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Durrow Scarecrow Festival: part II

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil“. Do they want to show us that they are not responsible for the evil deeds of the  Hollywood villains scarecrows, or is it a “code of silence”?  Anyway, it seems like the scarecrows do want to live a human-like life. Miley Silage in the image below shows all the passions of her human prototype, and has a very similar success here at the Festival.

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Some scarecrows are confident and have a career…

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Some are lost and confused…

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Some walk past a stranger and never look back…

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Some are happily married, and enjoy their cinema dates…

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Some are just having fun…

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Some are grumpy…

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It is not easy to live a human life if you are a scarecrow,  but as we all know,  “One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.”

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I saw a few little dogs there, one of them might be Toto. What do you think?

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scarecrow festival

Mrs Brown was a favorite of children …

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…and I loved Mrs Brown’s boys … or was it  “buoys”?…

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scarecrow festival

They even had a pyramid there…

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…and a mummy!

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There was a nun on a mission: them bugs are no good for the straw.

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Almost everything was covered; the humans only provided music…

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…and transportation ( Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?)

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Durrow Scarecrow Festival Community Organisation have a Facebook page you can visit. The program is huge! So many events, it is impossible to see everything. Well done, guys, you rock!

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Hope you enjoyed these two posts from the festival. Click on the images to enlarge them and see the details. All the images are always resized so that you can easy open them.

Photography tip of the day: Here is a video about resizing your

images. 

inese_mj_photographyHave a great weekend!

Durrow Scarecrow Festival: part I

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Beautiful village of Durrow, Co Laois are hosting their annual Scarecrow Festival this week. It officially opened last Sunday afternoon, but a fantastic job of preparation and scarecrow making started long before the day. Colorful and happy looking scarecrows sitting on the perches, trees or simply on the ground follow you on your way through the village and promise a good time and lots of fun.

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Oh, even the President and the First Lady are… wait… never mind…

The Scarecrow glorified by L. Frank Baum is one of the most loved characters in children’s literature. He is gentle and kind, honest and wise. Seeking to get a set of brains he still appreciates the straw he is stuffed with, and his logic is unbeatable:

Scarecrow: I haven’t got a brain… only straw. 
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain? 
Scarecrow: I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they? 
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you’re right.

I will try to not do an awful lot of talking. The pictures will talk by themselves.

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scarecrow festival

scarecrow festival

Scarecrow: Witch? Hmph, I’m not afraid of a witch. I’m not afraid of anything – except a lighted match.
Dorothy: I don’t blame you for that.

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scarecrow festival

scarecrow festival

Who is the famous Scarecrow’s of Oz predecessor? It must be a Feathertop, the main character of the short story of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne,  first published in 1852. It is an almost Kafka-esque, thought-provoking story.

“Poor Feathertop,” Mother Rigby said, looking at the heap on the floor. “He was too good to be a scarecrow. And he was too good to be a man. But he will be happier, standing near the corn all summer and protecting it from the birds. So I will make him a scarecrow again.”

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There is a long forgotten, but nevertheless brilliant movie Scarecrow (1983) directed by Jerry Schatzberg. It is a drama starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino.  I was sure there is a comedy related to scarecrows, and  I did find a 1920 short comedy The Scarecrow. You can watch it here on Youtube it is just a few minutes of laugh 🙂

When did scarecrows become the horror icons? Some say that it all started with the 1981 horror mystery thriller Dark Night of the Scarecrow, directed by Frank De Felitta. I haven’t seen the movie, and to be honest, I haven’t seen ANY scarecrow horror movie. I would be terrified, I hate creepy things like murderous clowns and scarecrows. I’d better stay with this cute Snow White 🙂

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There is so much to see in Durrow this week. Humans are watching the scarecrows ( you never know…) and…

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..Scarecrows are watching humans…

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There is even a local war going on!

Cowardly Lion: Come on, get up and fight, ya shivering junkyard! Put your hands up, ya lopsided bag o’ hay!
Scarecrow: Now that’s getting personal, Lion!

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Children are actually very quiet here. I cannot blame them: the real and the surreal are tangled and unclear 🙂

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Watching the performance I thought  I would take a picture of these fire red hair owners.

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Suddenly all three of them turned back 🙂

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That’s all for today. More pictures coming Friday.

I want to share a short fun video courtesy of Hattie Wilcox (the video is on this page of her website). It is filmed in Ireland, it is about the scarecrows, so it is quite relevant.

Hattie Wilcox is a terrifically talented composer, singer, poet, songwriter, photographer, and most humble and hard working  person. Please check out her website and blog.

Photography tip of the day: Use the White balance feature of your camera. Take pictures with different settings and chose the result you are happy with.

inese_mj_photographyHave a great week!

Noble Knights and Spirit of Ancestors

mirko cuneoImage courtesy of  Mirko Cuneo

There is no doubt that people can live their dreams. It doesn’t usually happen overnight though. Every worthy dream comes true after hard work is involved, and also discipline, dedication and perseverance. If you want to become a knight, any of the above applies.

In the Middle ages knight training started at the age of 7, and those who made it through the difficult and expensive training program were knighted around the age of 21. The culture of honor, courage, battle and courtesy to Ladies associated with the medieval institution of knighthood continues to this day among the modern knights.

I am not a specialist on the knighthood. I only want to tell you about some aspects of their activities and share some photographs too.

There are some images courtesy of a modern Knight Mirko Cuneo, from Milan, Italy. He has a private Facebook page, so I can link only two images, but those of you who have Facebook account might be able to see more of his images and learn a thing or two about the knighthood in Italy. mirko cuneo

Mirko Cuneo

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Mirko Cuneo

Mirko Cuneo

Viking training. Image courtesy of Mirko Cuneo Mirko Cuneo

Mirko Cuneo Two images ( above) courtesy of Mirko Cuneo . Film set Richard the Lion Heart: Rebellion, directed by Stefano Milla Mirko Cuneo Carnasciale Jousting:  Mirko Cuneo and His Lady Mirko CuneoCasei Medievale  –  Medieval festival Mirko organized

To those who are wondering about the outfits and accessories. There is an amazingly talented artist and photographer from the beautiful city of Arona, Marco Ferrari,  who has done splendid job for Celtica Festivals over the years. I think he makes a great William Wallace in these images. marco ferrari Image courtesy of Marco Ferrari marco ferrariImage courtesy of Marco Ferrari

Here is a link to the Facebook page of Lady Malina who is based in Poland.  All the information is in English. Her garments and accessories look quite authentic and charming.

Here is also a link to the page of Celtica Festival in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy and a  link to the Frederick Celtic Festival in Maryland, USA. I would say that there are hundreds of such festivals and you can google for one closer to your hometown and book your tickets for 2015.

There is everything at these festivals to keep the Celtic Spirit alive: the bards telling legends of heroes and singing romantic ballads; Celtic dancing, sweet  harps, bodhráns, mandolins and bagpipes. It is much more than a musical event. Usually the festival’s program of activities includes lectures and talks, numerous workshops, ceremonies and rituals, falconry, acrobatic performances, re-enactments and many more fascinating activities. Your children can participate in almost everything and learn a lot about history.

Now I want to share with you my own photographs from Cahir Castle Medieval Festival, Ireland. Check out this page: these guys are amazing, and no wonder they are booked out for all the 2014. medieval festival Cahir Castle hosting the festival. medieval festival Black Knight arrived… medieval festival White Knight followed… medieval festival The mean and cunning Black Knight is trying to kill the White Knight’s pet rabbit with a poisoned carrot… medieval festival This is too much! The White Knight is getting ready for the battle… medieval festival The Black Knight is ready to fight too… medieval festival The Knights crossed lances… medieval festival The battle continues with the swords… medieval festival When all the weapons are broken, a watermelon does the job… medieval festival Everybody is laughing at the Black Knight… medieval festival He has to apologize for all his mischiefs… medieval festival The Narrator looks very focused… In fact he is as good a warrior as the others, but today he has to stay off the battle… medieval festival Yet he got a chance to talk with a lady… medieval festival Wait, something isn’t right… Norman Invasion! Everyone get ready to defend the Castle! medieval festival

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medieval festival The Monk and his young warriors are getting ready for their first battle! medieval festival

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medieval festival Prayers…  medieval festival

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medieval festival

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medieval festival Oh! medieval festival Ah! medieval festival Hope my warrior comes home unharmed… medieval festival The Narrator’s name is Michael Moylan. He loves and knows  Irish History, and this is his web page.   Michael makes weapons and other stuff of any era and culture all by himself, and his shows are amazing. medieval festival The battle is over! medieval festival

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medieval festival Cahir Castle is safe! medieval festival Thank you for reading,  and hope someone clicks on the links and falls in love with the Celtic Spirit and the Knighthood. You can enlarge the images, I made them low resolution for your convenience:)

Photography tip of the day: If you are attending an event, take pictures of different objects too: they will come in handy when making a collage.

inese_mj_photographyHave a great weekend!

Street Pride

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If you want to live a happy and fulfilling life focus on the best in people and in yourself. Sometimes the same rule goes for street photography:)

There are a few images from Dublin Pride 2013 (unfortunately I didn’t make it to Dublin this year). The images were taken after the parade was over.

Gardai look tired. It was a busy day.

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I liked that hat, it is why I asked them for a picture:)

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pride 2013

This lovely dog came to Dublin from Brazil.

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Coachman and his son are amused by the fluffy Brazilian:)

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pride 2013

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pride 2013

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I have got many images of this lovely old lady. I like this one for a reason: follow her eyes, they are staring right at the bare chest of that hot Brazilian fella in the right corner:)

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This sweet couple enjoyed themselves, especially the gentleman: He was chatting with everyone in his reach ( I put a picture of them in my previous  blog post)

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pride 2013

Some people were rushing through the crowd as fast as they could. Locals want to get home, they are tired of the crowded streets.

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Late evening. This texting street performer is too tired of real people. With no one around it is nice to share a quiet company, at last.

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Hope you like this evening in Dublin. Click on the images to enlarge them a little: they are all reasonable size images. I didn’t  post pictures from the parade:  people’s faces tell more stories than their fancy dresses ( except that cute yellow hat :)…).  But my next post… It is about something very special, and plenty of elaborated garments too 😉 Talk to you Friday!

Photography tip of the day: Black&white images focus on the story with no distractions. Great for portraiture, architectural details, lines, shapes, textures, light/shadows, mismatched colors in your composition, and for improving bland uninteresting images you still want to keep.

inesemjphotographyHave a great week!