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: 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: Jubilant

From Maumturk Mountains, Connemara.

A little bit of sun makes this proud foxglove look positively radiant.  Just a taste of the wild beauty of the Connemara region.  We had a beautiful hike in the Maumturks (though the rest of the group was more interested in hiking, and I was more interested in taking pictures of every flower…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant