August 13, 2010
… Well sort of. There was nobody around to hear my pretend engine noises and tyre squeals as I took the Ford Model T for a spin. I pass this fantastic sculpture several times a week; often there are tourists sitting in and on it having their pictures taken and so I thought that I would stop (when things were quiet) and have a go…
This wonderful piece of work was the Millennium project of Ballinascarthy Community Council. The plaque reads:
“You can have it any colour as long as its black”
These were the immortal words uttered by one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, HENRY FORD.
Henry’s family were residents in this very village prior to having emmigrated to the United States. The Ford legacy can still be seen around us today having never hesitated since revolutionising the motor industry in 1908 through the development of the worlds first mass produced automobile – The “Model T”. This car became a car for the people and by 1927 over 15 million had been built. Truly this car and its inventor were catalysts of the modern motor industry and by the time of his death in 1947 Henry had
“Put the World on Wheels”
So if you are ever heading into West Cork along the N71, don’t forget to stop in Ballinascarthy and take the Model T for a test drive :~)
March 18, 2010
Nikon F100, Nikkor 28-105 f3.5-4.5 D, Ilford FP4 plus (ISO 125), (Click to enlarge)
We were putting out some old dried bread onto the bird table with the unmistakable feeling of being watched. I turned around and there they were, waiting for us to leave so that they could tuck in! Someone commenting on this picture on photo.net said it was like something out of a Hitchcock film, maybe the black and white makes it look a bit sinister but in reality it was quite funny – we weren’t attacked by them or anything.
Waiting patiently for things is not a forte of mine so maybe these birds have a lesson to teach me. Also I am reminded of some lovely words from Psalm 130
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
February 26, 2010
Nikon F100, Nikkor 28-105 f3.5-4.5 D, Ilford HP5 plus (ISO 400), (click to enlarge)
Some years ago a sociologist accompanied a group of mountain climbers on an expedition. Among other things, he noticed a distinct correlation betwen clound cover and contentment. When there was no cloud cover and the peak was in view, the climbers were energetic and cooperative. When the grey clouds eclipsed the view of the mountaintop, though, the climbers were sullen and selfish.
The same thing happens to us. As long as our eyes are on his [that is God's] majesty there is a bounce in our step. But let our eyes focus on the dirt beneath us and we will grumble about every rock and crevice we have to cross.
These very helpful words brings to mind one of great verses of encouragement, Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Fixing (or focusing) our eyes on Jesus, that’s what it’s all about – if only I didn’t get in the way so much…
January 28, 2010
Nikon F100, Nikkor 18-35 D, Ilford HP5 plus (ISO 400)
I was reminded of these words (in the ‘old’ King James Version of the Bible) when looking at this photo I took last Saturday in MacCarthy’s Bar, Glengarriff. We were waiting for our meal to arrive when I noticed the shadows of two people talking the other side of the partition. Like the children I was getting fidgety and I had a couple of pictures left on the film…
The words are of course from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, which coincidentally is the Epistle for this Sunday (Epiphany 4).
12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Generally I prefer the modern versions of the Bible, but there are times when the old text has a power and resonance that (in English at least) imho cannot be surpassed.
January 7, 2010
Nikon F100, Nikkor 18-35 D, Fujifilm Superia 200
On our way to Dingle, my better half and navigator saw something interesting on the map so we decided to take a small detour and investigate. Despite driving on narrow, icy roads (with a severe drop down a cliff awaiting any slippery mistakes) it was definitely worth the diversion. The lake was flat-calm, the air still and cold and the scene very beautiful.
When we rounded the corner to see this scene in front of us it was a special moment. Being naturally a booky indoors type, I’ve gradually over recent years began to see the importance of appreciating God’s creation in worship. Trying to find a good place to take the above photo from was done with a mixture of prayer, excitement and carefully placed footfalls. Looking at the picture now makes me excited, excited about God.
October 13, 2009
Nikon D70s, f9, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 450mm equivalent (click to enlarge)
This picture of the moon was taken a few days ago in the early afternoon from the front garden. Nasa have been up to things crashing two unmanned spacecraft on to the moon’s surface to try and see if there were any signs of water in the past. An interesting experiment or a waste of money? I’m not sure.
It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers. The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.