Heather in the summer grass

If I hear the words "purple" and "green" the first thing I think about is purple heather snuggled in the green summer grasses of wild Connemara bogs. 

I can feel the fresh breeze touching my skin, the sun from behind the fleeting clouds is week but almost warm. The smell of bogs and water, grass and wild flowers is overpowering and sweet.

There is nothing like Walking Connemara in the summer.  

purple heather plants in the grass

heather image

heather in the grass

heather flowers in the grasses

heather flowers in the grass

heather plantsheather plants

heather plants in the wild Connemara grasses

My boxer story

For the last week or so we took care of a third boxer.

a brindle boxer dogYes, I am not joking. We already have two lovely chaps and decided we need more. When you have one boxer, it is never enough. You get so much love and attention from them it is addictive. Honestly, pure addiction. The way they look at you, the way they can read you and predict what you are going to do before you do it so they can join you and you can not say no.... Doesn't that sound like the perfect relationship?!

Anyway, we got the first one as a puppy, 7 years ago. He has imprinted on us all perfectly now. I never had a dog before him and I never knew it is so wonderful and rewarding. We got boxer books, we read, we watched a lot of dog shows and now I can say that we are pretty good with dogs. We walked him every single day for at least and hour an half, most of the time two and more. No matter the weather and believe me around here in this part of Ireland, the weather is pretty bad most of the time. As long as he has had his walk and a good meal after, no dog will create any problems after that, believe you me, he is only one big sofa cushion for the rest of the day and night... We always say he is our Big Love..

boxer dog, beautiful rusty colourThen 4 years ago we decided to find him company and rescued number two. The poor thing has had a
lot of of problems in his short life. He was starved, totally dehydrated, scared out of his head, about a year old and not house trained, didn't recognise any name we tried. So sad!! But now, when people look at him they can not believe that he was rescued he looks as good and vibrant as any other dog. One of the most heartbreaking things about him is that he is always trying so hard to prove that he is a good boy, even after all this years, he still has the need in his heart to prove that. He looks in my eyes and assumes his best "I am a good boy" position and shows me that he is good...... he simply doesn't deserve anything bad to happen to him. We can only speculate what it was but he was definitely tied up in a confined space, he couldn't move much for a long period of time, the scar from the extremely tight collar never heeled, his coat didn't grow back. And he doesn't like to get dirty at all, amazing, isn't it?

So a week ago we sheltered another boxer with the hope that we will be able to keep him. Unfortunately nothing went as we planed. The boy was fabulous, I fell in love with him straight away. Unfortunately he had a big issue with our boys. We knew there will be a bit of tension, introducing new dog and all, but things went completely out of hand and at the end and we had to give him up.

We kept them separated, blocking the doors in the house so they can not reach each other, the house was divided in half basically and not very livable. On his own, the new boy was fantastic, quiet, so loving and adorable but the moment he spied the other two he got wired and tensed up and simply jumped at them to fight. And it wasn't about dominance anymore, they fought 6-7 times and he lost every single time. He attacked the others once even when they had their backs turned, when one of them was sleeping and so on.... So no matter how much I liked him, and how good his life could have been here with us, we had to say good bye. I am so sad. 

I hope you find a good family, my boy.

a brown boxer dog sitting in the grass

a brown boxer dog looking after a running cat

Without words, Ode to Light

Sometimes there is no need to say a word. The photos tell the whole story for me. 

Without words, Ode to Light

branches in the sunlight, abstract image

Abstract Artistic image, branches bathing in sunlight

golden sunlight, branches with raindrops

golden light, branches and raindrops golden sunlight, branches sparkling with raindrops

golden sunlight and branches sparkling with raindrops

golden sunlight and sparkling branches with raindrops

golden sunlight and sparkling branches with raindrops

golden sunlight and sparkling raindrops

golden bokeh background and raindrops on branches

golden sunlight, gorgeous bokeh and raindrops on branches

golden bokeh background and raindrops on branches

raindrops on branches

fabulous bokeh background and raindrops on branches

beautiful blossoming cherry trees, raindrops and golden sunlight

cherry tree blossoms, raindrops and golden sunlight

cherry blossoms and raindrops, bokeh background

Thank you for being here!!

The Glorious Spring Light

Spring is certainly one of my favourite times of the year, for so many reasons that I am not sure where to start.

The trees are blossoming, new foliage is growing, the first flowers are springing out of the winter devastation, the days are getting longer and finally - the light is changing. The darkness is over, the light is becoming so pure and bright, it is a real pleasure to press that shutter button. And since photography is my most enjoyable pastime how can I not be joyous and happy that spring has arrived?   

Now is the moment to crawl through the gardens and new greenery and explore the neighborhood, to look up the cherry and apple trees and forget yourself for a while.

Just admire that gorgeous nature all around you, basking in the glorious spring light, shake off the winter darkness, grab the camera and get out of hiding and back into the light. 
And don't worry,  summer is on its way...    

apple blossoms and pink cherry in the background

apple blossoms with pink cherry blossoms in the background

apple and cherry blossoms

apple and cherry blossoms

apple blossoms, blue sky pink cherry blossoms

pink cherry blossoms

pink cherry blossoms

pink cherry blossoms, blue sky

Thanks for being here 


Lost in the beauty of Spring

It's this time of the year that we can't wait for the clouds to drift away, the wind to disappear, the blue sky to stretch from one side of the horizon to the other and the sun to stare back at us saying "Hey, the Summer is just around the corner..."

OK, hold your horses, the cherry trees haven't really blossomed yet, the daffodils are still here, even though a bit tired looking ( a good sign that the months are rolling by ) so let's wait  a bit longer.
The Summer will be here before we know it really!!

For now, lets stay Lost in the beauty of Spring

spring blossoms

lovely white spring blossoms

lovely image of a large white spring blossoms from up close

image of a branch covered in lovely spring blossoms

image of a branch covered in lovely spring white blossoms

image of lovely spring blossoms

The Angels in White

Daffodils come in many colours and shapes but the giant white ones are simply magnificent!! 

Every time I look at these plants they remind me of Angels in White 

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

thanks for being here