This was the first week that there was no trace of a storm. Light winds and pleasant days have become the norm. Potatoes planted in advance of St Patrick’s Weekend. On Tuesday I stopped at the Old Railway Bridge in Cappoquin to take a few photographs. The blue sky gave the impression that it was a summer’s day rather than a spring day. The burnt grass from the winter storms is the only give away.
On Friday afternoon I went to the Cunnigar which is a sand spit across Dungarvan Harbour. I recently set up the camera so that I can turn the knob and it is ready to point and shoot for wild life. I have missed the Brent Geese a few times trying to get the appropriate settings. This time it was just perfect. Less than a second to taking the first shot as a flock of Brent Geese who were feeding near the water’s edge took off when they saw me. I was very pleased to catch them in flight.
It was great to see this Clean Coast sign on a makeshift rubbish bin at the start of the path to the Cunnigar. It was obvious that people had made some effort to collect several items from the beach. Hopefully we will see this initiative on all Waterford beaches this year.
After the Cunnigar I went out to Helvic Pier. Just as I was getting out of the car I noticed a fishing trawler coming in with the birds behind it. I managed to catch the boat with the Ballinacourty lighthouse in the background.
As I got near home I noticed lovely light in the sky out over the sea to the east. I went down to one of my favorite spots in Ballinard Beach. This is very close to where some of my ancestors lived in the 1800’s and 1900’s. The little beach provides great views of Helvic Head and Ballyvoile Head. Using the grad filter I took a few shots of the evening sky. While this is a great place for sunrises I think that it is equally good when the sun is setting behind the photographer and lighting up the sky and casting warm light over the wet stones at the water’s edge.
All in all a very relaxing afternoon and a great start to the bank holiday weekend.