Speckles bleached speckles on brown to white, while drops dashed on deep dark blue. The rocks gleamed algae green, a trip hazard for every young flipper. As the pale sunlight casually gleamed on slimy skin. We lazed there like sleepy sirens singing on the rocks, playing like puppies swimming in the sea a way no human would experience. The time flew by when we heard the roaring splash of the waves, the lazy chug of the running motor ever more slow each and every time we heard it, I looked through sleepy eyes at the weird concoction as the noise stopped and it glided closer. A frequent event but ever the more strange as silence fell and we looked up. every time it looked different, colours, shapes, movement and just for a moment we would look up and see. Then the pained motor would start and just like that it would be gone and the splash of the roaring waves along with it.
I love Ireland, it has to be one of my favourite places in the world. The mass of the countryside the beautiful landscape and the welcoming feeling that spells “home”. I took this picture when in Kerry, we were travelling to a small yet exquisite Ireland off the coast, filled with gorgeously exotic plants and amazing colours. It was astonishingly beautiful. If it weren’t for the man-eating midges it would have been perfect.
As with many of my photos I was quite lucky after all I don’t speak seal and yet I chose to angle the photo so as to incorporate talking space into my photo. My main focus was the seal on the rock it just so happened my talking and waving worked so maybe I do speak seal. Its beautiful pose really makes this photo special, combined with the contrast of dark and light present by the dark sea and the bright green countryside, I couldn’t be happier. This photo definitely holds some fond memories.
We discovered life in our pond! Frogs to be exact! 🙂 I deliberately photographed the frog within the top left hand corner in order to show all the different shapes and colours within the pond water. I love the colours. The frogs face hit by bright lights sparkles to show his slimy nature and the variety of greens emphasises the natural elements. I also love the way the algae is “twinkles” around the frog, it creates a magical effect as if it was fairy dust or disco lights, the frogs legs fumble out in every direction, who knows maybe he is dancing 😉
Now i know most of you would expect me to go all “eastery” this week, expecting a picture of chocolate eggs and perhaps a few crosses. In this case it lays cause to wonder why my picture bares a description of four paws combined with animalistic (furry) features.
But I say “oh contrare” infact isn’t the very essence of the easter story about life? The soul of the world can no better be witnessed then in springtime, life is created; flowers peak heads from darkened buds and wintery covers, animals are born tormenting their mothers as we so often do whilst trickling sunlight seeps through dappled leaves and eluminates the foliage below it. These cubs are beautiful and although it was a shame to not see them in the wild we can only be glad that we can see them and that they will be protected in and for the future.
I was lucky in my chances as with many safari parks you have to be quick and move on this was no exception which made it hard to take a great photo. My camera (the nikon coolpix p510) took this challenge enabling me to zoom in close to each animal which stood a considerable distance away (much to my freinds dismay) 🙂 I deliberately zoomed in close to capture the detail and beauty within these animals and as a result I am happy to say I love each photo passionately. It seemed nothing was a match for my nikon that day, usually struggling with focus it triumphed as objects such as the window bared no effect on any photos, even fencing around enclosures had no effect! Although I could have chosen to take the photo at a diagonal angle to express the cubs previous playful excitement I chose to take the photo landscape, this created a calm and sedated atmosphere for the photo which i wanted. The audiences main focus is on the first cub depicted in the foreground it is subtly highlighted as it gazes at the camera through confused eyes. This took a long time to find and I was lucky to capture the cubs gaze without jumping out the car myself. I made sure the cubs full body was placed in the photo to add balance and a sense of journey or adventure as if these cubs were exploring the world for the first time, un doubtedly for the first cub this would have been better if we could see its paws. However this works well as the second cub looks around as if following the other. Overall i believe this photo was a success, lions are truly beautiful and majestic creatures and i hope i captured that in my photo this week.