Irish summer

A newcomer to Ireland arrives on a rainy day. He gets up the next day and it is raining. It also rains the day after that, and the day after that.

He goes out to lunch and sees a young kid and asks out of despair, “Hey kid, does it ever stop raining around here?”
The kid says: How do I know? I’m only six!

This year we have got a proper summer, no jokes! 🙂 County Tipperary has been bathing in sun since June.

Irish summer

It was one of the hottest days when I went to Kilsheelan,  and I thought I would walk a little bit by the river.  The cows on the opposite bank enjoyed the shade of a giant Oak tree and drank from the river till they were full.

Irish summer

Then they laid down for a nap, black islands in the sea of grass.

Irish summer

What a pleasure to walk along a path lined with lush grasses and delicate wild flowers. My summer favorite is poppy flower.

Irish summer

Irish summer

Irish summer

Another favorite is crop field. I love to take pictures of them in any weather, morning or night, and at any stage of their growth and harvest.  What a fascinating sight they make, waving in the wind!

Irish summer

Abundance of sunlight this summer makes the greenery richer and  foliage ticker.

Irish summer

Sometimes it is nice to hide from the burning sun in the woods…

Irish summer

…or under the thick canopy of linden trees in the churchyard.


What the summer looks like where you live?

Photography tip of the day: When the sun is high  shoot your portraits in the open shade.

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a great weekend!


  1. Poppies. My second stained glass piece was of a poppy. The flower wasn’t from Tipperary though. I’ve never been there since, as you know, it’s a long way to Tipperary. 🙂

      1. No. We stopped doing the glass commercially. At one time in the 80’s we had a store in the area, but it was difficult to make ends meet with it. I’ve also made paintings in oils, acrylics, and watercolor over the years, but only sold a few. I haven’t painted in years at this point. I do mostly photography now and I haven’t attempted to sell anything. Perhaps later. However, I’m incorporating some of my photos in a Haiku poetry book I plan to complete this year. I’ve done the writing, now I’m searching through my database of photos to place in the book. 🙂

        1. Best of luck with your book and all your projects! Don’t hide your pictures. Share all the leftovers on your blog after the book is released 🙂

    1. Sheri – sometimes I complain about the rain, but I know that the heat is much more difficult to bear. You are right about the tragedies though. Many people live in the areas where the weather can turn deadly.
      Thank you again for reading!

  2. I think where I live must be similar to Ireland in terrain and foliage. I am in the mid-South, so we have four full seasons and typically good rain amounts so that we can grow much and enjoy the lush greens of summer. 🙂

    Portraits in open shade are lovely here in the South…and often the best you can do in the summer when the sun shines for so long and so hard is to hide in the shade and enjoy the natural filter!

    Lovely, Inese! Thanks!

    1. Four full seasons! What a wealth! 🙂 Some years we had only one season, and it wasn’t summer… I had my winter clothes at hand all the year. This year is very different…
      Hope you have the weather you want for your farm activities.
      Open shade is my favorite light condition. I think that any lens love it.
      Enjoy your weekend!

  3. How beautiful! Our poppies are long gone…they last such a short time. And yet they are so, so stunning! Well shot, every photo!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Our poppies are gone too, so is our good weather. That was a sunny day in July. Now it is getting colder, and I am planning on going to the woods to take pictures of some mushrooms 🙂

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