Monday, November 28, 2016

Seefin Loop Walk above Caragh Lake and two book tips.

Road leading to the Windy Gap

Fog over Caragh Lake, Macgillycuddy´s Reeks top right

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Summit of Seefin Mountain 493m

Rossbeigh beach and Dingle Bay

Caragh Lake and Macgillycuddy´s Reeks panorama out of 11 portrait shapes

My local butcher in Cahersiveen (Miller´s Butcher)  suggested to me to go for a walk up Seefin Mountain. He showed me a photo on his mobile phone that looked very promising. I started early from the road leading for Treanmanagh where my friend the painter Pauline Bewick lives. Walking towards the Windy Gap I went eventually to the right for the ridge of Seefin Mountain. Reaching the top is easy enough even for unexperienced walker. You are rewarded with great vistas towards Dingle, Rossbeigh beach, Glencar and the Macgillycuddy Reeks. You will find a description of the walk in Adrian Hendroff´s wonderful book "Killarney to Valentia Island- The Iveragh Peninsula" a fantastic walking guide. You find the book here or in local book shops. Another book that I came across recently is by my friend Valerie O`Sullivan, "The Macgillycuddy´s Reeks. Valerie is a photographer based in Killarney. Apart from great photos of the scenery the book gives a great insight of peoples lives, traditions and the community spirit around the reeks. You´ll find it here or at your local book store. A great Christmas gift!
©Michael Herrmann 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

International Association for Falconry in Sneem, Co.Kerry

Carine Prevost from Brittany/France with her 2 year old Goshawk "Scot" outside Sneem Hotel

Andrew Knowles-Brown from Scotland and his African Crowned Eagle "Isis"

 The International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey is holding its annual meeting in Ireland this year. The South Kerry Camera Club went there today to see some of the birds. The IAF website for more detailed information is here.
I´m not a bird photographer but I have to say I was very impressed by the beauty of those birds. I never knew about such wide range of colours and feather pattern. It was great to have those birds sitting so close to the camera and just admire them. The crowd went for outings later to different places in Kerry. It must be amazing to spend time with the animals in there natural habitats and see the flying and doing different exercises.
©Michael Herrmann 2016

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Photowalk near Cahersiveen, Over the Water

Landslide near the Blow Hole 

Our group on the top right 

Winter colour gras land and Dolus Head behind

The area near Cahersiveen where you get close to the sea is locally known by the name "Over the Water". If you are looking for an almost unchanged landscape with unobstructed views, here is a good place. The sky opens up and so does the landscape with the horizontal line and the infinity view. The rocks along that coast have a pink colouration and are rough and sharp lines. The blow hole at the end of the walk is very impressive, both from above and from the waterline. Standing below gives you an impression of a cathedral size structure. Here is an older post that shows the view of the blow hole from the other side.Over the Water, Blow hole

©Michael Herrmann 2016