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The Sea

 © Peter Carroll

I find the sea mesmerizing. Living in Alberta I don’t often get the chance to photograph the sea but I sure have fun when I do. I shot the above image in May when I visited the Dingle Peninsula on the West coast of Ireland. Song of the Mermaid by the Waterboys captures well the feelings I had at the time…

On a day of days
I stood and gazed
Over the western sea
I was completely dazed,
Wide-mouthed and amazed
when a mermaid called to me

Like a man in a dream,
for an age it seemed
I stood as still as a stone
while the mermaid sang
And her melody rang
like a memory calling me home

Then the sea and the wind
and the shores did spin
And though my resistance was strong
all the stars in space
Filled the mermaid’s face
as she captured my will with her song

Somehow I spoke –
the enchantment broke
I rubbed my eyes open wide
like a dream she was gone
All that remained was a song
borne on the ebbing tide

- Song of the Mermaid by The Waterboys

All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.

The seagulls near the tip of the Dingle Peninsula are known for hamming it up for the camera. The super model Linda Evangelista once told Vogue, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” The Dingle seagulls need better agents because they pose for a few crumbs.

 © Peter Carroll

The Dingle Peninsula

 © Peter Carroll

This scene shot from this exact location has been done many many times before but there’s a reason for that. Wow! There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. 6000 years of history and the remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments in the area make Dingle a must if you visit the Emerald Isle.

Coumeenole Beach

One of the wonderful benefits of being a landscape photographer on vacation is that in the creation of a photograph you often find yourself at beautiful locations during off peak hours. Coumeenole Beach on the Dingle Peninsula is a popular spot and you definitely won’t be alone if you get there on a nice day after lunch. But get there in the evening when the weather is unsettled and you’ll more than likely have the place to yourself like I did when I shot this…

Slea Head

If you have never been to Ireland and don’t know where to begin a tour of the island, I think the Dingle peninsula would be a great place to start. The views around Slea Head, which is a promontory on the westernmost part of the peninsula, are simply breathtaking. The area was the backdrop for such movies as Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away. On top of stunnning scenery there’s a treasure trove of historical attractions in the area such as beehive huts, the Dunbeg Fort and the Gallarus Oratory. I’ll post images and details about the historical attractions in the weeks ahead.

The image below was shot at Slea Head Beach and pretty much sums up my five day solo trip photograpphing the west and southwest. In the afternoon what the Irish like to refer to as “unsettled” weather moved in. I contemplated giving the evening shoot a miss and just staying it at the B&B but a little voice in my head said, “You’re only here for a few days. Give it a go.” On the drive along the coastal road from Dingle out to Slea Head it rained and rained and since this was Ireland it rained some more. What’s great about the Irish weather, however, is wait ten minutes and it will change. At Slea Head beach, over the span of ten minutes I got to experience heavy rain, light rain, strong winds which created horizontal rain, and it all broke long enough for me to create this image. The next morning, while I was enjoying my full fry Irish breakfast at the B&B, the young son of the owner brought me my toast and looking out the window at the downpour he was about to walk to school in said,”Jeanie Mac tis lashin’.” I thought to myself – indeed it is but give it ten minutes…