It has been five wonderful years

I don’t know where all these years have gone, but they have been wondrous. 233 posts, at least 2000 photographs… Happy Blogoversary to me! 🙂


The beginning was shocking. I got the WAMP and wrote a bunch of articles related to the family photography since this blog was meant to be a portfolio. I launched the blog in February, but to my horror, it got a close attention from various adult websites, and I  had to delete all my articles and children photographs.

My Blogger Friends, I would quit right there if it wasn’t for your support.

I started from scratch in March.

Please, click on the photos and it will open the pages.

I wrote about myself, shared my memories and adventures. I also wrote about my friends. That year I started my annual Saltee Islands series.


I went to many street festivals, like the Durrow Scarecrow festival.

I also started Pat Gibbons and his Foxes series.

It was a great year, I blogged twice a week.


I started getting more feedback. It was wonderful. People asked questions, commissioned photographs. That year I wrote about Clonmel photographer William Despard Hemphill, and what a rewarding surprise it was to get this email:

Just a quick Thank you for your excellent blog on Clonmel and William Hemphill. I am his great great grandson and my dad has all his books and helped produce the book about his pics. His mum lived in Oakville, Dr Hemphill’s house in Clonmel and I went there once before it was demolished and the supermarket car park built. When I left school (1976) I cycled round the area taking pictures also based on Dr Hemphills… 

…Thanks again for the blog. I’ll be showing it to my dad (93 on Tuesday) and he will be thrilled. Born in Carick-On-Suir he has incredible recall of the area, and your pics will bring them back again.

R… E…

That year I also wrote about my travels, and as always, about birds and animals.

I didn’t forget to visit Pat and his foxes.

I did some street photography. This is Cian Finn.

He sings about life, and I wholeheartedly agree with him.

I also started Waterford Walls series that summer. In October I went to Donegal to attend Elena Shumilova’s first international workshop, and the trip resulted in four blog posts.


That year I started Anne Valley series and wrote three blog posts. Since then I regularly visit the trail.

I started Clonegam series.

I wrote about myself, and shared my opinions 🙂


I met two journeymen, and after a month, got a feedback from a fellow blogger on their further travels in Ireland.


I started Comeragh and Knockmealdown, Greenway, Mount Congreve and Curraghmore House series.

The blog posts about Pat and his foxes were the most popular. Many websites around the world translated the story into different languages, and some of them actually asked permission. There were also some who removed my logo 🙂 It doesn’t matter to me, because the sole purpose of my blog was to spread a word. I was so delighted when my friend told me that Bored Panda website used my pictures along with the story from the Irish Examiner :). Anyway, I am happy that Pat and his foxes are getting so much attention.

I continued with the street festivals-related posts: Waterford Walls, Harvest Festival, St Patrick’s Parade, Spraoi.


I didn’t blog much last year.

I started, and will continue Follow The Vikings series, and Kerry series. 

Puffins and foxes surely took all the limelight, as always 🙂 Amazing Poet Rummager Rose Perez wrote a charming haiku inspired by the tiny puffin


I have wings to fly

They never are really used

‘Til I see your smile

Another lovely feedback was received last year in response to my post The Last Butler of Curraghmore.

… I am Basil Croeser’s daughter, living in Montreal, Canada. My brother… sent the link to your blog post entitled The Last Butler of Curraghmore and I just wanted to thank you so much for your lovely words and photos.  
…They were really chuffed and surprised and I think it made their week!…
Thanks again and best regards,

What you won’t find in my blog:
– ANY sort of radicalism and also lies, defamation, hate, envy
What I want to ask:
– Please, link your Gravatar picture to your current page so that every blogger could easily visit your blog ♥
– Use Calendar and Archives widgets so that your visitors could access your earlier blog posts. You deserve to be heard.

I don’t know how long I will blog, but I think that all my efforts throughout these five years were worth it 🙂

Thank you so much for all the inspiration and support! ♥

With love


  1. What an incredible inspiration you are, Inese! I know I am following you yet for some reason I’m rarely here and for this, that is my loss. As I scrolled down looking at your photography I was absolutely stunned by your talent. You bring me hope that one day I too will be able to broaden by horizons bringing my camera along with me. Congratulations on your anniversary! I know what it takes to blog that long!! Bless you as you continue your own Journey in life. 💞💞💞

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      1. One of my dreams is to travel, and to expand my expertise with my camera to other branches of photography. I’ve done macro, landscape, wildlife and pets. I’m kind of shaky to do people yet some day this too I’ll do. When the time is right, that is when it will happen. 😉

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  2. Congratulations, Inese! I adore your blog. I’m sweet on your pics, your places, the celebrations, the animals, the opinions, the people & the passion. Thank you, dear Inese! ❦❦❦

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  3. Oh huge congratulations! And I just want to say that your blog is an inspiration to me – there are times when things have been a tad rough – I return to your wonderful photos which are always a source of comfort and joy. Thank you…

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    1. Sarah, thank you for your kind words, and also for your books and many great recommendations. I too find comfort in Nature, it is why I post so many bird pictures – I hope they cheer up all those who need cheering up 🙂

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  4. Every word, every photo puts the world into a proper perspective.
    I think you do a grand service with your splendid photography and
    your conversational posts. I read them more than once and always
    feel the grandeur of nature and the glory of your awesome gift.

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      1. Inese, for some reason my website has a limit on the number of comment replies and has cut us off our conversation there. I’m not tech-savvy and haven’t found a way around it. I just wanted you to know I thought your idea of moving troublesome coyotes around is a good one. And, I’ve again enjoyed going through your pictures! All the best! ❤

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  5. You’re kidding me! Is it really 5 years since Saltee island and the puffin pics?! Blimey – seems like yesterday.
    Your photos are more than just that. They are real insights. The one of Ciann looking at the rook is amazing. So much going on in a photo that depicts two stationary subjects.

    And the foxes!!

    Congratulations on five years excellent blogging.


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  6. Congratulations on the special milestone of your amazing journey! I have come across some of the most vivid and hypnotising travel series on your blog of all such accounts I have read anywhere. Your images have a rare richness, clarity and depth that don’t come with casual shutterbugging, and they fuse with the stream of narration seamlessly. The recaps you have offered in the Blogaversaey post are classics and need attentive savouring at leisure. You are a blessing as well a treasure to the Blogosphere. So, carry on charming, Inese!

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    1. Uma, thank you so much for the congratulations and this charming comment! 🙂 Your words mean a lot to me. Hope my humble blog and myself stay alive and kicking for another 5 years just to enjoy the camaraderie 🙂

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      1. I am humbled by the humility of your aspirations. Give the universe enough time and there will be no planet nor sun nor galaxy. Somehow you put me in mind of J. R. R. Tokein’s brooding words—

        ”I sit beside the fire and think
        Of all that I have seen
        Of meadow flowers and butterflies
        In summers that have been

        Of yellow leaves and gossamer
        In autumns that there were
        With morning mist and silver sun
        And wind upon my hair

        I sit beside the fire and think
        Of how the world will be
        When winter comes without a spring
        That I shall ever see

        For still there are so many things
        That I have never seen
        In every wood in every spring
        There is a different green

        I sit beside the fire and think
        Of people long ago
        And people that will see a world
        That I shall never know

        But all the while I sit and think
        Of times there were before
        I listen for returning feet
        And voices at the door.”

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  7. Happy blogiversary, Inese! Your blog was one of the first I started to follow when I began my journey here and it has become special and precious to me just like your friendship. I remember most of the lovely posts whose pictures you’ve shared here, and the wonderful time I spent reading them. My heart will always belong to the puffins and Pat and his foxes and all the beautiful birds and other animals you so wonderfully photograph. May your blogging experience continue many more years, my friend! 😄❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Michael! 🙂 My email account kicked me out for a whole week already because I keep forgetting my passwords 🙂 Thank you for all your support and friendship!


  8. That’s quite the milestone, Inese. Thank you for the years of amazing photography to whet the creative appetite! Pat and his foxes were my absolute faves of all the images you’ve made. I hope you continue and never stop!

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