A steady drizzle of rain thwarted my daily sea walk. Instead I sought the shelter of Barna Woods to experience a blast of autumnal beauty, and reconnect with this scenic and sublime woodland.
What a difference a day makes, as mild autumnal weather gave way to a full day of lashing rains and wind. It was mild spat as Irish weather events are concerned. But it kept me cowered indoors, and regretting life choices, including the absurd notion of stepping outside to snap a photo.
On days like these I love heading down to the sea, camera in hand, to see what magic may unfold. Lately the changeable autumn weather continues to deliver a near-certain visual feast.
Galway’s distinctive appeal is that it embodies the spirit of an urban village while maintaining connections with wild nature. Credit due to its picturesque setting along Galway Bay and close proximity to such wild land attractions as Connemara and the Burren.
There’s something that attracts me to this alleyway I often pass through it to avoid the unseemly Dominick Street. I’m usually one who abhors graffiti, but in this dingy setting it actually serves to transform the setting and make it strangely appealing.
Walkers along the Salthill prominade are routinely treated to a visual feast sunsets over Galway Bay, like this one recently captured at the popular swimming pier at Blackrock.
My head waged a spirited protest– its cold, its windy, I’m hungry. . But my heart was having none of it. I slung the camera over my shoulder, mounted my bike, and flew down the hill. In that moment, I was a man with a mission: to photograph another sunset along Galway Bay. People sing about this shit. The least I can do is photograph it.
You have to relish those intermittent outbreaks of sunshine. When they come sandwiched between a string of particularly brutal days, they register as simply sublime.
Feeling uninspired on a blustery Monday, I nip off to my favorite eatery, relish my tasty meal and the badly needed escape it provides.
These days I seldom pay attention to the moon’s waxing and waning, but this month I was prepared for the full moon, and actually made the effort to photograph it, with pleasing results.
I’ve been taking full advantage of the string of nice weather here in the West of Ireland by making daily trips down to the sea, jump-starting my creativity, while producing a nice catalog of images I’m quite pleased with. This gallery presents are a small sampling of images from one of days I’ve been shooting along the Salthill Prominade over recent weeks.
The want of fresh fish from the local Seafood shop provided a convenient excuse for a walk along the Docks, where I captured this image and ruminated on the scarcity and joy of fresh local fish.
After a cold and frosty night in early November, Galwegians enjoyed another day of dazzling sunshine. Early evening walkers take full advantage, strolling the popular Salthill Prominade.
View Gallery An afternoon stroll was completely unplanned, but when I came out from the gym, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise. Showery sun breaks had kicked off a massive rainbow. Sensing a photo opportunity was underway, I grabbed my rangefinder camera and took to the prom.I generally resist photographing during the middle of [...]
Browsing through the program for the Galway Arts Festival 2010, you can’t help but feel the once-mighty festival has lost some of its luster. Given how vitally important the festival has been to Galway, in defining itself and generating income for the city, any such downward trend should trigger serious concern.
The following images are from the Streets of Galway running race. Held each year in early august, the race attracts several thousand participants. This year marks their 25th anniversary of the race.
Galway Arts Festival 2006 was a memorable year for culture on the streets, theatres and music venues of Galway. It was the height of the boom years and the organizations budget was flush with cash, leaving enthusiasts hard pressed to decide just where to spend their precious time and money. Here are some visual highlights from Galway Arts Festival ’06.
Galway’s famed street theatre company Macnas returned to the Galway Arts Festival in 2004 to perform yet another memorable spectacle of showmanship, in a whimsical and lighthearted performance billed as “Betty Big Shoes,” featuring a cast of nearly 500 participants.
Macnas returned to the streets of Galway in 2005 for its annual performance during the Galway Arts Festival. The theme of this year’s parade was Áit Ait, an Irish phrase roughly translating to “Strange Place.” Having discovered an ancient map containing details of a place that up until now was assumed to be mythical, intrepid [...]
As part of their annual contribution to the Galway Arts Festival, Macnas brought the Ninth Wonder of the World to the streets of Galway in July 0f 2008. The show featured a hideous green monster modeled after the Cryptosporidium virus that afflicted Galway’s waters, and numerous other freak show specimens.
During the Galway Arts Festival ’08, Macnas employs the cover of darkness to generate a visually compelling spectacle of Apocolopolis, a non-stop party city of endless diversion that flashes, pumps and drives under the marshmallow thumb of King Du Washawanna.