Even the little details in Dublin feel distinctly Irish: the lampposts have little shamrocks embedded in the swirls. The shamrock has been a national symbol of Ireland for centuries; it comes from the legend of St. Patrick using the plant with three leaves to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity (three persons, one God).
I particularly like this image of the lamppost because its curves contrast well with all the straight lines in the Georgian building behind it.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted
The impressive architecture of the Trinity College Library in Dublin is perfect for long perspective shots. The columns, rows of books, and curved ceiling of the “nave” create some fascinating intersection points. This is called the Long Room for obvious reasons. It houses the medieval Brian Boru Harp in addition to many, many old, rare books.
The Long Room is part of the Old Library, which also houses the famous illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, the Book of Kells.
It also may look familiar to Star Wars fans as it bears a striking similarity to the Jedi Archives as shown in Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines
There are plenty of lovely Georgian buildings around St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin, but this one is particularly interesting as it is covered in some very prolific ivy.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific
I always feel at home in a library. Nothing so comforting as rows upon rows of books, and the library at Trinity College is particularly beautiful. Reading is my favorite pastime.
I’d also like to be in Ireland right now, which is a beautiful country with wonderful people. Plus it’s at least 10 degrees warmer than Ohio right now! I hope I’ll make it back there someday.
Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…
I don’t drink much beer, and I definitely don’t drink much Guinness, but stopping by the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin was still pretty fun. The highlight for me was the Gravity Bar on the top floor, where you can have a pint and enjoy great views of the city. But the view from down below is also interesting…it reminds me of a flying saucer!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of This World