You think you know Killarney National Park.. think again!!

Norman McCloskey, a photographer from Kenmare in County Kerry, has spent three years working tirelessly photographing Killarney National Park. In doing so, Norman has managed to capture the area in a way no other National Park in Ireland has been photographed before. His project is now captured in a new photography book, Parklight

The abundance of stunning scenery and ever-changing light throughout the seasons provided a huge amount of material for this collection of images, showing the park at it’s very best.

The details reveal the extent of the work Norman put into this project, over 220 separate shoots resulting in thousands of images which have carefully been edited down for the final 168 page collection.

Parklight is available to buy for €30 hardback from bookstores nationwide.

You can also order it from Norman’s website.

Walking And Hiking Ireland visitors can avail of a 10% discount by quoting walkingire when ordering online.

We caught up with Norman who explained the idea behind the book:

“The idea came to me while I was exploring a new part of the park, a place I thought I knew well enough. How wrong was I, and how glad I was to be that wrong. There was a multitude of tracks and trails, rivers, hidden valleys, woods and peaks that were all to be explored. Enough for a book and so the idea was born which proved too irresistible to ignore”

Norman has kindly shared some of the images from the book with us.

Sunrise from Looscaunagh Hill

Sunrise from Looscaunagh Hill. The ridge in the foreground is the most popular and easiest place to photograph the sunrise through this valley in the summer but I wanted something a little different, a bit higher and with more of the lakes featured. Directly behind is Looscaunagh Hill with a forest plantation but no obvious tracks or trails up there and no clear vantage point. A recce the day before proved successful and a I found a way through the dense woods to this fantastic vantage point. The hike was done in the dark to be there on time which was a little hairy through the bog, and then slightly unnerving through the pitch black woods, but worth it !

After driving over to Killarney early I though the morning was going to disappoint as clouds obscured any kind of a sunrise.  As I drove into The Demense adjacent to the town however, I looked the other way and the clouds had parted enough to reveal this beautiful scene.

After driving over to Killarney early I though the morning was going to disappoint as clouds obscured any kind of a sunrise. As I drove into The Demense adjacent to the town however, I looked the other way and the clouds had parted enough to reveal this beautiful scene.

The previous hour was so spectacular it was almost too much and although I have many great shots it was worth waiting until it was almost dark to get this ‘ quieter’ image I was after.

The previous hour was so spectacular it was almost too much and although I have many great shots it was worth waiting until it was almost dark to get this ‘ quieter’ image I was after.

Probably my favourite image from the thousands made during this project. I doubt I will ever see this scene repeated again and was very fortunate to be out on the lake, so early on a such a perfect morning. I wrote a small piece on this morning in the book ' Eagle's Nest in the mist ' , an experience I'll never forget !

Devil’s Island – Lough Léin
Probably my favourite image from the thousands made during this project. I doubt I will ever see this scene repeated again and was very fortunate to be out on the lake, so early on a such a perfect morning.
I wrote a small piece on this morning in the book ‘ Eagle’s Nest in the mist ‘ , an experience I’ll never forget !

A rare enough site of Ladies View with a full snow cover

A rare enough site of Ladies View with a full snow cover

Always worth going on to the next summit !.. Although Torc is a much walked mountain, few venture over to it’s lower western peak, where the view over the views over the Long Range are spectacular !

Always worth going on to the next summit !.. Although Torc is a much walked mountain, few venture over to it’s lower western peak, where the view over the views over the Long Range are spectacular !

The wonderful Eagles Nest at 5am in July, when the sunrise hits the rock face directly turning it to a glowing red.

The wonderful Eagles Nest at 5am in July, when the sunrise hits the rock face directly turning it to a glowing red.

Colleen Bawn Rock on a beautifully still winters morning.

Colleen Bawn Rock on a beautifully still winters morning.

Eagles Nest in the Mist, shot from the water which gives a very different perspective on this magical morning.

Eagles Nest in the Mist, shot from the water which gives a very different perspective on this magical morning.

Esknamucky Glen, a wonderful interlude from the wild open trail where the remnants of some oak woods remain.

Esknamucky Glen, a wonderful interlude from the wild open trail where the remnants of some oak woods remain.

Walking the Old Kenmare Road in the evening during September and October is a fantastic time to experience the Red Deer Rut.

Walking the Old Kenmare Road in the evening during September and October is a fantastic time to experience the Red Deer Rut.

The Old Kenmare Road at dawn is an incredible experience and my favourite time and location to work at.

The Old Kenmare Road at dawn is an incredible experience and my favourite time and location to work at.

 

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