About John Ironside

Having spent many years as a professional photographer, I have been privileged to be witness to so many wonderful happenings, meeting so many amazing people all over the world and enjoying their cultures, hospitality and experiences. I travelled extensively into Africa, South America, Caribbean and Europe bringing clients into these regions so they too could experience the cultures and traditions of the communities, understand better the environment, the value of conservation and the caring of nature through adventure and environmental travel. Through my photography and travel writing I convey these experiences to others so that they too can enjoy and understand the moments that travel brings with it. If you enjoyed this post please pass it on Thank you.

The Sunflower, folklore says they are a symbol of good luck.

The Sunflower, folklore says they are a symbol of good luck. When we see a sunflower, because of its size of the flower and height of the plant, it does catch your attention. This imposing plant, with its large sun like bloom balancing on its tall slender stalk, normally 7 to 8 feet [...]

By | 2017-09-13T15:47:48+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Food, Gardens, Nature|0 Comments

SS Dunbrody, an Irish Famine Story

SS Dunbrody, an Irish Emigrant Story Recently I travelled to New Ross in County Wexford, Ireland to visit the “SS Dunbrody” a three master “Barque” replica of the Famine ships that brought so many Irish emigrants to Canada and the USA during the Famine times at home in the mid [...]

By | 2017-08-28T12:28:02+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Activity, Culture, Historical, Travel|2 Comments

Coolaught Garden and Garden Center

Coolaught Garden and Garden Center   Coolaught Gardens & Garden Center, Clonroche, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. I have visited Coolaught Garden on several occasions at different times of the year. My first reaction is always “so peaceful”. You are drawn into this garden of lush foliage and well [...]

By | 2017-08-28T12:23:15+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Activity, Gardens, Nature|0 Comments

Mercury, fine lace and natural caves: Slovenia EDEN

Idrija, one of the oldest mining towns in Slovenia. The Mercury Mines, 500 years old legacy of hardship and almost certain early death for the miners while in contrast, the delicate Idrija Lace, a centauries old bobbin lacemaking craft that provided social, creative and economic development for the people of this mining town. Slovenia [...]

By | 2017-07-16T14:30:37+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Art and Craft, Culture, Nature, Scenery, Travel|0 Comments

Slovenia North West: an Alpine Eden

On my recent visit to Slovenia, my first introduction to this stunningly beautiful landscape was the drive from Ljubljana Airport along the valley between the Italian / Slovenian Alps to the west and the Triglav National Park to the east, finally crossing a twisting over mountain pass to town of Bovec. These jagged mountain peaks, [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:05+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Activity, Culture, Historical, Nature, Travel|0 Comments

Wild Irish Salmon and Ballyhack Smokehouse

Ballyhack Smokehouse The Irish Wild Salmon have for centuries been returning  from the oceans every year around May to their rivers of origin,  driven by instinct and determination. They fight their way up the rivers against the flow, overcoming obstacles such as weirs and waterfalls with a natural need to reach the upper extremes, [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:05+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Culture, Food, Nature|0 Comments

The Saltee Islands; Pirates, Smugglers, and now amazing wildlife

The Saltee Islands You know that feeling when you look out across the water to an island in the distance and your imagination just starts to run away with you? The Saltee Islands are located five kilometers off the coast of Kilmore Quay in County Wexford, Ireland, on a clear day you can see [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:05+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Activity, Nature, Travel|14 Comments

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens; wander through lush woodland with a colourful, peaceful atmosphere

Kilmokea House & Gardens, seven acres of manicured walled area and lush tropical, jungle like woodland, a peaceful experience with a magical touch for all the family. Kilmokea, a manor house and garden with Viking and Norman Heritage located near the Barrow River on the island of “Great Island” near Campile in County Wexford, [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:06+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Activity, Gardens, Nature|0 Comments

Colclough Walled Garden, a restored Victorian Geometric Gardenesque Wonder

COLCLOUGH WALLED GARDEN The Colclough estate of Tintern was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Centaury up to the 1960s, Lucy Marie Colclough being the last member to live there.   This Cistercian Abbey was founded in c1203 by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke as the result of a vow he [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:06+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Activity, Gardens, Nature|0 Comments

Mount Usher Gardens; an autumn spectacular

MOUNT USHER GARDENS, AN AUTUMN SPECTACULAR There was a definite nip in the air signalling the arrival of autumn. Love this time of year, the landscape transforms from the lush greens into a new canvas of warm colour, then, a night of wind and rain and that canvas changes once again as the trees [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:06+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Activity, Gardens, Nature|0 Comments
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