Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

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Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only fjord, which technically is neither a sea nor a lake, but it still makes for a cool-looking waterscape.  The fjord was made by a glacier on its way to the Atlantic ocean.  Even with the clouds it was a lovely sight.  There was even a pair of swans floating around, and some decorative landscaping spelling “Fáilte” or “welcome.”

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

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

From Connemara, Ireland.

 

The view from the back of Ballynahinch Castle has a way of making you feel like everything is all right in the world.  Everything from the majestic Ballynahinch River to the smallest cluster of violas seems to fit perfectly.

Nature and culture in harmony, you see, Lizzy. Wildness and artifice, and all in the one perfect county. –Mr. Gardiner, Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Ok, so Mr. Gardiner was talking about Derbyshire, but I think the same idea applies here 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

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From Connemara.

We had the most excellent tour guide on our Vagabond tour of Ireland.  Traveling small in the Vagatron (seen above) let us do all kinds of spontaneous things.  For example, our guide simply pulled over on the side of the road in Connemara, and we all got out to look at a peat bog firsthand.  I can’t remember which mountains those are in the background; there are a lot of mountains in Connemara.  It’s a beautiful place to see up close.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

From Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara.

One of the best parts of our tour of Ireland was staying in some beautiful hotels, including Ballynahinch Castle in Co. Galway.  In addition to having great views and food and the most comfortable bed of the trip, it also had some cool architectural details, like this awesome staircase.  We got to lug our suitcases up and down this, and I didn’t mind at all.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

From Connemara, County Galway.

My mom and I sat in the back of the Vagabond minibus (lovingly referred to as the Vagatron) several times, which I didn’t mind at all because there were some cool views out the back.  There are lots of lakes and mountains in this area, and they looked wild and beautiful through the Irish rain and mist.

You can see the trailer with all our luggage behind us, and “Vagabond,” the name of the tour company, written backward in orange on the windows.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows