‘Tapestry of Light’ by Tina Claffey

The Living Bog has been delighted and honoured to have played a small role in the creation of one of the finest books about bogs ever produced. ‘Tapestry of Light’ by renowned BIRR nature photographer Tina Claffey is released this October, on Artisan House books, and it is a stunning book.

We met Tina early on in the Living Bog project. She is a nature photographer with an innate love for Ireland’s bogs, peatlands and wetlands, and she has photographed many of Ireland’s most important raised bogs, including some of the 12 project sites.

Her beautiful images reveal the commonplace as something new and exotic. For almost 10 years, she lived and worked in pristine wilderness areas in Botswana, and this experience awakened an appreciation of the natural world of her home country.

Tina’s observations and unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the unspoilt raised bogs and wet woodlands of the Irish midlands are celebrated in her book Tapestry of Light – Ireland’s bogs and wetlands as never seen before.

This hard back, 156 page, highly illustrated and beautifully designed book shows bogs in a new light, and it would be a great gift for anyone who appreciates not just bogs but Irish nature.  The book will ensure that the reader will never view the boglands in quite the same way again.

Birr nature photographer Tina Claffey presented the first copy of her new book ‘Tapestry of Light’, which was part-funded by ‘The Living Bog’ and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys at the ‘Living Bog’ launch. She is pictured with Ronan Casey of ‘The Living Bog’. Pic: James Flynn APX

The Living Bog have been delighted to have worked with Tina, and she was at the official launch of The Living Bog in Clara on Friday, September 15 whereupon she presented the Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD with one of the first copies of the book. Also in the photo below is Ronan Casey of The Living Bog.

A week later and Tina struck again, presenting no less a person than the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, with two special copies of the book at the National Ploughing Championships, held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. The President was delighted to meet Tina and her son Tristan again. The last time they met, they presented him with a beautiful framed photograph of a round-leaved sundew in Abbeyleix.

Tapestry of Light will be officially launched in Dublin on October 12 2017 by Dr Matthijs Schouten.  The title ‘Tapesty of Light’ is taken from the eponymous poem by John Sheahan, the renowned musician and composer with the famous folk group, The Dubliners, and that great man will also be at the launch. 

The book includes a foreword by Dr. John Feehan and is published by bespoke publishers Artisan House in Connemara.

You can order the book online HERE and it is also available in all good book stores. 

In the run up to the launch, for most of September and October, some photographs from Tina’s ELEMENTS exhibition are on display at the Clara Bog Nature Reserve Visitor Centre in Clara, Co Offaly. Be sure to drop in and take in the photos as well as the full Clara Bog and raised bog story at this excellent facility.

Clara Bog Visitor Centre

President Higgins with his ‘Sundew Goddess’ a photo by Tina Claffey which The Living Bog have been honoured to use on our promotional brochures, posters etc.

To keep up to date with Tina and to see her excellent photography daily, she has a TWITTER page HERE and a FACEBOOK page HERE

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