Wedding card — Elizabeth Fitzgerald Cards

I randomly decided to set up a Separate blog for displaying my cards, feel free to go check it out (even though there’s not much there yet.)

After a week or so of reorganising my craft space in the hopes of finding some inspiration, I finally decided to go back to basics and make cards for events that I new would be coming up soon. First up, is a cousins wedding next month. We won’t be attending due to restrictions but still […]

Wedding card — Elizabeth Fitzgerald Cards

Lockdown Thoughts #1

Here in Ireland, we are currently in the middle of our 3rd lockdown which has been extended for a further 4 weeks. All non essential retail has been closed, along with restaurants, hairdressers etc. and we can’t travel beyond 5km from home unless it is for essential reasons. I live In a pretty large town on the outskirts of a city, with one busy riverside park running the length of the town that connects the local river to the historic gunpowder mills. That Park is always packed with joggers, dog walkers, and kids burning energy in the playground or skatepark. Not really the most peaceful or relaxing area.

Being in various stages of lockdown for most of the last year, and restricted in how far we can travel has made me realize how much I loved just being out in nature. As a photographer, and someone with an Anxiety disorder, I find that there is just something very calming and relaxing about hiking to the top of a mountain and looking down at the stunning landscape, or walking through the ancient glacier lakes of the Gap of Dunloe in Co.Kerry. I miss the quiet. I miss the scenery. I miss the Beauty of Ireland and the last few weeks I have found myself just wanting to get into the car and drive to the coast or to the nearest mountain range.

I want to be able to visit some of my favourite scenery again, or maybe even discover something new.
I know that I will get there again, and I know that it will be worth the wait…
But until then, I’ll have to make do with photos of the garden birds or that riverside park and wait not-so-Patiently…

Hello Again..

Hello
I haven’t posted here in the last few months for a couple of reasons.

The first being almost non-stop lockdowns and restrictions due to the virus limiting the amount of photo opportunities I have had. At the moment here in Ireland, we are stuck with a 5km radius and there isn’t really anything scenic locally since I live pretty close to a city. There is one park but it is always extremely busy, especially on weekends.

I also have been concentrating on my mental health lately. We’re into our 3rd lockdown in Ireland and I’m finding this one the toughest of them all. It almost seems never-ending at times. Back in April or May, around the first lockdown, I was officially Diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder after dealing with anxiety for over 10 years.

Lockdowns and various restrictions have put most of the traditional methods for dealing with Social Anxiety on Hold so me and my team have had to use our imagination a small bit and alter our plan. My goal is to a get to a point where Anxiety is no longer in the driving seat, Where I am in control.
My Anxiety tends to get in the way of something as simple as posting on Facebook or Instagram so I find running a blog quite difficult. At least with photos, I don’t need to do the talking.

I hope to get better at posting here over time…

Until then, or until I can find a photo opportunity, this will have to do…

Update and Card making..

I haven’t been able to post any more photos here recently for a few reasons. First the hard drive I store my photos on started to die, resulting in some of the files for the more recent photos becoming corrupted. Then after that, my laptop started to die and I had to replace that. I still havent gotten any photo editing software for my new laptop. So that’s on hold for the moment.. But another one of my hobbies is card making.

There’s something about card making that I find very relaxing. It’s good for stress relief. I used to enjoy arts and crafts when I was younger but I only just started getting back into it in the last year. And that’s when I discovered card making. These cards below are some I made using the free kit that came with Issue 150 of Papercrafter magazine.

I’m still pretty new to this card making stuff so not very confident in my work yet. If anyone has any tips or advice let me know. 🙂

Photography #7 – Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry – Revisited

Now that the travel restrictions between counties in Ireland have started to ease we have started to go back exploring some of our favourite parts of west Cork and Kerry.
And given the gorgeous 25+ degree weather that we’ve been having lately we decided to head back out to the Gap of Dunloe near Killarney, co. Kerry, Ireland. For those who dont know, I already have a previous post on the Gap of Dunloe which can be found here.

The last time we visited the Gap of Dunloe back in the summer of 2019, it was your average Irish summer day. Warm but raining, and there was a layer of mist clinging to everything so it was nice to see the Gap of Dunloe on a clear, sunny day. (although I did have a bit of trouble with my camera lens fogging up due to the temperature so please ignore the slight hazy look to the photos..)

Photography #6 – Experimenting with Black and White

So, for a Photography course that I am currently doing online, we had to take a series of Black and White shots for our latest Assignment. Just felt like sharing some of my Favorites. Enjoy 🙂

Photography #5 – Killarney National Park

More photos from Killarney national park back in April of 2019. These photos were taken around the ruins of Muckross Abbey. You can find out more about Muckross Abbey and Killarney National park Here. Looking forward to going back and exploring Kerry some more when all this is done..

Photography #4 – Gap of Dunloe, Kerry.

Considering the fact that I may not be getting a whole lot of use out of my camera at the moment with everything that is going on in the world (and with Ireland being on lockdown until further notice), I have decided to post some of my favorite day trips from last summer.

Map of the route – Killarney to the Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is possibly one of the most beautiful spots that I have seen so far and if I could pick one place to go to once we’re allowed out in public again, it would be here.

The Gap of Dunloe is a popular Scenic walking route in county Kerry Ireland, roughly a 20 minute drive from Killarney, that divides the McGillycuddy Reek’s Mountain range in the West from the Purple Mountain Group Range in the East. The Gap of Dunloe was formed about 25,000 years ago during Ireland’s last ice age as a result of a “glacial breach” where a glacier in the ‘Black Valley’ part of the Templenoe Icecap, estimated to be over 500 metres deep, broke through the Head of the Gap and moved northwards carving out a U-Shaped Valley.

The road from Kate Kearney’s Cottage in the northern end to Lord Brandon’s Cottage in the southern end near the black valley is 11 kilometres (7 miles) in length and has a total of 5 Lakes. For more information on the gap of Dunloe Click here

Photography #3 – Ladies View and Torc Falls, County Kerry

If there is any place I’d highly recommend to anyone planning a visit to or Around Ireland, it would be County Kerry, Especially Killarney and the surrounding areas. Stunning views of mountains and valleys and Plenty of variety when it comes to things to do and see and I’ll only be covering two of those things today.

Killarney-map

Screenshot taken from Google Maps.. Distance from Killarney to Ladies view

 

First up, Ladies View:
Ladies view provides visitors with a scenic panoramic view of the ring of Kerry and Killarney national park and It is Located roughly about 19 kilometres (12 miles) from Killarney (roughly 25 mins according to google maps, see above). It is said to have gained its name due to the pleasure expressed by Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting during a visit in 1861 and you can now browse a gift shop or enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as you take in the view. See Here for more information.

 

Torc Waterfall:
Torc Waterfall is located and the base of Torc Mountain within Killarney national Park and is roughly 8 kilometres (5 miles) From Killarney Town Centre. As well as the waterfall, there is also a Hiking trail that will take you to the top of the mountain.
See Here for more information:

On this Particular trip, Due to leaving late we didn’t get to complete the Torc Mountain Hike or begin exploring the rest of Killarney National Park. Maybe in a future Photography entry.