A couple of weeks back I posted an image of a leaf stuck to the skylight, together with verse - See Leaf on the Skylight. For that post I managed to get the contrasting blue sky in the background. In the shot below I managed to get better detail but the compromise was the rather washed out background colour that the grey clouds provided. Hopefully you will appreciate this image for the additional detail shown, including the red stab wounds and the leaching of the green colour.
The Slain Leaf
Have a great weekend.
In thinking of Gougane Barra in County Cork, the image of the small church by the lough is what would typically come to mind. However, to fully admire the place one has to take in the surrounding countryside; waterfalls tumble down from the mountain slopes, streams make channels through the pines on the valley floor and sheep can be heard roaming the hills.
Go beyond the church and you will come across picnic tables set in amongst the pines and a number of different trails to explore.
Scenic Gougane Barra
This image is taken from just by the church looking up into the hills at the end of the valley. Many times I have been here and the wind has been whistling through, roughing the water, but on this occasion all was still and the water of the lough was a perfect mirror .
Over the last three weeks I have been attending a course in Cork City on running your own business. With there being relatively few jobs in the tourism sector, I thought that at least I should understand what may be involved, should I think seriously abut such a venture. I have to say it was a great, if somewhat intense course, that was put on by Cork City Enterprise Board and one of the benefits was meeting other individuals all at varying stages of development. It was great to share experiences and thoughts and to be amid such positive energy.
One of these individuals was looking to follow her dream of growing her own flowers and using these, when freshly cut, to make natural flower arrangements and bouquets. As each would be fresh they would not only reflect the season of the year, but be eco-friendly as they are not leaving a jet trail behind them.
But what of winter? Last Saturday on the final day of the course we got our answer, when Anne provided us with a bouquet each. It was like receiving an award just for attending the course – it was brilliant. To me this bouquet spelt out mulled wine, open fires, Christmas, scarves and gloves, mince pies and all that winter should be. I include a couple of images of the bouquet and you can judge for yourself, though please be gentle on my non-existent flower arranging skills as I simply took out the bouquet from its wrapping and placed them in a vase – no preening or arrangement going on. Also included in the images are close-up detail shots, just click to enlarge if you wish.
A Winter Bouquet
Anne is working on her plan, but my advice would be to watch out for “Wild Bunches” in 2014 and presently the best way to do that is to check out Wild Bunches’ Facebook Page. You can use this link to see more of her work, to contact Anne directly or simply to ‘like’ what she is doing. Good luck Anne, you rock.
(ps you may have noticed that my watermark has changed for these latest photos – you will soon find out why)
In the last few days I have posted pictures that were taken on a wander around Kennedy Quay in Cork. Despite the sun not being in the best of positions I made the most of the opportunity I had been given. Here is a collection of shots that have not been posted before, with the exception of the B&W Odlums image which was previously published in colour. I hope you enjoy.
Odlums on the Docks
Light & Shadow
Just like most waterfalls, this example has luscious ferns and bright green leaves surrounding the descent, clinging on to the surrounding walls of stone. In this case, though, the torrent of water often runs dry and, even when it flows, it cannot be seen.
Another set from my wander around the docks at Kennedy Quay, Cork.
So here we stand at the crossroads, looking at which road to choose to go down. As I stop at the roadside it would be all too easy to just pull back out onto the main road and continue to head in the same direction. It is after all a road I know well and seems pretty popular. But where is it going? More importantly, where do I want to go?
Very basic questions and I am glad to have the opportunity to revisit them. When travelling, there almost seemed to be a competition to see who could find the narrowest road with the most grass going in the middle, in other words the road less travelled. So having done my analysis it seems that this is the road I should take, away from the highway.
Trapped by Fuchsia
I have spoken to recruitment agencies who simply shake their heads and say they haven’t seen job vacancies in this area for a good while. I have no direct experience in the field, nor do I have a related professional qualification and the major backer (the Government) has a moratorium on employment. It almost sounds like I should simply look down the track wistfully and move on to find another road.
However, there are good reasons to press on:
- I want to work in an area that interests me and for which I have a passion
- I know I can make a difference
- I have many skills that are transferrable and get on well with people
- People who know me well think it is the right choice (while this is not essential, it is good to receive)
So there we have it, the sector I would love to be involved in is the Travel and Tourism Sector and that is the road I will head down. It will be tough, there will be setbacks on the way, but I have the drive and passion to succeed. The contact list is being compiled and we are now turning down that little side road with no satellite navigation on board.
The Scenic Route
Looking forward to the views, if not all of the ascents.
Down at the docks on Kennedy Quay in Cork lies the old brick Odlum’s building. It faces north so hardly gets any sun and especially so at this time of year. As a result, it is all too easy for this red brick building to go unnoticed. It’s a shame really as up close the building is a bit of a gem, despite falling into a bit of disrepair as you can see by the image below.
Lines, Curves and Broken Glass
Hopefully you may also appreciate an oft overlooked building here in Cork.