Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature

One of the best parts about our Vagabond trip to Ireland was getting to see a lot of the country in its natural state.

The famous cliffs of Moher, a natural wonder that forms a “signature point” of the Wild Atlantic Way tourism route.

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Killarney National Park was the first national park in Ireland, created in 1932.  It hosts a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including the island’s last wild herd of red deer.

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We saw many places off the beaten path, including Skellig Michael, a nesting site for puffins and other sea birds.  These birds have very little fear of people and will get quite close to you.  Between the sea, the rocks, the wind, and the birds, on Skellig Michael you really feel close to nature in all its wild glory.  It’s no wonder the ascetic Irish monks were attracted to this place.

You can find more nature at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #32 – Shadows

Spain has many beautiful beaches, and we had a great time walking on the beach at Santander on the northern coast.  This is one of my friends; there were a group of eight of us that traveled frequently together during our semester in Spain.

You can find more shadows at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #31: Landscapes

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Some of my favorite landscapes were in Tuscany.  All the rolling hills and charming houses and farms, the neat rows of cypress and olive trees…it’s just iconic and beautiful and I could not take enough pictures.

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My husband took this picture!

You can find more landscapes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #29: Cityscapes

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The Torre Glòries (formerly Torre Agbar) in Barcelona, Spain is an office building in the Poblenou neighborhood where we stayed.  It looks even cooler at night thanks to exterior LEDs.

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We came into Venice, Italy on a cruise ship, which gave us amazing views down into the city of all the beautiful buildings and canals.

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Bellver Castle sits on its hilltop above the city of Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  The circular castle was built in the 14th century and is easily seen from the city’s bay.

You can find more cityscapes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.