Tuesday, December 24, 2013

CRAZY CHRISTMAS EVE 2013

It is Christmas eve 2013 and I find myself thinking of snow. Probably I would like anything to divert my attention from the howling wind outside, the flicking electricity, the stone hard hail that keeps rattling the windows and the permanent leak we have in the corridor for the last 10 days! 


I am not complaining, I am just explaining, how it is... Well, maybe just looking for sympathy, because I don't like the wind at all. 

The autumn and the winter were so fine this year - mild and not too cold, no extreme weather. We had some great walks and I took some fab photos from Connemara's gorgeous bog lands and hills. 

But for the last 10 days we entered a permanent storm, it hasn't eased up for a second! We live here at the foothills of the mountains and the weather is always a bit more extreme and a bit colder than anywhere else in the area. 
But this crazy storm, I haven't seen anything like it before! Even right now, while I write to you, the wind is howling into the chimneys and surrounding the house with the best surround sound you can get!! At least it is not hailing, but hey! I am sure it will start in a moment!! 

So, in defiance of this crazy weather, I will post some peaceful Connemara images from a few years back when the mountains were covered with a thin layer of beautiful fluffy snow that didn't last long but transformed the place into a magical land! 

Enjoy and think of peace, calm thought and happiness!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland
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Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland
Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

Snow in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

CRAZY CHRISTMAS EVE 2013© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

CRAZY CHRISTMAS EVE 2013© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland

CRAZY CHRISTMAS EVE 2013© Annie Japaud 2013, Connemara, snow, photography, nature, landscape, Ireland


It was a gorgeous winter walk. Thanks for joining me. Hope you liked it ;-)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A very rainbow day in Connemara

Don't you just love a good rainbow? 


rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows,

Believe me if you do, Ireland is the place to go if you want to chase rainbows! 


You can get them anytime anywhere - double rainbows, extra bright, fantastic, amazing, unbelievable!!
The weather is always so unpredictable and changes so fast you never know when a rainbow is going to surprise you. Sometimes you can be in the car and a rainbow can just pop up next to you and move with you along the road!!!   Amazing right?!!

Another time you can just walk peacefully in the countryside and they can spring up in the bogs like jewels and you can not help yourself but wonder where could that pot of gold be berried....

Walk with me and see a rainbow day in Connemara

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows,

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows,

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows,

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows,

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland

rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland

And now my favourite, my boxer admiring the rainbow
rainbow day in Connemara© Annie Japaud 2013, nature photography, landscapes, Connemara, Ireland, rainbows,


thank you for visiting, hope you drop by again ;-)

Monday, December 9, 2013

THE GOLDEN HOUR

Last year at exactly the same time I took some amazing images at The Old Bog Road in Oughterard. Winter mornings are gloomy and dark and the sun crawls up late and sluggish up the sky as do most of us I guess. 


There isn't a better feeling than being out early in the morning and witnessing the breaking of the day, witnessing the retreating of the twilight and that brief explosion of the golden hour, before the sun goes too high up the sky and the new day grabs everyone with its urgency, seriousness and everyday duty and obligations.  

This is the moment of stillness and peace, as if the time stops still. The thin line between the night and the day, the neutral ground from where we can charge ourselves with energy and strength and get ready to brace the new day. But only while the golden hour lasts....  


the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

the golden hour© Annie Japaud 2013, photography, nature, blogging, Oughterard, Connemara, Ireland

 Thank you for staying with me through the Golden hour, the best part of the day. 

See you soon ;)



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