Johnstown castle

Castle and Peacocks

Johnstown castle

I learned to read very early: the magic of putting the letters together opened the whole world to me. One of my first books was a photo anthology of European capitals. Very little text and a lot of pictures, but when you are four even very little text is too much, and architecture is not your idea of fun. The only worthy images in the book were those of Zoo animals.

I memorized their names. I hadn’t been taken to the Zoo yet, but living in the farm with my Grandparents, surrounded by forests and bogs and all sort of wildlife I appreciated the variety of species… I don’t remember seeing much of exotic animals on TV until the mid of the 60s, except some cartoons, so the photographs in that book were my only source of knowledge. The most beautiful of all the animals in the book was a peacock. In my imagination I pictured him walking in our back yard where my Granddad’s blue, green and brown beehives were sitting in the lush grass. My imagination painted the bird pink, purple and gold: the pictures in that old book were black & white…

I want to share a few images from my recent visit of Johnstown Castle and Park, Co Wexford. If you want to go there some day, here you can find useful information about the tickets and directions.

As you can see, the weather was gradually getting better. Cranky grey morning turned into the perfect sunny afternoon. Photographers are wandering around the castle looking for a good composition.

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Since the days I was four I learned to love architecture, but still I visit Johnstown castle mostly  because of the peacocks.

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Their beautiful plumage  hasn’t fully grown yet at this time of the year, so I didn’t take any breathtaking images of a peacock in his full glory.  I was simply happy to be close and watch them.

A bold one came to me to check out if I had any snacks.

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

After getting some pieces of French toast he settled in front of me.

Johnstown castle

I don’t remember how I found out that the peacocks are not pink and purple, but I was right about the gold.

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

There are two images of the trees taken into the sun.  I loved trees before I learned to read.

Johnstown castle

Johnstown castle

After that I went to the lake and took all the pictures I posted in REFLECTIONS. This is how the castle looks from the lake.

Johnstown castle

Thank you for visiting Johnstown Castle with me! Do you remember what animal or bird impressed your young mind? 🙂

Photography tip of the day: Horizontal means horizontal. Keep your camera straight. Of course you can straighten your images with the editing software, but sometimes it means losing the details that are important for your composition.

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a great week!

Reflections in the Water

Watching the sunset is a sublime and magical experience, but it doesn’t last long and reminds you of the passage of time. There is another sight, equally mesmerizing, and limited only by your imagination: surface of water and reflections.

reflections

Water reflects everything and distorts everything. It  blurs the boundaries between the real and surreal.  Water is an enigma.

reflections

I want to share a video, a beautiful interpretation of Claude Debussy Reflets dans l’eau – Reflections in the Water by an Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, one of the most enigmatic performers of the twentieth century.


There are a few images from a man-made lake in the Johnstown Castle grounds. All the images are created by light and shadows, weeds, reflections and ripples. Please click to enlarge them to appreciate the beauty of the Nature’s paintings.

reflections

reflections

reflections

reflections

reflections

reflections

reflections

reflections

Have you ever heard about Memory of water? A study supporting this controversial theory was published in  1988; it is when I first learned about it. I find this theory quite fascinating and hope that there is something beyond the simple chemical H2O.

You can also read about the surface tension to refresh your high school knowledge and reflect on the progress you have made since then 🙂

reflections

I have many more images of reflections and hope to share them in the future.

Photography tip of the day: to reduce glare and unwanted reflections, use a polarising filter.  The size you want is the diameter of your lens.

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a good, productive week!