January so far

Enjoy the slide show January retrospective

Here is a show of the Ireland photographs shared so far in January, as I prepared them for publication. Enjoy!!

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Mass Mount from Clashduff

Mass Mount

We packed a solid Manfrotto studio tripod into a tiny rental car for photographs such as this one. After the photograph of yesterday’s post, I swiveled the camera a few degrees, the steady mount retaining scene orientation otherwise.

The mountain in the middle distance, dappled with light, is Mass Mount, the townland is named for this landform. Kildromalive, in Irish Choill Droma Limh, translates to “Wood Ridge.”

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Clashduff wide angle

Play of Clouds and Light

Preparing for our tour of the island I acquired an “L” grade Canon lens, the 24mm f/1.4L USM. It is used to good effect here and in the following photographs from our traverse of Healy Pass, a “famine road.”

Here we are at the southern edge of the townland surmounting the pass, Clashduff, in English. In Irish, na Claise Duibhe translates to “Black Ravine.” There are ten Republic of Ireland townlands with this name including one in the middle of Cork City near Finbar Cathedral.

I’ve used portrait mode here, with the “wide angle” capturing the clouds.

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Inchintaglin near to Clashduff, and again

Play of Clouds and Light

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Inchintaglin near to Clashduff, again

Standing around, gawking made respectable holding a camera.

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Inchintaglin near to Clashduff

Steepening terrain, switchbacks come into view as we proceed on Healy Pass.

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Inchintaglin Life Forms

Around the Road

Near

and far

Inchintaglin is the townland name, the land is two mountains, the near ending with the above ridge, in the northeast. When the road breaches below the ridge the land beyond opens up.

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Inchintaglin

Views of four townlands

Healy Pass, R574, ascends along lower slopes of Adrigole Mountain (AKA Hunger Hill). We passed several roads descending to this valley, providing access to farms. Four townlands are in view, the Irish language name in parenthesis: Kilcaskan (Cill Chascann), Dromgarvan (Drom Garbhain), Canshanavoe (Ceann Seanbhoith), and Inchintaglin (Inse an tSeaglainn), where I stand.

O’Sullivan is the most common surname of Beara Peninsula. Here is a biography of one O’Sullivan born Inchintaglin townland (you’ll need to read Irish or translate the page): O’SÚILLEABHÁIN, Francis (1889–1956).

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