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Connemara, Ireland Pt 1

My last hurrah before the twins arrived was a trip to Connemara for a workshop with Rohan Reilly.  

Located in the west of Ireland, the Connemara landscape offers a myriad of opportunities for photographers with the Mamturk and Twelve Bens mountains, rugged inlets and sandy beaches and the barren bogland and heathlands. Boglands may not sound the most inspiring of landscapes, but the Connemara Bog complex is rich in its beauty.  A blanket of bog, covered in heath vegetation interspersed with rocky outcrops and a vast network of reed lined bog pools. The dark still pools of the bog  providing a mirror like surface in which the peaks of the Twelve Bens reflect. 

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Hawk Cliff, Dublin, Ireland

The Dublin coastline is home to many a nook and cranny hosting a favourite Dublin past time, open water bathing and swimming.  Hawk Cliff or Vico Baths as it is also known, is one such facility.  Overshadowed by the nearby Forty Foot, a Dublin institution that is immortalised in Joyce's Ulysses, the Vico Baths clings to the face of Hawk Cliff in amongst the  aristocats and highfalutin Dublin upper class of the 'Irish Riviera' that is Dalkey.

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Colliemore Harbour, Dublin, Ireland

This picturesque little fishing harbour is located in Dalkey in Dublin, Ireland and looks out towards Dalkey Island and its prominent martello tower. A popular spot with the local photography community, I shared the harbour wall with another two photographers as we watched the sun rising up behind the island and silhouetting the tower on the horizon.

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Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

The prominent profile of Ailsa Craig rises out of the Firth of Clyde welcoming the weary traveller back to the coast of Scotland.  Sitting 10 miles off the Ayrshire coastline, the volcanic plug rises 330m out of the sea and is home only to large colonies of gannets and puffins.  The island has been quarried since the mid-nineteenth century for rare forms of granite particular to the island, the characteristics of which make the ideal material for the production of curling stones.

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