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Light on the Leaves ~ Autumn in Ireland

Autumn in Ireland | Light on the Leaves | City of Blackbirds Photography

Autumn is an uncertain season here in Ireland, we’re never quite sure when it will begin or end.  At some stage towards the end of summer the air will turn a little cooler and a hint of red will blush across the countryside, but you’re never really certain that it’s autumn until one morning you look out the window and suddenly there are more leaves on the lawn than in the trees. Deeper into the season autumn winds will sweep in and strip the branches bare overnight, and the sky will take on a colder shade of blue during the daylight hours.

The period when the leaves are turning always seems to rush by too quickly, but I managed to get out with the camera last weekend in the Dundrum Woods in Co. Tipperary to capture a little of the colour before it’s gone.  The woods are near my parents’ home in the Tipperary countryside, and I have many fond memories of long walks there watching for ducks on the lake or listening to the dawn chorus with my Dad and sister.  The trees looked beautiful, illuminated with luxurious russet and gold in the autumn sunlight.

Some of these photos were also taken at the bottom of Dad’s garden, where the morning sun shines through at just the right angle to capture some of that gorgeous light on the leaves.  In the hours just after sunrise the autumn light seems at its richest, and the leaves glow in its rays, a final burst of colour before falling to the earth.

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Swans Across The Morning ~

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Swans Across The Morning

Graceless I navigate the dawn
with a trembling mind and runaway heart
craving this peace, this wild light.

Everything is hushed and sleeping
except the light and the river
restless in the mists, taciturn depths.

Swans wing across the morning
gaudy with their honk and hiss
their clamorous flight stirring life into the stillness.

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Bloom in the Park 2012 ~

Bloom in the Park 2012

Had a wonderful day at Bloom in the Park with my camera, although it was hard to get shots of the gardens with so many people milling around them.  There were many beautiful flowers and plants to shoot, with gorgeous sunshine to boot, it was heavenly.

People keep telling me that the bee in the photo above looks Photoshopped, I can guarantee you he’s not!  I think it’s just that he looks so sharp against the blurred background, and his peculiar pose is simply a result of constantly snapping with the camera to try and get the right shot.  For this one decent photo I got of him I also took about ten others where he’s completely out of focus, it was a tough capture!

Anyway, hope you like this set of shots and that it gives you a rough idea of the gardens.  Already looking forward to next year’s festival!

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