Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

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Old and New

One of the my favorite things about Rome was the constant juxtaposition of things modern and ancient…and plenty of things in between!  There is so much history in this city, but it is living history.  Imagine seeing these buildings on your commute every day!

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Borrowed and Blue

Like many European cities, Dublin has bikes widely available for rental.  I loved seeing the long rows of them, broken only when someone had borrowed one.  The ads on the bikes are for Coke Zero (is that as popular in Europe as here?), but the Dublin Bikes logo is in blue.

You can find more old, new, borrowed, and blue things at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

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From Dublin.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

From Dublin.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific

From Dublin.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

From Dublin.

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…