A lovely hike in the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara, Ireland. You can see the rest of the group up ahead on the path…I was more interested in taking pictures of the views than in hiking alllllllll the way up there. Sometimes a road can be too long and winding!
But who cares how long the road is if it has a view like this one? This one was in Ireland’s Beara Peninsula. We weren’t traveling it so much as taking advantage of a nearby hillside for a picnic lunch. It was tempting, though!
Of course, what good is a road without someone to travel it with?
You can find more long and winding roads at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
My trip to Ireland with my mom allowed me to appreciate many pastimes: hiking, biking, gardening, and drinking.
But seriously, there is nothing I would rather spend time on than reading. And for bibliophiles, there is no better place than a library; the one at Trinity College in Dublin is the most spectacular I’ve ever seen.
You can find more pastimes at the original Lens-Artist challenge, this week brought to us by guest host Sue (Mac’s Girl).
As a scrapbooker, cropping my photos comes naturally to me. “Cropping” is actually a frequently used slang term for the act of scrapbooking, as in “I spent my Saturday at a crop,” meaning a get-together for scrapbooking (not possible right now ☹).
I edit nearly all my photos, either simply with Google Photos or with Forever Historian, a photo editing software intended for scrapbookers. When you have limited space in a scrapbook, cropping helps you focus on essentials for the sake of aesthetics, as well as fit more photos on a page.
On our trip to Europe, we took a lot of bus tours, which don’t give you a lot of time to frame the perfect shot. Luckily, that’s where cropping comes in!
Typical bus photo.
A perfectly decent photo of the Vatican.
This one goes from a typical “yeah, I took this out a bus window” photo to a perfectly decent shot St. Peter’s Basilica. I personally think square photos are underrated and use them a lot.
On Skellig Michael in Ireland, sometime the cliffs made it impossible to get exactly the shot I would have liked, and I had an older camera with me because I didn’t want to chance my phone getting wet on the boat ride. I have cropped nearly every picture I took there.
The original vertical.
Cropped to horizontal.
This one even went from vertical to horizontal. I was able to get rid of some unnecessary rocks and waves and zoom in on the adorable puffins. It may also have been a better fit for the layout of my scrapbooking page. I probably could have cropped even further to focus on just one or two puffins, but I had to consider the resolution of the photo, too.
You can find more cropping at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
When it rains on vacation, sometimes you just have to make the best of it. A little rain in Croatia didn’t stop us from donning ponchos and seeing some of the countryside around Dubrovnik.
And when traveling to Ireland, some rain is just a given. We got a bit wet on a misty walk near Lough Annascaul; it was a “soft day” as they would call it.
The sheep didn’t seem to mind it. And it was worth it for the views. Though seeing a waterfall in the rain strikes me as a bit funny!
You can find more wetness at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
I am not a morning person. I like to take it slow when I wake up and ease my way into the day. Note that my current situation of having a toddler does not allow for this.
My ideal morning view: breakfast with the cows in Ireland.
I am also not a breakfast person. I dutifully tried the full Irish breakfast in Dublin, but once was quite enough. It was not something I could do every day.
Full Irish breakfast
On the other hand, the glorious tea service available at every meal was something I could definitely get used to! I don’t drink much coffee, but I do love my tea, and having my own pot with milk and sugar right there was amazing. I got quite spoiled in Ireland. At home, I tend to prefer vanilla chai.
I will refrain from posting pictures of every wonderful breakfast I had in Ireland (I swear I don’t usually take pictures of my food), but this one was much more my style. And the view was perfect, too.
The little packet is Nutella. Mmmmmmm.
You can find more mornings at the original Lens-Artist challenge.