Reach For The Sky In The Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park

Another one for my “Tall trees that look like characters from Lord Of The Rings” series for you today. I find something very majestic looking about this particular cluster of trees, they seem so much more powerful than those in the background. It seems to me that some trees are perfectly happy to stretch up a certain distance and then spend the rest of their lives spreading outwards, that’s not a way of life for this particular bunch though. There seems to be some kind of fierce competition going on to find out which one can reach the highest first, I often wonder is the air more clear up there. There is a beautiful sparse look to the lower parts of the trees, barely a branch to be seen until you reach about half way up.

 

On a completely separate note I must say I am feeling very bad about the fact that it has been almost a month now since I have visited the park with my camera. I have been several times for family visits but as far as long strolls in the park with my trusty old Canon friend, well it’s just been too long. I should explain I was away in County Mayo for two weeks, in a most beautiful place called Carrowmore Lake. I will post some of my photos from the Mayo trip on my Flick page as soon as I get them all processed.

Relaxing In The Phoenix Park

 

These lads really do have the best life in the world. An entire park pretty much all to themselves, apart from people like me annoying them with zoom lenses and inept methods of creeping up on them in the long grass. I have had days in the past when I arrive home with wet knees from crawling slowly through the long grass just to get close enough to get a good shot. After many years of employing this method I decided to experiment with a new one, this involved walking slowly straight up to them. To be fair to the deer if you don’t go running up to them they are pretty relaxed about human beings getting close, I really didn’t need to worry about the camouflage and making sure not to look them straight in the eye. I think their theory is, if you don’t bother me I won’t bother you. The deer are so used to human contact at this stage they just seem to take it in their stride, or continue to sleep in this instance.

The Phoenix Park Whitehouse

Phoenix Park Whitehouse

This here is a shot I took of the American Ambassadors residence in the Phoenix Park a few years ago, I always have the fear when I point zoom lenses at buildings like these in the park, someday I am expecting a gentle tap on the shoulder and then none of my friends or relations will ever see me again. All they will ever find of me is an empty camera with all the images erased, hopefully they will at least get the camera back, it’s worth a lot of money [more than I am].

It’s a rather striking building, maybe slightly out of place in the park compared to some of the other architecture but in fairness it’s kept well hidden. If you don’t know how to actually find it then you probably have never actually seen beyond the big gates.

It’s fair to say the sky gave me a giant helping hand with the photo, what is it about beautiful sunny days here in Ireland, there always seems to be these massive threatening clouds just hovering in the background.