Monthly Archives: September 2014

Black and White Three – Beautiful Messes

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Urlaur Lake, Mayo – one of my other favourite places and so close.

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More boats from around Killala harbour.

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I took the same shot in colour – it is good too, but I still like the B&W better.

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Which do you like better?

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Black and White Two – the Aneala and a Druid’s Glen

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More Hipstamatic shots!
Taken on the Mayo Coast near Killala a ship out of water.

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Taken while driving near Kilkelly – hence the blur, which I think makes the shot. I always call out ‘druid’s glen!’ when the trees meet over the road.

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A reminder: these photos are under my copyright and cannot be shared without permission and a link to the original source, this blog. Thanks! (don’t make me have to watermark the shit out of these, okay?)

Black and White One – Mary and Spot

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I love the Hipstamatic application – I love the setup I use, anyway. I’ve never gotten around to playing with the dozens of other ways the app can be used. I know my favourite grouping of lens & film will always capture the image I see in my head.

I have too many good ones to share all at once – I’ve just realised this as I started uploading. I’ll only do a couple at a time.

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Taken inside a local pub.

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My good boy Spot on a sunny day.

A reminder: these photos are under my copyright and cannot be shared without permission and a link to the original source, this blog. Thanks! (don’t make me have to watermark the shit out of these, okay?)

Take a Deep Breath and Swallow

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A family of swallows made a nest under an overhang at work.

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They grow so fast! Last week all four babies took their first flights.

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Some were better at landing than others. The flying seemed easy for them – just not the landings.

One crashed into a box inside and knocked itself silly. Little birdie was handed to me, so I could make a rescue attempt. He was scared, but not shivering, so I thought there was a chance still. I took him outside and set him on a quiet curbstone to recover.

After about 10 minutes, I could see he had perked up but was still dangerously close to the ground. I went back out to check on him…

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He let me stoke the back of his neck, where birds like being petted best. But he still didn’t fly away, so I took the chance to get pictures with my iPhone.

I got one of the best shots I ever have taken!

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Cartoon Craziness Challenge – Build a Burger?

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Well, hell, I thought. That’s a tough one. Invent my own hamburger with anything on it? Sheeeeeit.

Once again, Mental Mama and The Indecicisive Eejit have given me food for thought and inspired a titch of creativity. I think this is their last cartoon challenge, however, and for that I’m a bit sad.

Back to Build a Burger. It seemed a difficult concept at first – but my Imagination Goop flowed rather quickly and gave me an Idea. Making the Idea into a work of art was harder. There’s a story, of course!

I recently have had an album on nearly constant rotation on the car CD player. It is by a little-known indie/grunge band called Sugartooth. They only released two albums, and I only have the first one. Back in 1997 a guy at work (who was quite married and practically begged me to let him into my pants – I did say no) gave me a copy. I forget his name (but not his face) and I will be forever in his debt for introducing me to Sugartooth’s music. One of my favourite lyrics inspired my crappy drawing – from a song called Black Queen, “I was hungry, so I ate all the words I could swallow.” Poetry does still show up in rock music. Yes, Sled – I know it isn’t your cuppa whiskey, but you might be surprised. Raucous, yes – but also emotional. I need emotion in my music.

On to the cartoon.

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I knew I could only fit a few words into my sandwich, so I picked four of my favourites. I love them for the way they sound, or they way they feel in my mouth, or the memories I have when I learned the word. ‘Vegetables’ is straight up juicy – it makes me salivate when I say it. ‘Ubiquitous’ is a memory of my father naming annoying children at the next table “ubiquitous” – with a long suffering sigh – and me loving the word but not having a clue what it meant. ‘Serendipity’ – you just have to love it. Luck. I think I read a book when I was a wee child and a dragon-ish Thing was called Serendipity. Also, it is something I’m short on and would gladly eat more of… Sanguine because it is a slippery word in my mind and also is important to me for a bit of fiction I was/am writing.

Hope you bothered to read all this, it was equally fun to do and significant for me to share.