Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Farm Work with Horses

Two weeks ago, the Irish Working Horse Association (IWHA) organized a gathering at on of its members` farm in Co. Mayo for logging with working horses and the demonstration of a horse pulled fore cart to which various attachments, like ploughs, grubbers etc. can be attached . The fore cart was designed (working similar like a tractor to which one can attach various farm equipment)  and built completely by the farmer and it proved to be extremely efficient.
The organic farm, integrating family, animals and every day farm work offered many most interesting photographic aspects.
All pictures were taken with Samsung WB 750

The logs are pulled to the drop off point

The horse approaches through the narrow walkway the pick up point where the bundle of logs is waiting to be attached to the pulling chain

There is no better life than farm life

The Master of all Hams

A perfect furrow needs a perfect team

One of the several attachments to the fore cart

The Ladies are relaxing in the Sunshine and watch the performance

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Summer of rain in Kerry

We have not seen rain like this in years and it is not good for the farmers and there crops. However when picking the cabbage in the garden couldn't help going for the camera as the rain droplets looked like diamonds.Yip-dinner ran a bit late that evening....
All shot with cannon 450D using a screw on macro lens with an 18-55. Av- F.22 or F.25 for most.
Rain is all around us so we got to make the most of it.....Following shots were taken from blades of grass.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Night Clouds and Moonshine over Valentia Island

Yesterday a shiny moon and wandering clouds, combined with a warm and gentle breeze (yes there do exist those things even in this summer) invited to  take a few shots from the patio. Pictures were taken with an Olympus E 5 with Zuiko Digital 50 mm 1:2 on tripod.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Summer Days Abroad

We spent a few days of warm and rainless summer in the Odenwald Forest near Heidelberg and equally fine days in the Czech spa Marianske Lazne, an old resort dating back to the early 19th century.
To make traveling easier, I left back home the E-5 and got instead a small digicam Samsung WB 750.

Boulder in the Odenwald forest

Two oldsters on their way back home after a long day at the vintage meeting

Chimney pot

In the Odenwald there are traditionally large areas of grassland with dispersed fruit trees

The area is also well known for excellent wine growing

There a many painfully restored 19th century buildings, mostly hotels and spa facilities in Marianske Lazne 

Figurines on top of one of the few modern buildings

Their 19th century counterparts

Detail of a more recently built fountain 

All pictures © Franz Schenk