Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow-Mountains-ValleyHappy Monday morning all

certainly a little bit cooler this morning and a frost on the ground, so I thought we’d appreciate a warmer looking image for today’s upload. This one form my recent Ireland trip and is of Wicklow Mountain valley pass, an absolutely stunning location with a  little of everything for everyone.

The drive up there is as stunning as the summit view, i should have got Jo to drive as I nearly crashed HuMo (Husky Mobile) twice. It gets quite busy up there so we had to hang around a while while the hoards  dissipated a little.

Planning has started on next years Ireland trip West and South West is the plan, we’ll spend a little more time in one place this time until I get the required shots. This years trip was more a reccy so I had to take what I could weather wise and as we all know Ireland is very green and lush for a reason…..yup very wet too.

Here’s hoping for plenty of the white stuff this next few weeks



The Battle of Curlew Pass

HorseThis will be my last update for a while while I get my workload down and complete my CAA license for the drone pilot so apologies if I don’t pick up on any of your posts for a while, I’ll try and check as and when I can.

Today’s image is the chieftain statue at Boyle, Co Roscommon ~ Unveiled in 1999, this ‘Chieftain’ is overlooking the site where the Battle of Curlew Pass was fought 15th August, 1599. The Battle of Curlew Pass was fought between an English force under Sir Conyers Clifford and a rebel Irish force led by Hugh Roe O’Donnell (Red Hugh O’Donnell). The English were ambushed and routed while marching through a pass in the Curlew Mountains near Boyle.

A magnificent and large piece of metalwork that’s well worth a visit, it’s sited right at the side of the road and has a large car park for visitors to come and enjoy the view out to sea whilst enjoying a picnic.


Causeway Contemplations

Giants-Causeway-1It goes without saying the Giants Causeway is one of the most visited natural attractions in Norther Ireland and my visit was no exception, literally hundreds of tourists scrambling all over the place, we found people hammering coins into the cracks between them hoping for some mystical good fortune……good luck with that one then.

Anyway as I scrambled to get away from the crowds we attracted our own following of Chinese and Canadian tourists wanting shots with the dogs, after a ten minute obliging session I finally got away to do some shots myself. I came across this solitary figure of a young woman deep in contemplation ignoring all the hustle of the surrounding crowds and looking out to sea, that perfect moment caught on camera I thought.

Withing 2 minutes the crowds were round her and the moment was gone, she probably never realised I was taking her picture and probably never will but I now she was somewhere else thinking perhaps of lost ones or what she was going to have for lunch, who knows!

have a great weekend all


Slieve League

Sleive-League-1-SKyWhat an amazing place this is, we were so glad we made the trek to the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.

It’s a fantastic walk from the lower car park up to the top car park where all the lazy people drive up for an ice cream, you get to see so much of the beautiful coastline along the way. This place must truly be on every photographer list of shots to have in their collection.

The cliffs are the highest in Europe and there is a great 5 hour walk all the way along the tops to be done, this is on our next trips list as this was a recce mission this time.

These are some of the highest cliffs in Europe and at 609m there’s a long drop into the Atlantic if you fancy it …NOT.

We were as usual swamped for pictures of the fur kids, I managed one or two myself, don’t worry Thunder isn’t being choked , well he is a bit but that’s his fault, 600m drop 3m away I wasn’t taking any chances with him!

Puppies-at-Slieve-LeagueIce cream on the way down was lovely, the pooches loved it.




Wicklow-1Hi all

finally got around to uploading my images from my super Colorspace Unit of the Ireland trip to my Mac today, taken a while but hopefully you’ll agree worth it.

The first is from the latter end of the trip high up in the Wicklow mountains, I even managed to fall in the river below here twice, once most embarrassingly rolling about like a turtle on its back not being able to correct itself. After the sniggers died down I rolled sideways out of the heather and rocks and eventually to safety……funny after the fact but not at the time.

Weather wise we had pretty good days on the whole 3 really wet ones and I mean wet , it was like having buckets of water thrown at you for 72 hours, not fun for sure and it did ruin one of my intended shoots at the Cliffs of Moher. So next years trip will be there until I get all the images I need for the book.

We had fun and games with Binny Boo slipping her collar in Dublin, million to one accident we still can’t work out how on earth it happened, anyway the drivers of Dublin were amazing and stopped traffic while we recovered her, all safe apart from us nearly having a heart attack!!! new super dooper collars and connectors here now.

More to follow

Barra Sunset Rays

Barra-Cemetary-SunsetHi all

finally getting round to doing something with all the images I took from the Outer Hebrides trip, thank goodness for a bit of time and rain to make me sit and sort them. This one Barra Island walking across to the Commonwealth Cemetary.


Anyway as for my good news first which as some of you are aware i took my CAA permission  to fly unmanned aircraft (drones) to most of you but essentially a quadcopter less than 20kg, I passed with a mark of 95, still don’t know quite how I managed it but hey I’ll take it and will be very happy with it.

Part of the future of my business will be aerial footage, I won’t go too much into it but a smidgen of it is wedding , surveying, estate agency and sports to name a few, probably about another 10 things but that will come later as well as my own footage and stills to give a new twist to my work.

As more and more people take to the skies with unmanned aircraft I’m sure it will become more legislative to have a license of some kind in order to use on at all, the qualification I am in the process of assures clients primarily I’m a safe pair of hands and that I am insured against accidents and damage, we are seeing more in the news everyday about hobbyists accidents and near fatal collisions. The sooner the better the CAA legislate against this activity in areas where potentially accidents can have sever consequences the better.

Anyhow apart form my little rant I have thoroughly enjoyed my course, very expensive it was too but I’m sure this will be recouped in future work, I already have a few promises of work for my 2 DJI Inpire 1’s just in the process of insuring it all, again very expensive and time consuming.

Will catch up with more images later when time permits.


Annie Jane Monument – Vatersay

Annie-Jane-Monument---VatersayHappy Friday all

Sun is shining and the skies are blue, what more could you ask for…apart from the usual more money less work etc etc

Today’s image is of the monument on Vatersay which is linked by a causeway to Barra Island Outer Hebrides.

The monument is one of the saddest events to befall the island when the Annie Jane, a three-masted immigrant ship out of Liverpool bound for Montreal, Canada, struck rocks off West Beach during a storm in September 1853. Within ten minutes the ship began to founder and break up casting 450 people into the raging sea. In spite of the conditions, islanders tried to rescue the passengers and crew.[11]

There were only a few survivors rescued. A small cairn and monument marks the site where the bodies recovered from the sea were buried. An inscription reads:

On 28th September 1853 the ship Annie Jane with emigrants from Liverpool to Quebec was totally wrecked in this bay and threefourths of the crew and passengers numbering about 350 men women and children were drowned and their bodies interred here.

Two Chinese seamen from the SS Idomeneus, which sank on 28 September 1917, are also buried somewhere near the monument. There is a commemorative headstone in Cuier Churchyard.

The remains of a Catalina flying boat that crashed on the slopes of Heishival Beg in 1944 lie in a stream bed near the shore.

Catalina-Flying-Boat-2The monument erected to those who died in the crash, this is yards from the roadside.


I’ll be going “dark” as they say for a while now as I have a lot on over the next week or two. Will catch up hopefully with some good news mid August fingers x’d

Have a great weekend and next few weeks all



Our Lady of The Isles

Our-Lady-of-the-Isles Morning all


raining cats and dogs here again and it looks like it’s set in for the week! British summer at its best hey?

Today’s image is Our Lady of the Isles, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The statue is situated on the western slopes of Ruabhal, a hill near the northern end of South Uist. It’s a bit of a walk up from the main road, well the only road and this sculpture dominates the area predominately inhabited by sheep.

The statue was commissioned following proposals from the Ministry of Defence for a large missile testing range. This would have covered much of Uist, and involved construction of a military town as well as facilities for building missiles. This caused concern it would destroy much of the island’s way of life, culture and language. Resistance to the proposals was led by Canon John Morrison, the local parish priest. He commissioned and raised funds for the construction of the statue. The statue was completed in 1957, and dedicated in 1958.

The statue was designed by Hew Lorimer, and sculpted from granite. In 2007 the statue was listed as a Category B listed building.

Our-Lady-of-The-Isles-Portrait-BackView from behind looking out to sea.

Our-Lady-of-The-Isles-Portrat-FrontAnd from the front, had to remove a telegraph pole and fence post processing on this to make it look half decent.


The Italian Chapel – Lamb Holm

The-Italian-ChapelThe Italian Chapel – Lamb Holm

This small but very ornate Catholic Chapel was built on the small uninhabited island of Lamb Holm on Orkney during World War II by Italian prisoners. It was restored during the 60’s and received Listed building status A.

In my usual style of “must get the shot” I sneaked in and removed a table chairs and flowers to get as close a symmetrical shot as possible, much to the dismay of the American and Japanese tourists looking on, obviously never met a Yorkshire man before! I of course put everything back where I found it…I’m a good boy really, don’t believe what they tell you.






Vatersay Pebble Beach Stump

Vatersay-Beach-StumpFriday woohooooo!!!!!

Thought I’d finish the week off with a beautiful shot from Vatersay Beach on Barra Island, Outer Hebrides. Probably one of the most beautiful of all the islands areas Vatersay has white sands, stunning pebble beaches and green blue seas all round it, I couldn’t resist the sea washed stump, I’d have brought it home if I’d the space in the Husky MoHo.

I didn’t realise how many decent shots from this area I had taken as the weather wasn’t exactly perfect but at least it wasn’t boring blue skies. I also managed to get the MoHo stuck in the sand dune, thank goodness for a lovely couple from Bristol and a retired gen t who together with Jo managed to help rock the van free, still don’t know how they managed it and I really didn’t fancy my chances with telling Green flag where we were stuck…..15 miles down a single track road/lane!

Anyway flying practice with the drone this weekend weather permitting and donating platelets on Sunday, haven’t done this for a while because of my knee op so it will be nice to catch up with the nurses my reading and choccy biscuits, oh yes choccy biccy’s, has to be done