Grateful for April

30th April 2015
I've said before that April and September are magic months in Ireland; not too hot, days not exhaustingly long (being up for all of the light in a June day is a struggle!) and not manically busy in the tourist towns. April 2015 was one of the special ones.

Today I've had the time to go through all the media I shot this past month. I sort my photo and video files by date, so each day I make photographs gets its own folder with the date and event as the title. I was backing up my images today and came to a lovely realisation. Here's how the folder for this past April looks:

02-08th: North Wales - a climbing trip with only two rest days (which we took because of rain more than anything else).

09th: Bouldering, Black Valley - a sunny day climbing some quality new boulder problems with friends in the Black Valley.

12th: Connemara - an unexpectedly gorgeous spring day spent in Connemara with my girlfriend (also gorgeous).

15th: Bunmahon to Kilfarassy - a sea kayaking trip along Waterford's Copper Coast, something I had wanted to do for awhile. It was very pleasant.

16th: Inch, Mount Brandon - a sunny spring day in west Kerry.

17th: Great Blasket - seals, seabirds, whales, sharks, hares, sunshine, spring flowers, good company.

18th: Gap of Dunloe, Glenflesk - rock climbing with a friend and an introduction to one of the most magical, photographable places I've been to. More sunshine.

19th: Glenflesk, Loo Bridge - back to that secret spot for sunrise and a nice woodland later. Also went surfing with friends this day. Even more sunshine.

20th: (Not-So-Top-Secret Location) - climbed an amazing new 120m route on a remote cliff in Kerry with a good friend and enjoyed incredible hospitality from the two local farmers afterwards. Weather superb.

21st: Great Blasket - took a trip back to the Great Blasket with Jasmine to camp overnight. Lonely, remote and incredibly beautiful. Heaps of wildlife.

22nd: Great Blasket, Blaskets Tour, Wine Strand - A lovely morning, a great boat tour around the islands afterwards with lots and lots of wildlife, and more camping.

26th: Courtmacsherry - a pleasant stroll in sunny west Cork with the hedges getting green and wildflowers out.

And there were days I had a great time but didn't make any photographs... Most of the above images are certainly not my favourites from the past month but I'm holding a few back to be fresh for various projects.

Backing up files is usually a very boring job but this time it really showed me how much I'd gotten to experience. Though I already knew I'd had an amazing April, seeing that run of 8 days in a row of life-affirmingly amazing adventures in the middle of the month really hammered home how lucky I am. Thanks to everybody who helped make it!

I often worry if I'm wasting my time trying to make a living from photography and video. It's not a certain road and I'm almost constantly aware of never having much in the bank and no steady income. Sometimes the insecurity seems so stupid! But I've never been one who's been happy to work a job just to get enough money to live. If I'm going to spend the majority of my life doing something to keep food and shelter coming my way then I want to it to be something that I care about.

My biggest fear is not making the most of the short time I have on Planet Earth. This past April I can't say I didn't get up and get out and get enough from life. I feel like the luckiest man on earth. If nothing else, pursuing the dream as a paid photographer allows me to get out and experience an amazing lifestyle and as long as that makes me happy I'll keep at it.

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