Landscapes

The winter loop

Coumshingaun Loop

The year 2020 ends with a bang. I was invited by Colm Cheevers to join a group to walk the Coumshingaun Loop. A walk that I have done several times. A pretty tough climb up but you are rewarded with spectacular views. This time the summit was covered in clouds so we knew that the views were very limited. What made it a really tough climb was the strong prevailing wind which made it more challenging. When we started there was a beautiful break in the clouds where we could see the rays of the early sun. When we were up, the landscape transformed in a winterwonderland. It was a white world around us, just stunning. What a way to end this remarkable year !! Thanks to the group for a perfect day and Colm for inviting me.

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Kilfarrasy

Kilfarrasy

One of my favourite beaches along the Copper Coast would be Kilfarrasy. Unfortunately I was not able to go to the coast during storm Aiden early November. When I went the day after, there was still some sting in the tail of the storm. The low sun of this season creates some nice light. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Crough Wood

Crough Wood

Down Mahon valley, the river Mahon meanders through a beautiful forest: Crough Wood. The forest is lush and the river has all kinds of little waterfalls making it a very popular destination for photographers. Last Saturday, together with Fergus Cooper, we went to check it out and we were surely not the only ones. It is always great to meet like minded people. We will definitely come back when the leafs have turned.

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Hook Head

Hook Head

Hook Head lighthouse is located at the end of the Hook peninsula in the county of Wexford Ireland. It is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. I was invited by Fergus Cooper to check the sunset there. Great circumstances, gale force winds created some nice surf. Maybe it was not the sunset we were hoping for, but I think we got a nice set of pictures. Went home in wet clothes, but it was all worth it.

Nice to meet Astro photographer Kristín de Grae there as well. Fergus thanks for the invitation.

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Knockmealdown

Hiking to Knockmealdown

On Saturday the 22nd of August, I joined a guided tour organised by Muddyboots guided walking, to hike up to the highest point of county Waterford, mountain Knockmealdown. It was a spectacular and amazing day with gusty winds, horizontal rain and glorious sunshine.  The hike started climbing up Sugarloaf Hill and following the ridge to the 794 meter top of Knockmealdown. A great view from there over different counties and the coastline The dramatic cloudscapes were a welcome bonus for me.

Thanks Mario for the great tour and your stories about this area. Colm Cheevers thank you for inviting me.

Thanks to the rest of the group for your individual stories and your kindness.

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Storm Jorge

Storm Jorge

This year started a bit violently with the three storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. During the arrival of storm Jorge , I went to Kilfarrasy and to my surprise it didn’t rain at all, what made it a lot easier to shoot the impressive power of the sea. On the beach I met fellow member of the Waterford Camera Club, John Byrne and we were treated with a beautiful sunset as well.

All pictures were shot with my Sigma 70-200 lens.

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Autumn of change

Autumn of change

During every autumn nature changes. The trees will display the most beautiful colours before they release their leaves to get ready for the winter. For myself this was also an autumn of change by leaving the Netherlands and move to Ireland. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in life together with Jacqui. There are so many things that I’m looking forward to but obviously there are things that I’ll definitely miss. Along drop, Dutch cheese and other things, I will miss the woods on our doorstep. Every autumn it was a feast to have a walk through these woods and this autumn I felt somewhat emotional because I know I will miss this unique area. So please find my last series of pictures of the forest in the Dieren area. Hope you like them.

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Côte d’Opale

Côte d’Opale

 

For our annual trip, I went with the Schoorl group to a coastline in the North of France. This stretch of coast is known as Côte d’Opale, named after this gemstone. It is a very divers coast with cliffs and wide beaches, scattered with bunkers build during the Second World War. It is really a gem for many photo enthousiasts.

Our group with Petra, Niels, Stephan, Jan, Arjan, Carla, Frederik and myself was completed with Ed, who is constantly in our heart and mind.

Like the coast, the weather was also very divers: rain, storm, wind, sun and a gentle autumn breeze.

A highlight was our visit to Ambleteuse. There was a severe storm and an ideal opportunity to witness Fort Mahon at high tide with high waves. A challenge to make a picture during this force of nature. It could have been a very expensive holiday when we were surprised by a high wave, but miraculously, the only thing that stayed dry was our equipment. Please find here a footage of this wave.

Below you can find a series in chronological order.

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Escalles

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Sketches of China

Sketches of China

During a business trip to China last month, I was able to find some spare time to visit some highlights like The Forbidden City, Olympic village and the Great Wall. I was impressed with it all, specially the kindness and hospitality of the people, the food, the crazyness of the traffic, architecture and how advanced their life is. Thank you very much Zhiyong and girlfriend Snow in showing me around in Beijing and Tianjin, Allen for picking me up at the airport and Victor for introducing me in real Chinese food, so much appreciated.

Please find some impressions of some short getaways during the business trip.

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The purple haze of August

The purple haze of August

 

During August lots of landscape photographers will check out the areas of the blooming heath. After last years drought, I was surprised that the heath recovered so well. Although there were some dark patches, the fields had a lush purple colour. So time to visit some of those beautiful purple fields. Obviously I went to the Posbank, but this year I also went also to the Loenermark, little bit more north of the Posbank.

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Loenermark

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