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St. Patrick’s day parade in Cork 2012
The weather was remarkably good this morning. The sun was shining, loads of people went out on the streets dressed in green, there were children eveywhere waving Irish flags, farmer’s market was up and running on Grand parade. I just love St.Patrick’s day! [...]
Germany – Czech Republic car trip 2011
That was an incredible road trip. We got a car in Munich, went to Prague for 2 days, returned to Germany and drove round for 4 days, stayed in small hotels and tried local food on the way. We ended up in Prien am Chiemsee in the end. Read more for all posts and photos from that trip. [...]
Prague from the Petřín Lookout Tower
Petřín Tower is very compact, and it’s pretty easy to take the stairs to the top and back . If the weather is clear you can see the whole Prague underneath. And the view is definitely worth it. Petřín Tower is famous for it’s resemblance with the Eiffel Tower, but it definitely has it's own character. [...]
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It’s been a week since I wrote something in the blog and I apologize for the break I had to take. I’m back on track now and have few posts ready with photos that I took over the last weeks.
I’ve already posted few close-ups from Fota gardens that I took in july, but I have few more shots left. It was a wonderful evening, it was around 6pm, the gardens were pretty empty, no people around, the sun gave a nice light, and I really enjoyed it all.
I was surprised that the gardens were even open in that time, officially everything closes at 5, but looks like that the alleys are free to enter even after that.
Yesterday around 5pm I suddenly packed my photo bag and we went to Fota Botanic gardens to take few shots. I’ve been there before, so this time I decided to focus on close-ups and used my macro lens most of the time.
I really enjoyed it, the weather was amazing, and since it was past five there were not many people in the gardens, so I could take as many shots as I want.
Just as a note to self, Fota Widelife park and the Fota house close at 5pn, but it’s still possible to use the car parking and walk in the gardens after that.
I took these photos in Fota wildlife park about a year ago in February 2011. It was a very cold day, it was so cold that it was hard to press the camera buttons and I was dreaming of the gloves ) Animals seemed a bit chilly as well – they tried to hide in their houses, only animals who were lucky to have a thick fur dared to go out and to look around.
It’s much better to go there in summer to be honest, cause I usually take a heavy tripod, a small chair, a set of lenses and filters and I like to have some time to set up everything quetly and with no rush. If you go a bit further from the entrance (and small children) there will be a quiet park with small little creatures hiding in the thick grass, zebras and giraffes walking nearby…
I like it there a lot, I should extend my membership this year and go there more often.
If you go through the Fota wildlife park to the end, you will find yourself in the Botanical garden. It’s located on the same Fota island, it’s pretty big and very well maintained. It’s a quiet place, looks like kids are more interested in zebras and parrots in the wildlife park than in herbs and trees. Well, it might be for the best)
It’s very nice to walk there in summer when flowers are blooming, too bad I didn’t really have a lot of time for it, usually I got there by the end of the day when it was time to go home. So if you once go to Fota island – try to save some time for the gardens)
Fota (Oileán Fhóta) is an island in Cork harbour, you can get there by train in 15 minutes from the Kent station. The island is not that small, there is a huge wildlife park where you can see animals and birds mostly without cages and borders. Only predators are being kept in cages, but this is not like in any other zoo – the cages are spacious, with a lot of grass and trees, also they are very clean. The entrance fee is €12 per person, so if you like it there it would make more sense to buy an annual membership for €110 for 2 people. After you pass the wildlife park you can get to the botanic garden to look at different trees and flowers depending on the time of the year.
It’s been a while since I was there, maybe it’s time to go again )