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I'm from dairy farming country, I'm used to cows. They're docile and stupid and are unlikely to chase you up a tree. But when you get up close you remember that they're actually pretty big and could flatten you if the notion took them. I met these two old dears munching from a feed tray while I was walking through their field to take a look at a lough. The bigger one stepped straight into my path with a kind of 'where do you think you're going?' look about her rheumy eyes. I put my hands up in the internationally recognised 'I come in peace' gesture and was able to pass. It was after

Posted on October 18, 2013 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

I recently spent 10 days in my old home town of St. Clears, where I had the chance to take these below. I was perusing my OS map when something called St Canna's Chair caught my eye. I looked it up and found it to be a stone in the shape of a chair, situated near a church, on which people suffering from 'ague and intestinal complaints' would sit in order to be cured. The sufferer of the ailment would throw pins into a nearby well, drink of the water and sometimes bathe in it. If the patient were able to sit in the chair for a length of time (sometimes the process was repeated for a

Posted on September 19, 2013 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

When I first saw this diving platform it was so cold on Salthill promenade that tears were streaming down my face. As I neared the diving platform I saw a man standing under an awning, soaking wet and in a pair of shorts, windmilling his arms. Referring to the water incredulously I asked "Have you just been in there?", he replied "No, this is how I always look"! Stupid question really but I would have thought that a dip in the water at that time of year would kill you. On my return visits I've come to realise that a quick dip in the water is popular with the locals. I saw a man strip to

Posted on April 15, 2013 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

I set off in my car for a lake that I saw on my map that I thought might be good to photograph. I took a wrong turn and ended up in Na Forbacha. So I parked by Padraicins pub and took a walk along the beach. On my way back I stopped to take this shot. I had my gear set up and was waiting for the sun to pop out from behind the clouds to light up the foreground, when I turned to find that tide had come in and my way back to the car was under water! I quickly scooped up my gear and legged it. I didn't actually know that I had this shot until I downloaded the memory card after shooting

Posted on March 25, 2013 by aledowenthomas in Landscape