Posts tagged ‘Canon A570is’

August 24, 2009


Being a supporter of the English Cricket team is always like being on a roller-coaster, (with many more downs than ups). Yesterday provided us with something to celebrate – winning back the Ashes. This is a fantastic achievement and one to savour, not only because of its rarity, but (as England will be going to Australia next year) because of its brevity too.

I’ve had great fun this summer playing cricket in the back garden with our eldest son. It’s only a matter of time though until a window gets broken!

September 15, 2008

Time Out…

Canon A570is, f8, ISO 80, 23mm (x2), (Click to enlarge)

I’ve been working a lot recently (makes a change I hear some say ;-). So without my feeling any guilt at all I decided to take the morning off and we went for a walk along the beach at Ballybrannigan. What a beautiful morning it was, not even a hint of rain and what a lovely walk and time together it was too…

I came to the conclusion that God is pretty good at the whole “Time Out” thing. He gave us this beach just to ourselves and the sound of the waves and the feel of the water on our toes did just the job to recharge the batteries.

September 10, 2008

Emmet Place

Canon A570is, 1/60 sec, ISO 80, 5.8 mm (x2), (Click to enlarge)

On Monday evening, on my way to the institution of the new Rector in Youghal I passed this interesting place near the Church. It was quite a busy street and I couldn’t stand back far enough to get it all in one photo, so it’s two pictures ‘stitched together’ on the computer. The street sign says “Emmet Place”, presumably after Robert Emmet, the famous Irish Patriot (and of course member of the Church of Ireland!)

You know the expression “if only … could talk”, well if only this house could talk, once we had got over the initial shock of a speaking building I’m sure it would be able to tell us a fascinating history. Who lived here, what were they like, how long has the building been empty? Probably many families have lived here, children were born and grew up here, people lived their lives and grew old and died here. There were probably many happy and many sad chapters of life lived out within those walls that are now weak with age and neglect and all memory fading away along with the peeling paint…

Where has the laughter gone, the windows won’t say, where have the memories gone, the walls will not tell…

In looking at the transient nature of once fine human dwellings, I’m reminded of John 14, where the Lord Jesus says:

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (verses 2 and 3).

In the unsureties of this life it’s great to know the permanency of what the Lord Jesus has achieved for all who put their faith and trust in Him – an eternal dwelling place that will never fade away and where there will be no sadness or death, only the joy of being with our Saviour, Master and Friend…

September 9, 2008

Failed crop?

Canon A570is, 1/320sec, F4, ISO 80, 5.8mm (click to enlarge)

It’s a bit sad driving around the parish and seeing the crops damaged by the heavy rain. When I took the picture above during a drive from Ballymore back home, I noticed how the wheat was all bent over. Apparently though this is not necessarily a ruined crop. I was speaking to a farmer on Sunday and asked him about the bent over wheat and he said that it can still be harvested so long as it hasn’t sprouted and so long as the rain hasn’t completely flattened the crop. I hope and pray that there will be better weather over the coming days so that the crop in this field and many others can be saved. However, it seems that we are having the tail-end of hurricanes ‘Gustav’, ‘Hannah’ and ‘Ike’ at the moment… Didn’t someone say that we were going to have good weather in September?!

I was asked by online Christian magazine “Good News Now”, if they could use this photo as their “picture of the day”. I was delighted to give them permission to use it but go and have a look at the other pictures there, they are all much better than mine!

September 3, 2008

Harvest time at Belvelly, Cobh

Canon A570IS, 1/500 sec, f6.3, ISO 80, 5.8mm (Click to enlarge)

The farming community has had a tough ‘summer’, it’s good to see a field with a least a bit of sun on it – even if only for a brief while. This was taken yesterday evening and just this morning the weather had changed rather dramatically for the worse once more.

If only we could find some way to export a few clouds to places that could do with them, like those vineyards in Australia that haven’t had rain for four years. To make matters worse, we got a water bill yesterday and a leaflet urging us of the need to conserve water, as supplies were limited!

August 26, 2008

All that glitters…

the quays galway.jpg

“The Quays”, Galway (click to enlarge)
Canon A570IS, 1/8 sec, f2.6, ISO 200, 5.8mm (3 photos)

This picture is of perhaps the most famous bar in Galway. The over-the-top Gothic design and wooden ceilings give a mixture of impressions of being in a medieval cathedral or a creaky old ship. In case one was forgetting which century we were in, there is the big screen in the background showing a race from the Olympic cycling velodrome…

The recent Olympics in Beijing were many things: Impressive, huge, spectacular even awe-inspiring, but there was also much that left me uncomfortable. In some ways it’s great to see China come of age and to be mostly free of the bloodbath that was Mao’s “Cultural Revolution”, but all the bad stuff hasn’t gone away, just swept under a very large (red) carpet.

One of my favourite songs at the moment is Casting Crowns’ “What this world needs”, the chorus of which goes:

What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them
In their time of need
A savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love
That’s what this world needs

As I look at China this is what I think, that they are a nation desperate to be loved and accepted by the rest of the world, but also wanting to say “well actually we’re much better, more powerful and more civilised than you”. (Just look at the games’ opening ceremony to get that message.)

All this was put in a nutshell with the case of poor old Liu Xiang, the magnificent 110m hurdler, who won the gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. This great athlete had become a centrepiece of the hopes of the Chinese nation for the games. Everywhere one went around Beijing there were giant posters of him hurdling over a credit card or drinking coke. Unfortunately, the nations idol came a cropper in the heats, pulling up with a hamstring injury before even the first hurdle was reached. 1.3 billion people were crestfallen, that immense sense of national pride had been dented – even the Chinese newsreader broke into tears. We were left with an overhead shot of this poor chap, with impossible pressure put upon him retreating back to the dressing room and taking out his frustration by kicking a door (with his good leg).

People put their hopes in so many different things – but everyone and everything will always let us down in the end – except Jesus that is.

Here’s an astonishing statistic: According to Open Doors International ( there are between 60-80 million Christians in China, and possibly many more! It seems that the harder the Chinese authorities come down on the church, the more people that are imprisoned, tortured and/or killed, the more the Church grows

Perhaps some of those who were putting their faith in Liu Xiang will leave him alone now to get on with his life and instead put their faith and trust in the One who will lead them, love them and rescue them – and never, ever let them down…

July 30, 2008

A Stony-faced Welcome!

A stony stare Canon A570IS, f4, 1/60 sec, ISO 80, 5.8mm

This fellow with the curious expression greets worshipers on their way into Christchurch in Rushbrooke, Cobh. I wonder who he is? Some famous Anglican like Latimer, Ridley, or Cranmer? Maybe one of the Apostles? Maybe the Architect of the church building? Maybe the winner of a competition (held in the 1860’s and presumably on a scratchcard) to “win a carving of your head to be placed at the entrance to the church being built in Cobh!?”

The thing is that he is always there, come rain or shine (hence the heavily pock-marked face). It doesn’t matter that the service starts at 9.45 am on a Sunday morning and he’s been out the night before, he is to be found at church every time, without exception. Now that’s what I call dedication…

July 22, 2008

Belvelly, Cobh

Bellvelly Bridge and Norman Keep, Cobh, Co. Cork

Canon A570is 2 exposures made into panorama

I’m really blessed to have such a scenic parish to drive around in. This photo is taken on the Cobh side of Belvelly Bridge. The sign that greets you gives directions for Cobh going on the left and right roads, which can be quite confusing for the uninitiated! The Norman Keep in the picture is actually for sale – you can just make out the large auctioneers sign above the parked minibus – needless to say, it would take a bit of work. I drive over this bridge several times a week – though it is nearly always at its best early on a Sunday morning when I am on my way to church in Cobh. Many time I’ve wished I had my camera to capture a silvery winter sunrise or the glorious blue of a midsummer’s day (not too many of those mind you). So last Sunday morning I made sure I did have the camera and here is the picture – the clouds were not nearly that dark in reality, it is just the extra contrast produced by taking the shot into the sun.

July 21, 2008

Ballywilling Strand

Ballywilling Co. Cork

Canon A570is, 3 exposure panorama

We discovered this wonderful place recently on a family outing, a relatively hidden beach not too far away from the much more popular Garryvoe Beach in East Cork. I wonder who lives in that little house, not a bad view – though perhaps a bit scary during a winter storm?!