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. Haha! You’re very kind ❤️ You already exercise a lot in your travels, and I’m sure you are fit and agile to catch all those fantastic animals with your camera 💪👌

  1. Congrats, Inese. I’ve been following you since 2015 and have barely missed a post – a testament to your beautiful photography, lovely words, and for taking me along on your travels. I’m looking forward to more. ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Diana! Your blog and your books have been a source of
      inspiration and joy all these years. Thank you again for your kind comment, and for the worlds you share so generously ❤

  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! ❦❦❦

  3. Such a beautiful way to celebrate your exquisite photos and engaging stories, Inese. I hope you keep sharing your insights for many more years and send my best wishes. ❤

  4. 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…

    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 🙂

  5. 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.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Isn’t it the beauty of the blogging world that each of us share our insight in our own unique way ❤

  6. Congratulations, Inese, on your five years of blogging. I really love your posts, they are always interesting and your pictures are always so beautiful! Looking forward to more!

      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! ❤

  7. 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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