Tales from the Road

08th June 2011
I am wondering more and more when someone will finally invent some Star Trek technology. I love my job but spending endless hours on the road to reach a destination is a real pain. Beaming would solve that problem.
The past 2 weeks saw me traveling to West Cork to visit Christophe Houdaille (Fastnet Sails), a sail maker who turned an old church into his workshop. For a nature and landscape photographer this was very much out of my comfort zone but Christophe and his team went over their heads to accommodate me. The results are a few very interesting images for my current book project.

The Fastnetsails Workshop

From there I went over to Dublin to film a feature on The Wildflowers of Ireland for RTE Nationwide. Thankfully I only had to play a supporting role and Declan Doogue did most of the talking. After driving half the night my brain didn't really function properly and I fear the few words I mumbled didn't make much sense.

Declon spreading his knowledge on the Irish flora for RTE Nationwide

After another early start to get a few shots of Dublin Harbour I traveled on to Strangford Lough, County Down where I would spend the next few days at Rob's and Rosemary's B&B in Greyabbey. Strangford Lough is a destination I was really looking forward to. In this place there always seems to prevail a certain tranquility even in the worst of weather. Talking about the weather... It's June, I am wearing my winter fleece and have a fire going. Did anybody check the Gulf Stream recently?
Anyway my visit to Co. Down coincided with 24 hours of perfect weather. Some sunshine, amazing cloudscapes and only the occasional shower. For me this meant putting in a 18 hour day. The alarm clock went off at 4am which gave me just enough time to catch the dawn light at Ballywalter. Next stop was Donaghadee for a session at the harbour. Then it was time for some breakfast.
With my batteries recharged I went over to Mahee Island to visit Nendrum Monastery. The cloudscape and the quality of the light were simply amazing so I did what a good landscape photographer - according to the rules - shouldn't do: Shooting at midday. These were probably the best few hours of the trip. Mahee and Reagh Island are among the places where you just don't want to leave. Around 4pm I eventually decided that something to eat and a few gallons of coffee might be a good idea and I treated myself to another break.
At 6pm I was back on the road for a little trip around the Ards Peninsula. This kept me busy until 10pm. 18 hours, a handful of good images, I think you can call that good day's work.
Now I only had to face the trip back to Co. Clare. Beam me up Scotty...

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