Friday 30 September 2016

Garden County: 13 photos to make you wonder at Wicklow all over again

The Wicklow Way

Published 22/09/2015 | 07:34

Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Ireland at 121m (398ft.). It sits at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in a park containing beech, oak, larch and pine trees, some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Ireland at 121m (398ft.). It sits at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in a park containing beech, oak, larch and pine trees, some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Wicklow Uplands. The entire upland area is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and as a Special Protection Area under European Union law. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Wicklow Head is 84 metres (275 feet) high and lies 3km south east of the town of Wicklow. The photo was taken at dawn. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Wicklow Head Lighthouse. This tower was established on Wicklow Head in 1818. It was struck by lightning in 1836 and a fire gutted the interior. It was reroofed with a brick dome in 1866 and still considered of great importance as a landmark by day. Today the tower is being used as a holiday home. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Avoca (Irish: Abhóca, formerly Abhainn Mhór, meaning "the great river") is a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is situated on the River Avoca. The famous Avoca Handweavers mill based in the village. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Cloughlea Woods, Co. Wicklow. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Glendalough ( Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning "glen of two lakes") is a glacial valley in Wicklow. It is renowned for its early medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Vartry Reservoir (Irish: Taiscumar Fheartraí) is a reservoir at Roundwood. The water is piped from Vartry to a large open service reservoir in Stillorgan in the southern suburbs of Dublin. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Brittas Bay (Irish: Cuan an Bhriotáis) is a 4km stretch of beach on the Irish Sea coast. In a bid to fight environmental damage and erosion, locals replant marram grass and other indigenous plants in the dune areas. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Red sky over Wicklow National Park. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Wicklow National Park. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com
Wicklow Lighthouse at dawn. On 31st March 1994 the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation and the keepers were withdrawn from the station. Photo: Trish Punch/trishpunch.com

Photographer Trish Punch had just two days in Wicklow, but she made them count, as the images in our gallery (above) attest.

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Based in Co. Cork, the award-winning travel and landscape photographer visited the Garden County last autumn, snapping hundreds of images in 48 hours.

"From the coast to the mountains and woodland, Wicklow ticks all the boxes for a photographer," she says.

"The landscape is unique and there is a magical sense of ancient Ireland hanging in the air. For me though, Wicklow is all about nature and the changing of the seasons. The colour and light of the scenery is unlike anywhere else."

Our gallery (above) shows just a small selection of the results.

Punch first picked up a digital SLR camera in 2006, going on to learn the techniques and develop her style while travelling around Australia and Asia. But Ireland has inspired some of her best work.

“I use traditional methods rather than relying on modern software to give the same effect," she says. "This passion takes me to every corner of the countryside, chasing the light to create vivid images.”

Her work has appeared in publications around the world, as well as commercial clients including National Geographic, Lonely Planet, the BBC and Tourism Ireland.

As for Wicklow, she looks forward to returning "very soon".

For more of Trish's images, visit trishpunch.com, or find her on Facebook at facebook.com/TrishPunch.

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