In this sometimes stressful year, I often let my eyes do the talking for me. Here are some of my favourite photos from 2014. I hope you like them. Click on any of them to get a better view.
1. Storm Clouds
January of 2014 was incredibly stormy, with high winds lashing the coast at least once a week. One compensation was the wonderful cloudscapes such as this one above, taken in Garryvoe, Co. Cork.
2. Shanghai Surprise
2014 was the Chinese New Year of the Horse. On my first ever trip to China in February I came across this wonderful display in the city of Shanghai.
3. The Long Walk
The annual 19km Ballycotton Cliff Walk is one of my favourite hikes, as it marks the approach of spring and the end of winter. This photo was taken on March 16th.
4. Garnish Island
The wonderful gardens of Garnish Island in West Cork are full of surprises. This photo, from April, was perhaps early in the year for full bloom, but the flowers of spring always have a special place in my heart.
5. Rhododendron Blooms
John F. Kennedy Park in Co. Wexford holds plenty of surprises too. During our visit in April I came across this wonderful display as a rhododendron bush shed its flowers.
6. Barley Fields
A quick walk up the hill gives me a wonderful view over south Munster, from the Celtic Sea all the way to the Knockmealdowns, the Comeraghs and even the Galtees in the far distance.
7. Leaping Laddies
By July, we had finally accepted that this was going to be one of the great summers. That’s worth jumping around for.
8. Summer Bees
Bumblebees were everywhere this year. They go about their business with no real interest in us – focused on one thing only: nectar. When they have too much, they fall asleep, putting up a leg if you come too close. Mad about them, I am.
9. Coco the Cat
Well, the Internet is all about cat photos, right? Right?
10. Glounthane Sunrise
With the nights lengthening in October, I caught this morning sunrise in Glounthane, Co. Cork.
11. Ha’penny Bridge
I took this during a day trip to Dublin in October. It captures many of its iconic structures quite well, I think.
12. Belvelly Castle
I won’t forget the 26th of November too quickly. I had taken a few days off work and I rose early to discover a fog-shrouded landscape. What followed were some of my favourite photographs of the year. This one was taken from Belvelly Bridge near Fota Island.
13. Midleton Estuary
After Cobh, I drove to Midleton, where I came across this scene. My parents had a painting at home that reminds me of this photo.
14. Castlemartyr Resort
Then on to Castlemartyr Resort, where I took this photo as the sun was rising. Sometimes, you are just in the right place at the right time.
15. Little Spider
After buying a macro lens for my iPhone in late November, I came across this little fellow climbing around a dandelion clock.
16. Dawn by the Lee
This photo is from the 16th of December, taken during my morning commute. Though the sun had not yet risen, I just had to stop my car and start snapping.
17. Running Along
I took this photo on Garryvoe beach just yesterday. It’s like the boys are running from a nuclear explosion.
18. Ballycotton Island
Taken just this morning, this photo again saw me leaping out of my car. The sun was perfectly positioned over Ballycotton Island. Just glorious.