WanderingShane

Photographer & Outdoor Enthusiast from Wicklow, Ireland.

Robin Redbreast

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Here is a photograph of a little Robin Redbreast that was following me around one day on the coast of Wicklow. The strange thing is that Robins tend to always follow me and once one even followed me to the Car and watched me from about a foot away. Not sure what to make of that but I find them very beautiful.

Robins tend to always be near me and are always curious about what I am doing. It will probably be a while before I have any more bird photographs up as my Telephoto Lens took a tumble last week and broke. I will be investing in a new one but not any time soon.

Luggala Estate

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This is a photograph of Luggala Estate here in Co Wicklow with a snow capped Gravale Mountain 718m (2,355ft) in the background. Luggala Estate is better known as the Guinness Estate which is currently up for sale at a staggering €28m.

You may recognize this estate from the History Channel’s hit series “Vikings“. The estate also featured in films such as “Braveheart” and “Excalibur”. To the left of this photograph out of shot is Luggala or Fancy Mountain 595m (1,952ft) which overlooks the famous Lough Tay or Guinness Lake.

I will be uploading a separate photograph of the Lake and Mountain soon as it is one of my favorite places in the Wicklow Mountains National Park to photograph.

 

Glendalough Lakes

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Here is a photograph of the Lakes in Glendalough Valley taken from the ridges of Lugduff Mountain 625m (2,050ft). It’s a miserable Saturday here in Wicklow so didn’t head out hiking as planned.

As you can see from this photograph it was a beautiful day unlike today which is very wet. I had planned to hike up to Tonelagee Mountain 817m (2,680ft) but visibility would be rubbish for landscape and it wouldn’t be great setting up my Camera gear in the rain.

Thankfully I have a major backlog of photographs to upload so you may see a few photos go up over the next day or so.

Glenmacnass Waterfall (South)

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Last weekend I was passing by Glenmacnass Waterfall and decided to stop and take this quick photograph. It’s a popular location to photograph the Waterfall from but sadly I never took any before from this angle so here we are.

The last time I photographed Glenmacnass Waterfall was from the very top when the weather was really bad and rainy. You can see that photograph right here. By the time I was finished messing about in the rain I headed home and did not want to get back out of the Car so hence why I didn’t photograph it from this angle before.

Sika Deer

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A weary Sika Buck stalks me as I make my way through the boggy terrain of the Glenealo Valley in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. These Deer never fail to amaze me with their behavior during the annual rut. They can be full of character and love the attention they get from us humans when a nasty fight breaks out.

In the Glenealo Valley you may be lucky to spot some the wild Goats that tag along with the Deer. They were introduced to the wild during the Mining era in the Valley and have stayed ever since. They are very small and easily scared so if you do spot them don’t startle them as they will flee faster than you can blink.

Carrawaystick Waterfall

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In the heart of Glenmalure you cannot fail to spot the beautiful Carrawaystick Waterfall on the south side of the Valley. It’s located behind the picturesque Kellystown Cottage and flows into the River Avonbeg. It’s certainly one of the more eye catching waterfalls in the Wicklow Mountains along with Powerscourt and Glenmacnass.

My favorite time of the year to visit this place is during the autumn/winter because the wet weather we get tends to make the Waterfall far more impressive. During the summer the water levels tend to be low and it is not as attractive when it comes to trying to capture long exposures.

The Great Sugar Loaf

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The Great Sugar Loaf has to be one of the most recognizable Mountains in east Ireland. It can be seen for miles from almost all angles and has a distinctive look about it. Although it looks impressive and daunting it’s actually a very small mountain in comparison to others in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Standing at 501m (1,643ft) The Great Sugar Loaf was probably the first mountain I climbed as a young boy. It is actually quite an easy climb as the Car Park is located uphill in Red Lane giving you a an easy climbing advantage than those who are conquering it from other angles.

This particular shot was taken from the beach in Kilcoole a considerable distance away. It is the best photograph I have of The Great Sugar Loaf so far.

Cliffs of Moher (North)

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This is a photograph of the northern end of the Cliffs of Moher located near O’Brien’s Tower. From here you can join The Burren Way which is a 114km Trail which starts at Lahinch and ends at Corrofin.

I love the sheer cliff face here which is a lot different from other areas of the Cliffs of Moher. A friend of mine recently told me you could climb down here to the beach below which would be amazing to do, when the weather is good obviously.

My next photo upload from the Cliffs of Moher will be of the Branaunmore Sea Stack which sits close to here. If you are planning a trip to the Cliffs any time soon make sure to prepare by wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear as some of the trail can be very wet and dirty.

The Tree

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Yesterday while walking back to the Car at The Vartry Reservoir here in Wicklow I spotted this Tree on its own in a field across the road. It reminded me an old Windows XP Wallpaper called Bliss.

It is spur the moment photographs like this that I really love. The simplicity of the image really catches the eye. It is also probably one of the finest photographs I took on the day considering.

Sadly just before this was taken I had accidentally dropped my Canon EF 80 – 200mm lens and it broke, so I was pretty bummed about that.

Eagles Rock

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Some places in Ireland that offer some outstanding views are usually off the beaten track buried in the back arse of nowhere, much like Eagles Rock in Co Leitrim which on a clear day gives you views from as far as Donegal.

Eagles Rock has to be on of my favorite places in Ireland to visit. It is not an easy hike but when you do get up beside the rock you are blown away with what you see. If you like geology then this is a must visit place as you can find fossils dotted all round the location which are thousands of years old.

 

The Sally Gap

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The Sally Gap has to be one of the most unforgiving places in Ireland. With miles and miles of boggy harsh terrain it certainly is one of those places you hope to not get stuck in. I’ve often had to assist people who underestimated the roads in the Gap and crashed.

But aside from the unforgiving terrain the Sally Gap can be a place of beauty with vast mountainous scenery and eye catching winding roads. If you are lucky you will also get to see some the resident wild Deer a the odd bird of prey.

Many people will be familiar with this little Bridge in the Sally Gap. You can find it just before/after the Lough Tay Car Park depending which way you are traveling. It is a very popular location for people to stop and photograph and in winter it can be awesome as the water level can be amazing to photograph.

Wicklow Seals

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I snapped up this photograph not long ago of a Herd of Seals chilling on the beach at Brides Head here in Co Wicklow. There was about 80 of them in total and they were quite happy resting as I photographed them.

Seals usually visit the Harbour in Wicklow by coming up onto the road outside of The Fishman’s Fish Shop on the Quays looking for a free handout. People give the name “Sammy” to any Seal that appears on the road.

You can watch a video of a cheeky Seal here visiting the harbour.

Grey Seals and the Common Seals are very popular in the waters all along the east coast of Ireland and they can be quite easy to spot along Bray/Greystones/Kilcoole bobbing up and down in the water.

Benwisken Mountain

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Located in the Dartry Mountains in Co Sligo you will will surely come across this stunning and unique looking mountain known as Benwisken which stands at 514m (1,686ft).

From anywhere in the village of Ballaghnatrillick you are treated to amazing views of Benwisken especially when the weather is clear. During the autumn/winter months it is usually enshrouded in cloud.

The shape of Benwisken resembles that of a big wave and is certainly one of the most beautiful Mountains in the West of Ireland. I took this photograph from outside someones home as it offered one of the best views.

Glenmacnass Waterfall

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If you continue along the Old Military Road from the Sally Gap in Co Wicklow you will eventually come across the very beautiful Glenmacnass Valley &Waterfall.

The Waterfall as part of the Glenmacnass River which flows from Mullaghcleevaun Mountain 849m (2,785ft) which is the second tallest Mountain in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The Waterfall has a rough height of about 85 – 90m (278 – 295ft) consisting of three staggered drops. Personally I like to go here when we had lots of rain as the Waterfall looks more impressive. This was take on a miserable during in the Autumn.

Hook Head Lighthouse

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Hook Lighthouse at Hook Peninsula in Co Wexford has to be one of my favorite places to visit in Ireland. Its isolated location and deep history is the reason why I like to visit here every year.

The Lighthouse is one of the oldest operational Lighthouses in the world and has been standing for an amazing 800 years. It was built by Knight William Marshal and stands at 36m (118ft) tall.

My best memories of Hook Lighthouse are from when I visited during the Harvest Moon Festival in 2016 where I got a tour of the Lighthouse and got to photograph the Harvest Moon from the top. If you are visiting Ireland make sure to add Hook Lighthouse to your itinerary, you will not be disappointed.

Glendalough Forest Nature Reserve

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Along the R755 Road between Laragh and Rathdrum in Co Wicklow you will come across the Glendalough Forest Nature Reserve which runs along the River Avonmore.

Along the R755 you will find a turn off which brings you into a recreational area that has picnic tables and some information about the area.

This photograph was taken where a small stream from Knockrath meets the River Avonmore. The autumnal colors here really caught my eye. I used my Cokin® ND (Neutral Density) Filter Kit for this shot which turned out nicely.

Upper Lake Glendalough

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The Upper Lake in Glendalough, Co Wicklow has to be one of most popular locations in the area for photographers due to its beauty and unique surroundings.

All year round no matter what the weather the Upper Lake draws people in from far and wide. It has a deep history ever since man first settled here in the 6th Century.

This particular photograph was taken on a beautiful calm afternoon near where all the tourists flock to capture its beauty. The Upper Lake was separated from the Lower Lake in the last Ice Age and you can read more about that via my Poulanass Waterfall post.

Devil’s Glen Waterfall

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This is a photograph of the Devil’s Glen Waterfall that I took not long ago. This was the first proper photograph I took using my new Cokin® ND (Neutral Density) Filter Kit and the results were perfect as you can see.

The Devil’s Glen can be found in Ashford here in Co Wicklow and is one of the most beautiful places you can visit if you appreciate nature and the great outdoors.

The forest in the Devil’s Glen is also home to many artistic sculptures and hidden plaques with quotations from one of Ireland’s best known poets Seamus Heaney.

 

Lower Lake Glendalough

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This is a photograph of the Lower Lake and Monastic City in Glendalough, Co Wicklow taken from the Spinc Ridge which is north of Mullacor Mountain 657m (2,155ft) and north west of Derrybrawn Mountain 474m (1,555ft).

During the last Ice Age the Poulanass River created a delta separating the Lake into two, the Upper & Lower Lakes. Beyond the Lower lake you can see the 6th century Monastic Settlement founded by St Kevin including the 30m high Round Tower.

Glenealo Valley

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This is a photograph of the Glenealo Valley in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park with a very snowy Conavalla Mountain 734m (2,408ft), Table Mountain 701m (2,299ft) and Tomaneena Mountain (Turlough Hill) 681m (2,234ft).

This was taken from Glendalough’s White Route Trail along the Lugduff Ridge which as you can see offers some really nice views of the surrounding landscape.

If you are lucky enough you may stumble across the resident Sika Deer and Wild Goats which graze along boggy hills. The Valley is also home to two breeds of Falcon’s, the Merlin and the Peregrine which in my opinion are very rarely seen.

Grey Heron

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Not long ago I took a trip to the Bull Island Nature Reserve in Dublin as I was passing by and wanted to try capture some of the resident birds. Not long after arriving I found this Grey Heron beside the road so I spent a bit of time stalking it.

Heron’s are unusual birds and will eat almost anything. I once spotted one eating McDonald’s French Fries in a Car Park and even seen one eating the flesh of another dead bird. But nevertheless they are beautiful creatures and bloody hard to get close to.

Poulanass Waterfall

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In the heart of Glendalough, Co Wicklow lies this hidden gem known as the Poulanass Waterfall. The Waterfall forms part of the Lugduff Brook which now flows into the Upper Lake.

Lugduff is a 652m (2,139ft) mountain located west of where Poulanass Waterfall is situated. Other mountains which surround Poulanass include Mullacor 657m (2,155ft) and Derrybrawn 474m (1,555ft).

At one stage Glendalough had only one Lake but after years of sediment being flushed down the Lugduff Brook it formed what we now know as the Upper & Lower Lakes.

Cliffs Of Moher (South)

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This is a photograph of the Cliffs of Moher looking south towards Hags Head. Hags Head is the most southern point of the Cliffs and its shape resembles an old woman looking out to sea.

Moher Tower is also located at Hags Head. Before the 19th century Hags Head was the site of a fort known as Moher or Mothar to which the cliffs get its name from.

Kellystown Cottage

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Located below the scenic Carrawaystick Waterfall & Mountain you will find the very picturesque Kellystown Cottage. This Cottage is probably one of the most photographed buildings in Glenmalure due to its unique look and location.

The Cottage was built in the 1780’s and is available to rent. It is ideal for those who wish to hike the surrounding mountains such as Lugnaquilla 925m (3,035 ft), Cloghernagh 800m (2,624ft) as well as others which surround Glenmalure Valley.

Powerscourt Waterfall

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This is a photograph of Powerscourt Waterfall that I took at the end of the autumn season. I went early to avoid crowds and had the entire waterfall and area to myself.

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest Waterfall standing at 121m (396ft). It is nestled between the mountains of Djouce and The Great Sugar Loaf.