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I recently took a trip home to the island to photograph a local business and while there, I got the chance to get some portraits of family and friends. The weather in Ireland this week has been absolutely phenomenal, something we would typically have to fly to the likes of Greece or Cyprus to enjoy. In fact, I don't ever remember the weather being so good in the evenings, almost like a Californian summer. One of these amazing evenings before I had to return to Cork, I spontaneously grabbed my camera to get a few shots of my cousins. I'm very happy how these turned out and makes me wish we could enjoy this all summer long!

Anytime I get to catch up with family and friends at home, we usually end up playing a lot of music together and having a few sociable ones ;) this time those sociable ones lasted till 7am but we took the opportunity to head to the beach and see the sun rise up over Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay. I don't think I have ever seen a moment like this as amazing that I could appreciate. Ireland truly is another place when the weather is good. 

As part of my trip home, I brought up one of my landscape prints - Winter Lights. This particular size was the large 36x16 inch version and when I collected it I was actually blown away to see it printed at this size with all its detail. The boat featured in Winter Lights is known as the Rossend and was shipwrecked on Kinnacorra in 1996. Proprietor of the Go Explore Hostel, Carl O'Grady and his family, used to run the ferry service using the Rossend before her demise. Unfortunately after 18 years, the winter storms in February this year washed away the remains of the wreckage and this point of interest is now lost  forever. If you venture in to Clare Island at all this summer, you can check it out on display in the Sailors Bar at the Go Explore Hostel and while there, grab yourself a cold one and take in the amazing views of the mountains :) 

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