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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

From County Clare, Ireland.

I didn’t quite understand what this warning sign meant when I first saw it.  Don’t set fire to the birds, maybe?  That seems unlikely.

No, I’m pretty sure it means to not walk on the grass or disturb the wildlife.  This sign is found at the Cliffs of Moher, so I’m sure that’s for the safety of the visitors as well as the wildlife.  But that interpretation is way less fun.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

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From County Clare, Ireland.

I didn’t have any great photos for this theme, so I went with one that made me laugh.  The area around the Cliffs of Moher had a lot of good signage, and I found this one particularly entertaining, if not particularly graceful.  But it gets the point across!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

From County Clare, Ireland.

Distance plays tricks in this photo, looking down over the Cliffs of Moher.  Those boulders on the shore way, way down there seem like tiny pebbles next to the grass.  I also love the way the trio of colors/textures contrasts with each other.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract