2022 IN PICTURES – DECEMBER (SO FAR ….)

December began with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Carrick Rangers.

That was then followed by a tip to Telegraph Building to see Blossoms in concert.

A spell of frost descended on Belfast, but now snow. I was all psyched up for snow photos, for nothing.

There was then a football free weekend for me, with Linfield in Scotland.

The following weekend, I headed to Ulster Hall to see Ash in concert, followed by Linfield’s home match against Dungannon Swifts.

As you will have noticed, there is still a week of the month left.

What I have planned is Bangor v Dunmurry Rec, Glentoran v Linfield, a walk up Cavehill and possibly Lisnabreeny Hill.

Here’s to more phototaking in 2023 and beyond.

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Blossoms live at Telegraph Building

Blossoms live at Telegraph Building Photo Album

Ash live at Ulster Hall

Ash live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

2022 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

September began with a trip to Ballymena to see Linfield get their season back on track with a 4-0 win at Ballymena.

Football then took a break for a bit, but I was back on the road, and visiting a new ground as Linfield travelled to Moyola Park in the League Cup.

More travelling followed, not as far, three days later as Linfield faced Crusaders at Seaview.

Having a football free Saturday, I got up early for a long overdue trip to Giant’s Ring to get some photos as the sun was coming up.

Two days later, was an unexpected Public Holiday, so I headed on the North Down Coastal Path, starting at Helen’s Bay for a change, making my way to Bangor West. I think.

On the following Saturday morning, I made a long overdue return to Belvoir Park Forest before heading to Windsor Park at teatime to see Northern Ireland face Kosovo.

My final adventure of the month was a first concert since June, to The Odyssey to see George Ezra.

Ballymena United v Linfield

Moyola Park v Linfield

Crusaders v Linfield

Giant’s Ring/Terrace Hill Gardens/Minnowburn

Giant’s Ring/Terrace Hill Gardens/Minnowburn Photo Album

North Down Coastal Path

North Down Coastal Path Photo Album

Belvoir Park Forest

Belvoir Park Forest Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Kosovo

Northern Ireland v Kosovo Photo Album

George Ezra live at The Odyssey

George Ezra live at The Odyssey Photo Album

2022 IN PICTURES – MAY

May began with a trip to North Street to take in the Hit The North Street Art Festival, getting photos of the pieces of artwork as they were created, and then the finished artwork.

The following weekend, I treated myself to a trip to Scotland, spending most my time in Edinburgh, getting photos of Street Art (of course) and walking up Arthur’s Seat and going for a stroll in Colinton.

It would have been rude not to go to a football match, Livingston v St Johnstone being my match of choice before a day trip to Glasgow saw me get more Street Art photos and visit Cathkin Park, an abandoned football stadium.

Towards the end of the month, it was all about Friday nights, first of all winning a ticket to see Ulster v Sharks.

Then, the last Friday of the month, I went to see Queen (well, half of Queen, but it was still so good) at The Odyssey.

Hit The North

Hit The North Photo Album

Hit The North Aftermath

Edinburgh Street Art

Edinburgh Street Art Photo Album

Livingston v St Johnstone

Livingston v St Johnstone Photo Album

Glasgow Street Art

Glasgow Street Art Photo Album

Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park Photo Album

Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat Photo Album

Colinton

Colinton Photo Album

Ulster v Sharks

Ulster v Sharks Photo Album

Queen + Adam Lambert live at The Odyssey

Queen + Adam Lambert live at The Odyssey Photo Album





2022 IN PICTURES – APRIL

April began with a football free Saturday, so I headed to Scrabo Country Park, got lucky with the weather and got lots of nice photos.

The rest of the month was all about football, the next two weekends saw me attend Linfield’s matches against Cliftonville and Glentoran.

With two Public Holidays for Easter, I decided to go for walks up Cregagh Glen and then up Cavehill.

That was then followed by Linfield’s matches against Crusaders, Larne and Coleraine.

Just hours after seeing Linfield winning the League against Coleraine, I headed to Custom House Square to see Echo and the Bunnymen, my first concert of 2022.

Scrabo Country Park

Scrabo Country Park Photo Album

Cliftonville v Linfield

Linfield v Glentoran

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill Photo Album

Cavehill

Cavehill Photo Album

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Larne

Linfield v Coleraine

Linfield v Coleraine Photo Album

Echo and the Bunnymen live at Custom Hosue Square

Echo and the Bunnymen live at Custom House Square Photo Album

2022 IN PICTURES – FEBRUARY

February was all about football, taking in four Linfield matches, two of which were against Larne.

The other two were against Glentoran and Portadown.

Larne v Linfield

Linfield v Larne

Glentoran v Linfield

Linfield v Portadown

2022 IN PICTURES – JANUARY

2022 began with a trip to Dungannon on New Year’s Day to see Linfield win 6-1 at Stangmore Park.

On the Bank Holiday Monday that followed, I could have had a lie-in, but I decided to head up Cavehill instead.

I then visited a new football stadium for the first time, very exciting, going to see Harland and Wolff Welders take on Annagh United at Blanchflower Park, which had opened a few months earlier, this was my first chance to visit this ground.

The rest of the month, was Linfield matches, against Larne, Ballymena United, Glenavon, Cliftonville and Coleraine.

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

Cavehill

Cavehill Photo Album

Harland and Wolff Welders v Annagh United

Harland and Wolff Welders v Annagh United Photo Album

Larne v Linfield

Linfield v Ballymena United

Linfield v Glenavon

Cliftonville v Linfield

Coleraine v Linfield

LISNABREENY HILL – NOVEMBER 2022

This was a proper lovely walk. So proper and lovely, I actually did it twice.

I’ve been a semi frequent visitor to Lisnabreeny Hill over the past two and a bit years, but I really wanted to go up at Sunrise.

I did have an attempt at Sunset in August. I got some nice shots but I messed up the timings so I was limited in what I could shoot.

In October, I tried again. The sky was bright, I was ready to go, then the sky changed to torrential rain. Think i’ll give it a miss.

So I had to wait until mid November for my next chance to get Sunrise photos.

The problem with getting Sunrise photos is, and it’s a big problem, that you have to get up early.

Even in Winter, when it is later.

There has actually been a decent run of Sunrises and Sunsets recently. No use for me though as I have been stuck in work.

This time, I made the effort and got up early. However, I would be held up getting there.

I got caught out by the weather, and my car was frozen so I had to Deice it, which wasted valuable Sunrise photo taking time.

Eventually I arrived at around 7.30am, bypassing Cregagh Glen to go straight to Lisnabreeny Hill, parking in Four Winds and walking along Manse Road to the starting point.

Unusually, I managed to get some photos on Manse Road as I was walking up, as I didn’t want to miss out the red sky.

By the time I got to the top, the sky was now golden. Perfect, just what I was looking for. Time to go snap snap snap.

There’s just something about that early morning Sunrise glow. It made for perfect shooting conditions. I had to make the most of it while I had it.

Eventually, I headed back down to the American War Cemetery to get some snaps of that. There was some frost on the ground as I was getting photos.

Between that and the deicing incident, a reminder that Winter is here.

And there was me thinking it was nice and mild.

Once that was done, I headed back up to the top of Lisnabreeny Hill just to have a second go of some Sunrise photos as it was still rising.

It was an enjoyable walk, although I did regret not getting up earlier. Just ten or fifteen minutes could have made such a difference.

As I said earlier, the problem with trying to photograph Sunrises are that they take place too early.

If I was being picky, I would have loved it if there was some cows or leaves that could have been used as props for my photos.

I definitely plan on being back up soon to try again, possibly at some point in December.

When I do, I might incorporate Cregagh Glen into it as I haven’t walked there for a while.

It was the start of a week off work for me. I had a lot of Annual Leave to use up, so the opening week of the World Cup sounded like a good week to use some of it up.

How coincidental you could say. The truth is, I would have had to take a week off in November. This wasn’t a bad week to be off.

I was off for a week last November and went to Brighton.

Nowhere spectacular this time around.

I was intending to use the mornings to take in some hillwalks closer to home.

With no 10am match on the Monday, I decided to head to Blackmountain, where I had only been once this year.

As I left the house, it was dull and dark. I could live with that. The photos wouldn’t be good but at least i’d be getting up Blackmountain.

Driving there, a little bit of drizzle. I can live with that. I could change my plans and go up Divis Mountain instead.

Nope, as I parked my car, torrential rain started to fall.

I had some errands to do, so I turned around and did them instead.

There’ll be other opportunities to come in December so i’ll try again then, weather permitting.

On the Tuesday morning, I headed to Minnowburn.

My intention was to try and get some Sunrise photos.

I think my bed was too comfy as I missed the best part of it. There was a glorious red sky as I was getting in the car.

As with visits there, I covered Minnowburn, Terrace Hill Gardens and Giant’s Ring, but in a different order, starting at Minnowburn.

That was because the Car Park at Giant’s Ring doesn’t open until 10am, so I had no choice but to park at Minnowburn.

It was a nice walk. I got some ok photos but nothing spectacular. Not as successful as the walk up Lisnabreeny. I’ll try again at some point in December or January.

You can see my photos from Minnowburn here.

My plan for Wednesday was to cycle to Whiteabbey but seeing the weather forecast for heavy rain, I decided against it, especially as I could hear the rain when I was lying in bed.

Of course, it was actually ok when I headed out on my bike, the worst of the weather seemingly over.

I decided to stay local, deciding to go for a cycle along Bog Meadows.

This was somewhere I enjoy visiting but I hadn’t been for a while.

No particular reason. It was just that I was busy doing other walking and cycling routes.

I’d actually forgotten how much I enjoy visiting Bog Meadows.

By this point, the sun had come out, it was a lovely bright morning. I really could have done with that two days earlier when I was planning to walk up Blackmountain.

With it being a weekday morning, I had the place to myself.

While cycling about, I had an idea.

At some point over the Winter months, i’m going to attempt to get Sunrise or Sunset photos here.

It’s a walk I can actually walk to, which is handy.

There are a lot of places where you can get some nice photos, some good composition and framing, and you can make the most of a good sun.

Be warned, if it has rained recently, there will be puddles everywhere so bring your wellies.

Finding out where to take the best photos will be trial and error, probably more error.

Hopefully, it works out as well as this photo adventure.

Photo Album

Lisnabreeny Hill – August 2022

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – April 2022

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – July 2021

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – April 2021

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill – July 2020

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON: MAY/JUNE

My football watching in 2021-2022 didn’t end with Linfield’s title win in April.

It continued on through into May and June, albeit in limited form

I went away to Edinburgh in early May for a weekend trip.

It would have been rude not to take in a football match while I was there, which is what I did, Livingston v St Johnstone.

While I was in Scotland, I also made a visit to Cathkin Park, an abandoned football stadium in Glasgow.

The season ended with two of Northern Ireland’s Nations League matches, against Greece and Cyprus, the less said about, the better.

Livingston v St Johnstone

Livingston v St Johnstone Photo Album

Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Greece

Northern Ireland v Greece Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Cyprus

Northern Ireland v Cyprus Photo Album

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : MARCH

March’s football watching began with a trip to see Linfield labour to a narrow win over Carrick Rangers.

The following weekend, that was followed by another laboured win, this time at home to Crusaders with a dramatic injury time winner.

That was followed by a more comfortable home win, against Dungannon Swifts.

Then is was a road trip on a beautiful sunny. The weather didn’t match the football, but Linfield did manage to scrape a late win away to Warrenpoint.

The month saw me make a return to watching Northern Ireland, in a new location in the Railway Stand, for the friendly against Hungary.

Carrick Rangers v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Warrenpoint Town v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Hungary

Northern Ireland v Hungary Photo Album

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : FEBRUARY

February’s football watching began at Inver Park to see Linfield crash out of the Irish Cup. The less said about that, the better.

Four days later, and it was to Windsor Park, to see Linfield have a much better result against Larne.

Although that was followed up three days later with a defeat at The Oval.

My last football match of the month was to see Linfield scrape a win at home to Portadown.

Larne v Linfield

Linfield v Larne

Glentoran v Linfield

Linfield v Portadown