atlantic.

Blarney Castle

Getting ready to kiss the stone

Getting ready to kiss the stone

King’s Cross Railway Station

Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4 – Someone missed the Hogwarts Express

6-13-13 No Particular Place To Go

Dorothy : Now which way do we go?
Scarecrow: Pardon me, this way is a very nice way.
Dorothy: Who said that?
[Toto barks at scarecrow]
Dorothy: Don’t be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don’t talk.
Scarecrow: [points other way] It’s pleasant down that way, too.
Dorothy: That’s funny. Wasn’t he pointing the other way?
Scarecrow: [points both ways] Of course, some people do go both ways.

Right now, that is me in a nutshell as regards the blog…

Taken in 2005

I guess the magic has finally worn off

I am only of half Irish extraction after all

SANYO Digital Camera

Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void
It is shining, it is shining

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing

And ignorance and hate mourn the dead
It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not leaving, it is not leaving

So play the game “Existence” to the end
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning


Unexpectedly I have to insert a link for Lennon/McCartney as WordPress does not recognize the words as important enough to recommend a link…

3-16-13 Travel Theme: Green (Glas edition)

As mentioned yesterday Ailsa’s Travel theme this week is GREEN!

The greenest place I have ever been is Ireland. It isn’t that the country had more green than anywhere else, it is that it has more hues of green than I have ever seen. Here are a very few examples.





12-18-12 Cliche?

“It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés that cliché is untrue.”

Stephen Fry

Sometimes you see a shot you just have to take even though you know it has been done…and done…and done.  Some might even call it a cliché. The time I most felt that way was when I drove around Ireland. I kept stopping the car to get these really great shots and would put the camera to my eye and realize that I had seen this before, only the colors had been greener and the sheep more picturesque. I do believe that Ireland may be the most photographed country in the world per square inch. It is very hard not to shoot postcards there.

Be that as it may. I have that feeling about this picture. But you want to make your contribution.

34th Street-10

This next picture is for fun. I felt like painting.

For the technically inclined…

ISO – 1600


1.6 seconds.

Rough adjustments in Lightroom – saturation and white balance. Then curves and gradient in Photoshop.

34th Street-11


10-9-12 A Wandering Mind

“I knew I couldn’t live in America and I wasn’t ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America – New York City .”
Spalding Gray

If you live in New York City and choose to shoot photographs, it is hard to not make images of iconic things and in the long run foolish to try.  If you go to Ireland are you not supposed to take pictures of green rolling hills, 20 shades or more of green, stretching in front of you?  If you are in San Francisco are you supposed to not shoot the Golden Gate. Absurd!

If you put up a photograph or more a day, that means you return to the same iconic subjects over and over again and the question is how to see them, how to differentiate one view from another.  Then again that is the photographic question entirely.

Now that everyone with a phone has a camera with them at all times, we are continually snapping away at the world and at ourselves. I do believe that our view of portraiture is being influenced by the massive amount of “selfies” being shown on Facebook and elsewhere. We are now used to that awkward slightly overhead angle with the horizon being slightly off pitch and when the subject is two (or more) people, at least one face being off-center and caught off guard as often as not.

Anyway, as stated in a previous post, fall has arrived in all her dampness here in New York City. (Our clothes always give us away).

Travel Theme: Texture – Take 2 – 9-19-12


Before the week ended I thought I would take another crack at Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week (Texture).

These are old pictures and have been scanned. One in particular was very dirty but it actually adds to the theme.

Let’s start in Quetzaltenago (Xela), Guatemala. Summer of 1993.

Then move to Phoenicia New York in the fall of 1994.

And let us end our little textural journey on a mountain road in Ireland in 2005.


7-29-12 Cherish The Hudson Lomax

I woke up this morning and realized that something was missing. It didn’t take a lot of thought or introspection to realize that I was missing the river. It had been at least 10 or 11 days since I had really seen it. So, I put on my walking shoes and took a 3 mile river walk.

Deep In Thought

These ladies had no objection to my shooting them from behind but they would not let me shoot their faces.

As I left the river and headed towards Lincoln Center I had to wonder what had happened to Pocahontas and why the other Princesses were not helping her and had even turned their backs on her…

Today’s celebration was

OURLAND: Celebrating Irish Culture in America! The Music, The Bards, The Magic

A significant part of the event was in celebration of Alan Lomax‘s work in field recording. Today, Lomax is primarily known for his work in the south but he went all over the world, Ireland, England, Italy, the Caribbean and Spain.  He recording Brendan Behan at his wittiest and worst.

Some of the people participating included Cherish The Ladies, Lianne Smith, Joe Hurley, and even the Director of the Lomax Archive.

The 78 Project was also on hand. They recorded Lianne Smith live on a 78 RPM acetate ( that is why you see that old-fashioned microphone in front of her) basically using the same techniques Lomax used and were immediately able to play it back for the audience.

Oh and let us not forget these gentlemen

Alphie McCourt, Malachy McCourt, William Kennedy

Colleen Taylor co-host of Ceol na nGael on WFUV-90.7FM was at the WFUV table giving away tattoos, magnets, and other lovely things.

A good time seemed to be had by all.

3-16-12 – A Very Irish Short Story

“In a literature class in Dublin some years back, students were given an assignment to write a short story involving all the important literary ingredients — Nobility, Emotion, Sex, Religion and Mystery. The winner was:”My God!’ cried the Duchess. ‘I’m pregnant. Who did it?” – Unknown

Ah yes, it is the little things that make a difference is it not?