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Ross Castle, Killarney, Ireland. An HDR edit.

Ross School of Business - University of Michigan

Lough Leane, Killarney, County Kerry

A volte è necessario guardare oltre le apparenze, anche se

queste sono mascherate da parole stupende e spesso commoventi.

Credo di poter dire, senza tema di smentita, di essermi

sempre comportata coerentemente rispetto a quanto ho

sempre detto e sostenuto con chi di voi mi conosce...

non tutti hanno compreso, solo chi sa che nell'amicizia

ci sono momenti splendidi ma anche momenti molto faticosi.





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Ross castle in Killarney Co. Kerry at sunrise

Sorry for beiung an "absentee contact" these past few days...uploading and not visiting..was going to catch up day off, but it is forecast to be a record breaking 24C and I will be outdoors enjoying it!!! Thanks for your visits and patience ;-)


This one was sitting on my photostream for a long time so now made public...Ross Farm Museum is a lovely historical place to visit in Nova Scotia.

Ross castle an ancient seat of the O'Donoghue clan

Bosque del Apache, NM, US

Bosque del Apache, NM, US

Afternoon @ Ross island,Andaman, Feb 2011.


Clicked by :- Sigma 10mm + Cokin GND8.


3rd Place in thePCA, Woman


Xplored:-Highest position: 116 on Sunday, March 13, 2011


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All Rights Reserved.2011 © Akash Bhattacharya Photography.


A handheld shot taken whilst strolling through Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

Raw image was processed 5 times and merged to HDR.

Quite pleased with it for a single exposure image taken at 800iso.

Worth seeing large.

È un freddo pomeriggio d'inverno quello del 23 agosto 2014 in Tasmania.

In trasferimento nell'entroterra dell'isola Australiana, mi sto muovendo alla volta della capitale, Hobart, a sud.

Si sono alternati piovaschi e schiarite in questo pomeriggio e questo mi ha fatto guidare con la meraviglia di chi, km dopo km, scopre posti affascinanti; a volte nella più cupa delle luci, a volte invece avvolti da abbacinanti raggi di sole che fanno capolino tra una nuvola e l'altra.

È verso il tramonto che scorgo dietro una collina un convoglio merci tasmano.

Ne avevo sentito parlare del loro sistema ferrioviario ma non pensavo di avere la fortuna di vedere davvero muoversi un treno merci, visto il mio serrato programma turistico.

Decido allora di lasciare la strada che seguivo per darmi all'inseguimento del treno; la sua velocità non è elevata e questo mi suggerisce di trovare un punto foto improvvisato davanti a lui per immortalarlo. Rapido sguardo alla cartina, vedo a pochi km davanti a me una cittadina, poco più che un paesello sperso nel niente, Ross... decido di tagliargli la strada sicuro di anticiparlo.

Scorgo un passaggio a livello, di quelli senza sbarre di protezione e mentre accosto con la macchina avvisto i fari del treno dietro una collina che fanno già capolino! È addirittura una doppia trazione! Non avevo visto le loco prima in macchina perché avevo avvistato solo la coda del treno, quindi è stata una bella sorpresa!


In Tasmania le ferrovie non sono così estese, anzi... questo convoglio appartiene all'operatore ferroviario TasRail, di proprietà del governo Australiano, tale operatore espleta solo servizi merci, avendo cessato le attività di trasporto passeggeri nel mese di luglio del '78.


La locomotiva è una imponente Classe TR costruita dalla Progress Rail Services americana (Georgia), consegnate a partire dal 2013.

Sono locomotive diesel-elettriche da 1700kW e 272kN di sforzo di trazione. La cosa incredibile che non si nota dalla foto è che... sono a SCARTAMENTO METRICO!


Porto a casa con soddisfazione, così, all'ultima luce del giorno, l'unica foto ferriviaria scattata dall'altra parte del mondo, nella terra dei famosi "diavoli"!!! Un saluto a tutti.

The art and the artist.

Taken a while ago, but really enjoyed our visit to Ross

One of Several historic Bridges along the Midland Highway in Tasmania.


Ross Bridge is an historic bridge across the Macquarie River on the road into n the town of Ross in central Tasmania,


Completed in July 1836. by convict labour, it is the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia.

Ross School of Business - University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Taken on a recent trip...great time and lovely place to visit..

Portland Spirit making its way back to town thru the Ross Island Bridge, Portland, OR. BlueHourView NB32423-31

This is Ross, relaxing in Mum's garden on a hot summers afternoon.

Taken using the 'pet portrait' mode on my new Nikon D5600.



Colour version of previously posted, toned shot of the stairs on the Ross Bridge, which lies on the road into Ross, a small town in the Midlands of Tasmania. The image was produced from a 5 shot Photomatix merge, with the sky being blended via a layer adjustment using one of the original RAW files.


© Andrew Fuller. This image remains the property of Andrew Fuller, and as such, may not be used or reproduced in any form, in part or in whole, without my express permission.

Ross Castle (Irish: Caisleán an Rois) is a 15th-century tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.[1] It is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan,[2] though it is better known for its association with the Brownes of Killarney who owned the castle until more recently.

Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI

Another view of Ross Castle in Killarney National Park.


Long exposure (13 seconds) with a 10 stop ND filter. Processed in LR4, Nik Dfine, and PS CS6

Ross-on-Wye is a small market town with a population of 10,089 in south eastern Herefordshire, England, located on the River Wye, and on the northern edge of the Forest of Dean.


Ross-on-Wye was the birthplace of the British tourist industry. In 1745, the rector, Dr John Egerton, started taking friends on boat trips down the valley from his rectory at Ross. The Wye Valley's particular attraction was its river scenery, its precipitous landscapes, and its castles and abbeys, which were accessible to fashionable seekers of the "Picturesque".


In 1782, William Gilpin's book "Observations on the River Wye" was published, the first illustrated tour guide to be published in Britain. Once it was published, demand grew so much that by 1808 there were eight boats making regular excursions down the Wye, most of them hired from inns in Ross and Monmouth. By 1850 more than 20 visitors had published their own accounts of the Wye Tour, and the area was established as a tourist area.



Ross's Goose in foreground w/ Snow Goose in background.


Merced NWR

Took some friends to see if this bird was still around this morning. To our delight if flew a nice little distance and landed again. I may have to post another one or two of this little rarity.

Ross's Goose at Middle Creek WMA.


The size is noticeably smaller and bill shape is different from the two snow geese shown for comparison. These miniature versions of snow geese are a different species and extremely cute but difficult to spot mixed in with thousands of snow geese


This is a photographic lifer for me


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Today was a wet and chilly mid-March day in Toronto and the city is growing weary of winter. Conversations everywhere are turning to spring and the anticipation of budding trees and spring bulbs breaking free of the ground. Mind you, neither of these things is happening, but we’ve got our fantasies.


After leaving my class downtown I’d had the good fortune to happen across Laticia (my Stranger #386) almost immediately. Following that stroke of good luck I decided to swing past Allan Gardens and walk through the Conservatory to remind myself what flowers and greenery look like. Allan Gardens is in the heart of downtown and the Conservatory is a large public greenhouse. (


The Conservatory was filled with school children on field trips, being herded along by their teachers who looked like they were trying to keep track of their charges and their wits as children explored in all directions. As I threaded my way through the hubbub of children I came to a placid pond with goldfish, surrounded by greenery and with a classical Greek statue. I suddenly noticed this interesting man standing nearby. He was also enjoying the pond and the warm tropical air of the Conservatory. “I’m sure glad I stopped by” I said. “This taste of the tropics just might get me through this long, harsh winter.” His eyes smiled and behind his beard I’m sure his mouth did too. “No kidding” he replied. “This winter just doesn’t quit does it?” We moved on from weather talk and he said he hadn’t been down here in a while but his reason for coming today was the same as mine. He said he was glad to see the goldfish are still in the pond. We shook hands. Meet Ross.


Ross was a very warm and friendly man and our conversation just seemed to flow from the start. I learned that his background is Jamaican (that makes two for two today) but that he grew up in New York (near Central Park) but traveled back and forth to Jamaica numerous times through the years, finally ending up in Canada. We compared notes on when we came to Toronto and how it has changed - some for the better and some for the worse – since then. When I asked his age to make sense of the chronology of his story his eyes twinkled and he said “I’m 63 years young, man.”


Ross is a musician and plays mostly blues and R&B and is in the process of making an electric guitar. My brother has made musical instruments so we had another common connection. Then we touched on the trends in the U.S. when we moved to Canada and this led to talk about the “old days” when many of us were preoccupied with the threat of being drafted into the army and sent to a war in Viet Nam that we opposed. That experience seems to form a particularly strong sense of brotherhood between men who lived in that time and and Ross and I were having a major trip down memory lane. I found out he did not get drafted because he was a sole surviving son of a veteran. I, on the other hand, turned too old (26). It’s somewhat ironic that we both ended up moving to Canada, not to avoid the army but for other personal reasons.


When I introduced my photo project Ross was an attentive listener and did not immediately agree or decline. I made my pitch and said I thought he would make a great subject. I learned that he doesn’t know Flickr “I’m not a computer person” and is rather suspicious of the internet. I said I didn’t want to twist his arm but I would sure like to be able to photograph him but I would need his consent. He told me “Hey man, I’m not crazy about being photographed and especially the internet thing, but I can tell you’re an honest guy and I trust you. Let’s do it but soon I have to get going.”


I quickly faced him south against the greenery and took the photos, pausing a couple of times to let visitors pass between us on the narrow path through the vegetation. “Come on through” he said at one point to a couple who were politely waiting. “This isn’t Hollywood or anything. We’re just taking a couple of photos.” I have found taking portraits in indoor, glassed in atriums and the like to be a challenge. The glass tends to produce a "cool" cast to the light that's difficult for me to compensate for in post-processing. I would have preferred it if I could have achieved a somewhat softer effect but to overcome "flatness' I had to put up with a bit of harsh effect. Still, I'm very happy with the photo and feel it captures a nice glimpse into his character.


When I found out Ross didn’t use a computer we puzzled a bit over how I might get a couple of prints to him. He hit on a solution: I could drop off photos at a social club he said he spends a lot of time at. “If I’m not there, just tell them they’re for ‘Dreads’.” He added as an afterthought “Stop in there and visit. It’s a cool place and there’s lots of youngsters like you and me.” As it turned out, I did drop by the place with prints a week later and discovered it was a social service organization providing a variety of services to a population of (largely) homeless men, It was a very interesting tour and although Ross wasn't there, the fellow who showed me around recognized him from the photo and said he would make sure Ross got the photos next time he saw him.


I really enjoyed meeting you Ross. Thank you for the fun conversation and for trusting me enough to participate in 100 Strangers. You are Stranger #387 in Round 4 of my project.


Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page


To browse Round 1 of my 100 Strangers project click here:

To browse Round 2 of my 100 Strangers project click

To browse Round 3 of my 100 Strangers project click here:

After leaving Whistler, we headed back to Vancouver and unto the ferry for Vancouver Island for our last 2 days to stay in Victoria. En route, in Brentwood Bay who could resist visiting the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Oh Wow!!


The gardens were amazing, and my photos really won't do them justice, but over the next couple of days, I'll try my best.


This was the wonderfully impressive Ross Fountain. And I must have watched it for quite a while. The water sprays changed direction and shape numerous times :)


So, we've finally reached Friday, whoohooo, I for one, am so glad it's the weekend. I trust you've all had a good week and have some nice plans for your weekend :)


Thank you for the visits, comments and faves. I'm sorry I haven't had time to get round everyone's photos yet. Hopefully that'll change in the next couple of weeks!!! :) :) :) :)

Grey skies...flat light...can't control the weather! Without your own transport, scheduling and travelling for perfect conditions is impossible. Take what you can...had to go b&w with this one. Imagine a bright autumn morning with light mist over the water and golden sun illuminating the scene.

No point crying over what you didn't the cards you have...metaphors for life there somewhere! Have a great day!

Taken early morning on a recent trip to Kerry with fellow photographer Jonathan Moran. Ross Castle (Irish: Caisleán an Rois) is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan though it is better known for its association with the Brownes of Killarney who owned it until recently. It is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.

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