Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

 

When I’m taking pictures, the thing most likely to catch my eye is a pretty flower!  Ireland has the most gorgeous flower boxes and baskets everywhere, outside homes and businesses, or just on the street.  This particular one I found outside a restaurant on Inishmore when we came down from Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) for lunch.  I loved the bright colors against the white wall.  I also loved the multiple shades of lobelia hanging down– it’s one of my favorite flowers, which I even had at my wedding years ago.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

We met this guy as we were walking up to Dun Aengus fort.  You never know when you’ll meet cows or sheep in the Irish countryside, as there are so many and they just tend to roam all over, and lines between private vs. public lands are often blurry (especially to the animals).

The ground in the Aran Islands is very rocky, so to make fields for grazing and farming, much of the rock has been pulled up and put into lovely little stone fences everywhere, miles and miles of them.  You can see several in the foreground and background of the picture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

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From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

We generally think of walls as beings of structure and order, but this image shows their hidden chaos.  The stone walls of the Aran Islands are famous for their unique structure and ubiquity; there is so much stone in the ground, the inhabitants had to pile it up somewhere to clear fields.  There are miles and miles of stone walls on the islands, all hand-made without mortar.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

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From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

This tiny café was crammed with tourists who all found a cheery welcome as well as hearty food and delicious cake.  It was recommended to us by our local minibus guide, and definitely showcases the charm of the Aran Islands.  I loved the traditional thatched roof and the beautiful flower arrangements.  I have never seen so many gorgeous window boxes as in Ireland!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

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From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Dún Aonghasa, or Dun Aengus, is a prehistoric fort built on the edge of a 100m high cliff.  It would have been quite defensible!

I had some better pictures of the cliff edge, but I like this one because of the other random tourist trying to safely get his shot over the edge.  It was a pretty dizzying view.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge