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Above the Fog : More Snow Scenes

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Everyone seems to be waiting for a thaw but I’m loving the snow. Day 3 in the tundra, this time out in Glencull, near Ballygawley. You can normally see the neighbouring towns of Augher, Clogher and Aughnacloy from up this high, but the fog in the valleys means there’s no chance of that this week.

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Boxing Day Tundra

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Day two at home and the promised thaw didn’t materialise. Time to crawl out of bed and suit up again!

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Frozen North

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While The West was flooded and The North frozen in November and December I remained sheltered in Galway City. My first bit of snow exposure this winter in at least 5 years came when I got stuck on the bus between Sligo and Eniskillen on the way home for Christmas…. fortunately we were rescued and made it home in time for Turkeyfest ’09. These were all taken just outside Ballgawley, Tyrone

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Surfing the lower Corrib

Ali Donald (of Saoirse Na Mara), Donnacha Quilty and some of their buddies put on a real show for the frigid shoppers on Sunday afternoon, surfing on the wave at O’Brien’s Bridge in Galway. I was given a heads up beforehand so arrived with a big bag of camera gear and a lot of warm waterproof clothing. Well worth it!

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December Diving

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So it’s been two months since I got my diver’s licence, but I hadn’t used it yet. Nor did I get any good underwater pics yet. Time to rectify both those things! I went for a shore dive to 10 meters in the morning with my shiny new Canon Powershot D10, and took a few pics and videos on the way.  The second dive was beyond the camera’s waterproof rating, so I took no chances and left it behind on the boat while I went off with my Finnish dive buddy Nina, who was far too complimentary of my newbie ways. The weather was amazing, too- it was windy out, and only about 10 degrees but the winter sun had a blue sky to play with, making visiblity at depth pretty good for the conditions (maybe 8 meters).

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A Grand Lá Out

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I took a day trip to Inis Meain with some friends and my camera… the weather was beautiful but I forgot my sunscreen… paid for that one later!  This was with Haruka and her sister Akiko, we took the ferry over in the morning, spent the day wandering around and just caught the ferry back.  A great day.