Geoff. McElwaine's photos

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Evening Sunlight.

View over Oslo as the sun set.

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Sunshine & Shadow.

View looking up Londonderry's Shipquay Street on a day of sunshine and showers. This street is only about 300 metres long, on quite a steep slope, from the city's Guildhall up to the War Memorial in the Diamond, which may be glimpsed at the top of my picture. Londonderry is, today, being transformed, emerging from a long, colourful, and often troubled history to showcase its hidden delights. The only completely Walled City in Ireland and the British Isles, it has many echoes of its 1450 years of history.…

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Palm House.

Designed by Charles Lanyon ( 6 January 1813 – 31 May 1889 ), an English architect whose work is most closely associated with Belfast. The Palm House in Botanic Gardens, Belfast is one of the earliest examples of a curvilinear cast iron glasshouse. Its construction was initiated by the Belfast Botanical and Horticultural Society in the 1830s. The two wings were completed in 1840, and were built by Richard Turner of Dublin, who later built the Great Palm House at Kew Gardens. The cool wing houses all year rou…

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Dull day at the Shore.

Another picture from my day out with ifido, taken along the Antrim Coast Road. This scene attracted my attention because of the range of colours [ sandy brown, sea blue, rock pool dark brown, cloud dull grey ]. Needless to say, we didn't spot any hardy soul venturing out for a walk along what was a very windswept coast-line.

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Deep in the Forest ....

An old derelict building seemingly under threat from an angry tree. [ Picture taken during a day out with ifido [ www.ipernity.com/home/ifido ] in the Antrim Hills. Sun never quite managed to put in more than a reluctant watery appearance. ]

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Shadows.

ARE THEY SHADOWS ? Are they shadows that we see? And can shadows pleasure give? Pleasures only shadows be Cast by bodies we conceive And are made the things we deem In those figures which they seem. But these pleasures vanish fast Which by shadows are expressed; Pleasures are not, if they last; In their passing is their best. Glory is most bright and gay In a flash, and so away. Feed apace then, greedy eyes, On the wonder you behold; Take it sudden as it flies, Though you take it not to hold. When your e…

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Miserable Day at Castle Ward # 2.

Another " Nokia " picture, this time using flash. The mixture of textures, colours and shapes appealed to me.

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Miserable Day at Castle Ward.

This is my first attempt with a newly acquired Nokia Lumia 625 Mobile 'phone : taken through the windscreen of a car [ hence the rain drops ! - Yes, I confess : I am a fair weather photographer ! ] during a damp and dull afternoon in the grounds of Castle Ward, a National Trust property in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. To put this " miserable " weather into context : on the day when I took this, Scotland and Eastern England were battered by fierce winds [ in which two people were killed ] and Wales suffered…

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All lit up !

Visitors, chilled after strolling around the grounds, queuing in front of a flood-lit Mount Stewart for a reviving cup of coffee. They had come in their hundreds [ in the event, around 12,000 visited during the tree weekends ] to experience magical evenings [ this was taken on the third of three weekends ] at this National Trust mansion as the grounds and lakeside walk had been brought to magical life with magnificently coloured lights and original mesmerising music. I had driven down with the intentio…
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