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.

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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!

68 comments

  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. 🙂

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      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. 🙂

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    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!

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  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!
    eg

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    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!

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  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!

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    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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  4. Wonderful photography!
    Where we live in Colorado, with primary views of mountains blocking the sunsets, we have beautiful scenes, but not your variety. Especially the rolling ribbons of road, so lush and vivid, welcoming the viewer to come on a green adventure.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment!
      I picture the “rolling ribbons of road” in my mind, and I already love them! 🙂 And I always loved the mountains and alpine flora. My only Colorado experience is standing on the monument at Four Corners, but nothing grows there:)

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  5. Dear Inese…

    Congratulations on your newest gallery… So joyful and full of life…

    Those poppies are gorgeous.

    Great captures, my friend!.

    Hugs and happy week ahead to you, Aquileana 😀

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  6. What a nice-looking summer. Nice colors, nice subjects, nice atmosphere. Does it seriously rain all the time? 🙂

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      1. A couple of months in a row? Oh wow! That’s a bit much but thats OK with me. I don’t melt in the rain. 🙂 Always happy to be able to visit your wonderful blog. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Patricia, thank you very much for your nice comment! Hope you have great memories and my blog brings them back every time you read! Have a good week!
      Inese

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  7. Absolutely beautiful pictures! 🙂

    Summer here has been warm and rainy every other week or so. Nothing drastic, yet. But August usually gives us one last heat wave. Maybe it will skip us this year? We’ll see.

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  8. I love your rain joke! Your photos are beautiful and it’s the rain that makes everything so green and lush! Our summers here in Central Florida are hot, humid and rainy. In fact, it’s been raining again most of today! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 We have many jokes like this here 🙂
      Hot and humid, it is not funny at all… but people somehow get used to where they live, and even make jokes:) Do you have any weather jokes in Florida?

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! So glad that you have good memories about Ireland and Scotland, and also glad that the Cold war didn’t turn into a real one.

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  9. Inese! That was so funny. Hahaha! I absolutely love your pictures and stories. It is one if my greatest desires to go to Ireland one day.

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    1. Unusually hot summer makes me worry… I hate cold winters. Last winter was so windy and rainy, my car got tossed around a good few times…
      The nights are getting chilly, aren’t they.

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      1. They are, we have gales howling around the house at the moment. I would be happy to have a ‘proper’ winter this year – a bit of snow, some nice crisp frosty days, last year it was just rain and mud.

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  10. Those are some stunning pictures. The summer here in Edmonton Alberta is quite hot. We get warm days but this summer we are getting hot days up around plus thirty degrees celcius for a couple of weeks now. But I dare not complain, the winters are long and brutal.

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    1. It seems like this summer is very warm everywhere. Plus 30 Celsius – it is an oven! All of this make me worry about upcoming autumn and winter…
      Your winter temperature must be goes down to minus 30 ?

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      1. Yes. And then some. It’s the wind that makes it so much colder. In winter the temperature isn’t nearly as important as the “wind chill factor” which can make the real feel of the day minus forty or so.

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  11. Gorgeous! I grew up in one of the driest places imaginable. Our story goes like this: A Yankee driving through the Texas panhandle stopped to converse with an old farmer and his grown son. The talk soon turns to the weather and the Yankee says, “It looks like you might get some rain. ”
    The old farmer says, “I’d really like that. Not so much for myself as for my son. I’ve seen rain.”

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    1. Hahaha, that’s so funny! I have seen many jokes about Texas weather around the internet 🙂 People live in very dry and in very wet places, but they survive and even make jokes 🙂

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      1. I do not miss the arid plains. We live in Tallahassee, Florida, now and are no strangers to rain and humidity.

        I absolutely love your blog and have begun sharing your posts on my Facebook page.

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  12. Beautiful photos! The red in the flowers is intense. Summer in Las Vegas is scorching, usual daytime highs are over 100F but this is the Mojave desert. It never snows here and rains very little.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! Your summer is different… No grass or flowers in summer I guess. I love desert though, but rather in spring. I have been in Vegas on Christmas. The weather was great 🙂

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  13. What an incredible walk through the green and flowery fields of Ireland. If you love rain, then you must love Irelando. And viceversa. And you must love W.B. Yeats too, in my opinion at least… That joke at the beginning made me really laugh… Thanks, Inese, for the moment of joy and beauty.
    Lino

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Lino! “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats
      Magic things of the world, it is what I love:)
      Inese

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