Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

From County Kerry.

The view from Cahergal Ring Fort included a surprise preview of Ballycarbery Castle out by the water.  Amid the modern houses, the 16th century ruins still stand tall.  We visited the castle immediately after the ring fort; you can see some closer images of the ruins here, here, and here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

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From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Dún Aonghasa, or Dun Aengus, is a highly defensible prehistoric fort on a small Irish island.  You can see some of the fort’s walls to the upper right.  One side of the fort is a 100m cliff face, and the other sides are protected by several rings of walls.

The rocky ground of the island was very useful in mining for defenses for the fort, including the walls and also this kind of cheval de frise shown sticking up here.  One would imagine its inhabitants felt as secure as possible here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

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From Lough Annascaul, Dingle Peninsula.

This isn’t actually fog; it’s rain.  But it basically felt like walking in mist.  We were pretty wet by the time we finished this lovely steep hike.  That’s my mom way down there in the blue.  The rest of the group is way up behind us because they were more adventurous about climbing wet rocks 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

From various, Ireland.

They don’t call Ireland the Emerald Isle for nothing!  I had so many pictures to choose from this week, I tried to give a varied selection.  Every landscape has multiple shades of green from grasses and fields and shadows.  Even in the cities, green is everywhere!

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

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From Dublin, Ireland.

A trip to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is worth it for the view out of the top floor Gravity Bar.  (The pint was actually pretty good, too.)  You can see so much of the city, and there is some info about what all the sights are.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop