Doolin Whoosh

 

whoosh-3Doolin Whoosh

The area around Doolin and towards The Cliffs of Moher are where the Atlantic shows us her strength by crashing down on the rocky coastline as if to destroy it. Certainly isn’t a place you’d go for a dip in the sea and the local ferry struggles in and out of the harbour on every trip, we saw a ferry go nearly vertical as it pulled out of Dollin Pier and the sea got hold of it, we could hear the passengers scream, fortunately no one was harmed but I’ll pass on taking a trip around the cliffs by one…….

St Colman Cathederal – Cobh

 

st-colman-cathederal-cobhSt Colman Cathederal, Cobh

The Cathedral Church of St Colman, usually known as Cobh Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cobh, Ireland. It is the cathederal church of the Diocese of Cloyne. It overlooks Cork Harbour from a prominent position. Construction began in 1867 and was not completed until over half a century later due to increases in costs and revisions of the original plans.

The cathedral contains the only church carillonwhich with 49 bells is one of the largest carillons in the Europe. An automated system strikes the hour and 15 minute intervals while it also rings the bells in appropriate form for Masses, funerals, weddings and events. The carillon is also played on special occasions and generally every Sunday afternoon by its current carillonneur Adrian Gebruers.

One of the major transatlantic Irish ports, the former Queenstown was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. On 11 April 1912, Queenstown was famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic when she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage. She was assisted by the PS America and the PS Ireland, two ageing White Star Line tenders, along with several other smaller boats delivering first-class luggage. Some sources and local lore suggest that a Titanic crew member, John Coffey, a native of Queenstown, left the ship at this time, and thereby escaped the sinking. At Queenstown 123 passengers boarded in all, only 44 survived the sinking.

Aerial Autumn III

Elsecar Park 03Final picture from the aerial shoot at the award winning Elsecar Park. Such a beautiful little slice of heaven , well worth a visit and it’s right next to Elsecar Heritage so you can park there go for a lovely autumn walk then visit the centre. A perfect day out.

Aerial Autumn II

Elsecar Park 02Another from yesterdays shoot at Elsecar Park, Autumn colours in their finest and what a superb award winning park to visit, go enjoy people

Aerial Autumn

Elsecar Park 01Bit of aerial work today out at the beautiful award winning Elsecar Park. Had to wait quite a while for the sun to break through the clouds but when it did ….Oh boy it was special, plenty more aerial work to follow.

 

Adrian

Husky Family Portraits

Husky Family Pictures

The Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon all

todays image is from the beautiful island of Orkney way up north with a ferry crossing in between. Far more populated than I thought it would be especially Kirkwall with its spectacular St Magnus Cathedral.

Numerous places to visit but high on my tick list was “The Ring of Brodga” for summer solstice. Sadly the weather disappointed and all we had was cloud. It was still lovely to be there and we’ll be going again in Jan 2017 for the Viking festival on Shetland so we’ll make a stop off, and of course the wolfs will be with us, never leave them behind.

Hope to have some more news on the wolfs soon too, plans are being made and fingers crossed I’ll make a really great announcement in July.

 

Adrian

 

Duncansby Stacks

Hi all

and wow at last it’s great to be back blogging. I have had major issues lately with image sizing and it’s taken the boffins over in USA and Germany to figure it out between them, I was stuck well and truly in the middle with either party blaming each other, not a good position to be in. Anyway sorted for loads of images to go online for sale and some very exciting news coming soon too.

 

Anyway must dash, I’ll start uploading ASAP

 

Image is Duncansby Stacks, Scotland, I’ll be doing some more work up there soon on our trip to Shetland

Adrian

Duncansby Head Blue

Wolfing, a passion and a dream come true

Hi all

as most of you may be aware I have been doing some work with Wolf Watch UK over the last few weeks, it’s been a passion of mine since I can remember to be near to wolves let alone be in with them and to have one in my arms so to speak. I have spent the last two Saturdays at the rescue sanctuary being chaperoned round and in the secure areas by Tony the centre owner, the primary function of Wolf Watch UK is as a rescue centre for displaced wolves. This necessity occurs through incidents such as dominance fights, excess breeding or zoo closures.

I was assisted by friend Bill on the first visit and Wayne on the second setting up holding and direction of the off camera lighting. Kit used was Profoto B1 with a 2 foot Octa box and grid held on a litereach pole, camera gear was a Canon 1DX MKII with use of 70-200, 24-105 and 24-70 lenses with Profoto Air Remote controlling.

I’ll drop in little write up parts taken from the rescue website as it’s explained far better about each wolf. Their website for more info and adoptions is HERE

Adrian and Madadh

 

First image is of yours truly with Madadh, she’s in her 18th year bless her. She is a black Canadian wolf who came to Wolf Watch with her brother Kgosi in April 1999, from the time of their arrival until three months later, normality at Wolf Watch became a thing of the past or perhaps life just followed a different pattern. She is the wolf most visitors to the centre are likely to meet if the circumstances permit. Thanks to Tony for this image.

 

Callow Close UpThis image is of Callow, she’s absolutely stunning, she shares a fantastic area with Pepe and like Pepe is very shy towards visitors, if you look closely enough  you can just make out my reflection in her eyes, certainly a soul in there isnt there?

 

Kogsi Straight On

The wonderful old lad Kogsi, brother to Madadh, he like Madadh is a Canadian wolf who arrived in 1999. He has a wonderful powerful demeanour and when you sit at his side you get a sense of ageless power that has been built on thousands of years of evolution and closeness to mankind, I think that they know far more about us than we do of them, they have a look of  “I know more but I’m not letting on”

 

Pepe snarling at Callow

Like any family there are squabbles and Pepe here is telling Callow to back off away from his dinner, little bit like myself I think.

 

Pepe

 

Here Pepe is enjoying his dinner now Callow has gone off with her share of the spoils for a relaxed lunch, well apart from me sticking my camera and lighting gear in the way that is!

One thing to bear in mind if you are lucky enough to visit the wolves is that they come first no matter what and their well being is of the utmost importance, so if you don’t get to see one up close or if you are asked to step away as they do get stressed and tired  don’t be too disappointed,  what ever you have done to help the sanctuary with your adoption or membership has helped make  sure these mystical spiritual animals have a protected life and will continue to do so with your support.

 

Medievil Barn

The sanctuary has a medieval style barn and we managed to get a fire and candles lit for the shoot, it was raining at the time and it forced the smoke back into the building, definitely added to its authenticity I think.

 

visitor

 

The visitor centre on site has a shop and information about the history of the sanctuary, here you can buy mementos of your visit and if available a piece of wolf fur, smells lovely, a musk you won’t forget.

 

 

Anja Swirl

Meet Anja, extremely shy and I was very lucky she came down to investigate us, may have had something to do with Tony waving a chicken round for her but I like to think she came to see me, I managed to capture some lovely pictures of her running through her area, a very special new comer to the rescue she has to build on her trust towards staff, this will take many months of dedication and nothing is guaranteed……

 

tony

 

Finally for this special blog it wouldn’t be fair not to mention the man who started it all, Tony Haighway, here pictured with Madadh his baby girl, he has done this with her since she came to the sanctuary in 1999 and even at this old age she still loves it and loves him as you can see. Tony’s dedication and the sacrifices he has made to love and protect these creatures is unbelievable and applaudable to the highest degree, a lovely generous warm and dry humoured guy that has all the time in the world to explain what he has learnt over his many years living alongside wolves.

Hopefully have an update on this soon………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ross Castle – Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Ross Castle – Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

A beautiful place to visit especially if the weather plays fair as it did with this visit. Met a fabulous local photographer who gave me some great advise on local attractions including waterfalls and ruins. I’m a firm believer in always learning and striving to make the next shot better than the last, hope I’ve accomplished it…sales will tell.

The Irish images may not get a section of their own so sales will be by email only at this stage, thanks

Adrian

Ross Castle 2