September 6, 2010


On this day in 1620, The Mayflower left Plymouth, England with pilgrims to settle in the New World.

Carrowkeel Ponies

Although the sunshine this past week seems to have faded, it was still a good day to be out in the hills. The Murphy's headed for Carrowkeel, a neolithic Passage Grave cemetery in the Bricklieve Mountains. This is really a magical place, apart from the very significant archaeology, the wild mountain landscape gives breath-taking views across the mid-lands and into the North and West of Ireland.

Photo: There are horses all over this landscape, as well as sheep, goats and donkeys. This shot was a lucky snatch, the dark rain clouds in the background were five minutes away from off-loading on top of us. While framing the shot, a burst of sunlight illuminated the foreground for a couple of seconds, creating that contrast - just lucky. No more than I could control the weather, I was not able to get those horses to cooperate and line out any better than this. Still, the light in the image has qualities that I like and the passage tomb in the background makes for a dramatic secondary point of interest.
ISO 100. 1/80 @ f/8