Category Archives: Landscape
A couple of days ago I went up to the Hill of Slane and was amazed at how beautiful it was. So much so, that, I decided to go back to the Hill of Slane at night and I gotta say, it was even nicer than I had hoped. It was beautifully lit from a distance and even better the closer I got.
As I was walking up the hill, I was composing the photographs in my head, cameras slung over my back, tripod in my hand and thinking to myself, “yeah, I like those rocks over there, I’ll try and get them into the foreground of some of the wide angle shots.” I thought it strange that here I was in the pitch black and I was able to notice rocks, yet a few days ago I never noticed them.
Stuck in the middle with Moo!
All became very clear, very soon when a few of those “rocks” got up, walked towards me and started to Moo! I nearly left a cow-pat of my own right there and then! I was exactly halfway between the ruins at the Hill of Slane and my car and I was left wondering do I go on or do I run like hell back to my car. I decided to man-up and continue gingerly up the hill. When I was about three-quarters way up I thought to myself, “what if there’s a bull in here with me?!?” Needless to say, my gingerly pace turned into a trot. When I got to the wall of the ruins I closed the gate and got cracking on taking photos, forgetting all about my bovine interaction. That was until I heard some movement quite close to me and then some more of those unmerciful moo’s from those Mad Cows again.
Halfway through the shoot I realised that an off camera flash would’ve been beneficial. It was, of course, back in the car. After a little debate in my head, I mustered up some courage and headed back to the car to get the flash, all the while humming (in the tune of that Stealers Wheel song, Stuck in the Middle With You) “Cows to the left of me, More cows to my right; stuck in the middle with Moo.
Here are a selection of images that I took while visiting Townley Hall. It is a wonderful area to visit, great to get out there into nature and have some good old fashioned fun with the family. However, I must say that it is tainted by the fact that there have been many attempted (and some successful) car theft’s and vandalisation in the car park. It leaves us with a quandary, do we enjoy nature with the family, breathing fresh air into our lungs while some thug nicks our car, or do we stay at home and watch a television programme about some thug nicking someone else’s car!
On Yer Bike!
I suppose one solution would be to bring our bikes instead but my one year old still struggles at mountain biking at present!
I’ve been to Slane on numerous occasions over the years, whether it was for one a cup of tea and a slice of cake at George’s Patisserie or to jump into the mosh pit at a rock concert in the castle, but I’ve never been up to the hill of Slane before. I was well worth a visit and I plan to go back there at night.
Tabhair Dom Do Lámh
It’s such a shame that the statue of St. Patrick was vandalised, I can’t comprehend why someone would do something like that, I could’ve Photoshopped his hand back on, but, it is what it is. Maybe some local sculptor could put his/her hand to it and give St Patrick a hand!
Looking Down on Drogheda from The Cup & Saucer
Here are a couple of panoramic photos of Drogheda from Millmount. You can get fabulous views of Drogheda from up here if the weather is good. On the Hi-Res versions of these images you can really see the beauty and detail of Drogheda. The museum itself is well worth a visit too. Not only does it give a history of Millmount but also of the town of Drogheda. I brought my children there during the summer and on one floor (actually, I think it was the basement) there was a section on telecommunications and one of my daughters pointed out an old rotary phone and asked what it was! I told her it was a phone and showed her how it worked but she couldn’t figure it out. I told her to put her finger in each of the numbers, in the order that she wanted to dial. “So, you had to, like, remember numbers & stuff? That’s mad!!”. She then proceeded to take out her phone and tweet about how ancient I was!!!