It’s been a very busy summer out and about with my camera. Floral photography dominated the early summer (big backlog to process during the winter months). However, recently I seem to have been out and about focusing on event and dance photography (which I also love!). I’ve also been posting on Instagram more regularly and love it (I’m not really using flickr or google+ anymore). I’m loving instagram and the interactions there – particularly this one from Canon UK. I got an invite to the recent #CanonDubinMeet which to my surprise involved photographing dancers outside (in the cold and wet!!!) – ideal! Canon UK even chose one of my photos as the overall winner from the evening. You gotta love instagram for all the new opportunities it brings – well I do anyway!!
……lots of love and laughter (and even a pitch invasion) with the Lords of Strut (yes, the Cork lads who made it to the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent!) this afternoon at LAYA Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Merrion Square – we even had proper sunshine thrown in for good measure!
Mina Clown from Argentina kept us smiling and the USA Breakdancers brought their A-game with some spectacular street dancing. Always a great day out!
Today I learnt about the traditional art of ikebana at the Chester Beatty Library. Thanks to the Ireland Japan Association for organising. It was fascinating to watch 5 different floral displays being made, all beautiful. Our instructor told us you are not meant to talk when making the display, a truly meditative experience.
This week in Airfield Estate we learnt how to pot on plant cuttings, the difference between espalier and fan training, how to deal with spring bulbs and making suitable compost for container pots. I highly recommend this course with Airfield. Colm O’Driscoll, head gardener at Airfield, is a fountain of knowledge and we learnt so much over the past few weeks.
It has been great to see how the garden has changed so much from March to May and I look forward to visiting with my camera over the next few months. For me the walled garden at Airfield is my favourite space and I think Letitia and Naomi Overend (philanthropic owners of Airfield estate who set up their charitable trust in 1974) would be pleased to see how their garden has grown!
Spurred on by all things green, I am pleased to report my seedlings have germinated and are still growing – time will tell if they make it outside and surive!
espalier vs fan
espalier vs fan
here is one I made earlier!
the final product!
Today I learnt that even plants like tea – nettle tea, comfrey tea, seaweed extract. I wonder if they like mint tea too?
Pictures below show how to make plant tea using a rather large tea bag (sack!)! Beware the final tea is rather pungent…….
Thanks to Kitty Scully from Airfield Estate and Farm (http://www.airfield.ie/) for sharing her knowledge with us and passing on her enthusiasm for all things green over the past few weeks. I am pleased to report my plant trials (albeit on a rather miniature scale) are still going strong.
Wishing Kitty the best with her exciting new adventure in Cork……..time to turn those techies green 🙂
double, double toil and trouble!
this is a carrot!
…..ready steady cook
“I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet
So this morning I continued my gardening course at Airfield estate and spent some time with my head/camera in a flower bed (not quite literally!). Then this evening was spent on Sandymount Beach with the Dublin Fire Meeting group to finish up World Circus Day 2017! I love events like this ……..and getting some great shots is a bonus!
Due to my floral photography obsession and the need to grow my own plants (as opposed to killing them!), I signed up for a gardening course in Airfield Estate (www.airfield.ie) taught by the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Kitty Scully (and Colm O’Driscoll on alternate weekends!). A sunny Saturday morning in the beautiful surroundings of Airfield Estate and Farm. I can only hope that I have been a good student and seed trials will work this year!
Another sublime sunrise near Dublin town – it’s those moments before sunrise and those pale pinky hues that I love. Makes getting up at 5am (really 4am cause of the hour change) worth it!