12.4.12

Those deep dark blue days





















































There is a cold blue light that we sometimes experience in Ireland especially on an overcast day. The land becomes deeper and darker and occasionally a streak of sunlight will flash on a ditch or on a hill spotlighting a paler green or the gold of furze. This contrast between the dark sky and the bright hills creates layers of colour from the deepest blue greys to the paler mauves.

These layered and darker days draw me towards the bigger picture landscapes. On my creative path I still have a lot to learn but I now see the limitations in the longed for purely "blue sky days". I never thought I would be saying that!

The darker cloudier days have a soulful still quality. You can see further to the horizon, the mountains soak up the light and the hedgerow plants sparkle against the fierce grey backdrop. I still love the warm sunny days but the cold blue cloudy ones have won me over to their unfathomable mysteries.






16 comments:

  1. Cumulus, stratus and cirrus are the photographer's personal light technicicans as in the glory of the golden gorse in top image :)

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  2. Completely agree. It has always been beyond me how people yearn for continuous blue days.....so dull!:)

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  3. I love it when the weather is like that in the top picture. And the wind always brings the most glorious smells with it, rain on the horizon.

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  4. I do how you feel and what you are saying...give me a cloudy gray day for inner contemplation...I find my somber mood on these days forces a more serious contemplation and one that is needed and revealing...that is how I came to love winter more..it is a time of rest, recuperation and for finding myself more...lovely!

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  5. Oh, what beautiful sights. Ireland is certainly at the top of my bucket list..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  6. I've just returned from Ireland and experienced quite a lot of those moody skies:) I was also amazed at the amount of gorse and blackthorn that I saw - it looked lovely.

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  7. I live in a place where the light is almost always the same, the sky the same, the flowers the same, so much consistency. And while I appreciate the prevailing pleasant weather, I often find myself longing for the frequently-changing dramatic skies and weather of my home state.

    I just stumbled across your blog recently, and it is such a treat. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and musings.

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  9. Uwielbiam Niebieskie pogodne Niebo, ale te prawie granatowe chmury sa niesamowite. Śliczne zdjecia. Pozdrawiam.
    I love the clear blue sky, but the blue clouds are almost incredible. Beautiful pictures. Yours.

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  10. Irish skies can be so dramatic - light squeezing out between clouds and randomly illuminating spots in the landscape - like having our own light show!

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  11. When we travelled around Scotland, we mostly had cloudy days. Just light cloud, with the sun shafting thru, one breathtaking view after another. And then a disappointing clear sunny day, and the landscape sulked, flat and hohum.

    Your views are magical!

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  12. Your photographs are very beautiful, I love how you portray our landscape through your lense.

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  13. My mother grew up in Maine then when she and Dad were first married they spent a few months in his homestate California.
    She said that mid way through that time she could have screamed for the monotony- bright blue skies and dry every day all summer.

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  14. Exquisite photography of gorgeous landscape and sky. Spectacular views. I so concur . . . a clear blue cloudless day holds nothing to the beauty of light and shadow . . . creating ever changing airy mystery with deeper colors then light again . . . we all long for voluptuous dramatic clouds floating across the sky as in a parade. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!

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  15. Thanks for this post, I am considering talking about the same in my blog.... Sell Photography

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