Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Seven Churches (Na Seacht Teampaill) is a beautiful historic site with many stories.  (For one thing, it only had two churches, so there must be a story behind the name.)  The churchyard has many graves, some old and some newer, all with their own stories.  These are the oldest graves, in one corner of the cemetery.  The story goes that these were Romans who came to this site on a pilgrimage.  As with most such stories, there is probably at least a little truth in that!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

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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!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

We met this guy as we were walking up to Dun Aengus fort.  You never know when you’ll meet cows or sheep in the Irish countryside, as there are so many and they just tend to roam all over, and lines between private vs. public lands are often blurry (especially to the animals).

The ground in the Aran Islands is very rocky, so to make fields for grazing and farming, much of the rock has been pulled up and put into lovely little stone fences everywhere, miles and miles of them.  You can see several in the foreground and background of the picture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

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From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Up on Dun Aengus, 100m up on a rocky cliff, life still finds a way.  These tiny pretty flowers manage to thrive among the miles of rocks, the sea air, and all the tourists’ feet.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

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From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

We generally think of walls as beings of structure and order, but this image shows their hidden chaos.  The stone walls of the Aran Islands are famous for their unique structure and ubiquity; there is so much stone in the ground, the inhabitants had to pile it up somewhere to clear fields.  There are miles and miles of stone walls on the islands, all hand-made without mortar.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos