Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

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Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only fjord, which technically is neither a sea nor a lake, but it still makes for a cool-looking waterscape.  The fjord was made by a glacier on its way to the Atlantic ocean.  Even with the clouds it was a lovely sight.  There was even a pair of swans floating around, and some decorative landscaping spelling “Fáilte” or “welcome.”

You can find more seascapes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #55 – Dreamy

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Ireland has many dreamy locations, particularly on the beautiful western coast.  The day we went to Lough Annascaul in the Dingle Peninsula, the misty weather gave it a dream-like quality.

You can find more dreamy scenes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.  You can also check out some dreamy sea lions from the Galápagos from when the Weekly Photo Challenge had the same theme.

Lens-Artists Challenge #48 – WILD

I can’t think of a place that better encapsulates the idea of “wild” than Skellig Michael, off the coast of Ireland.  It was once inhabited by ascetic monks and is now home to colonies of seabirds, like these puffins that have little fear of people.

You can find more wild things at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #41: Delicious

We’re back to Europe this week, specifically Ireland and the glorious food we ate there.  I love taking pictures of my food but I don’t usually post them anywhere because nobody cares.  We had so many good meals in Ireland, though.  In Dublin we had Spanish and Indian food in addition to pub fare, plus a lovely tea at Gallaher’s.  In Gougane Barra we had one of our fancier meals that was delicious as well as aesthetically pleasing.

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You can find more deliciousness at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature

One of the best parts about our Vagabond trip to Ireland was getting to see a lot of the country in its natural state.

The famous cliffs of Moher, a natural wonder that forms a “signature point” of the Wild Atlantic Way tourism route.

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Killarney National Park was the first national park in Ireland, created in 1932.  It hosts a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including the island’s last wild herd of red deer.

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We saw many places off the beaten path, including Skellig Michael, a nesting site for puffins and other sea birds.  These birds have very little fear of people and will get quite close to you.  Between the sea, the rocks, the wind, and the birds, on Skellig Michael you really feel close to nature in all its wild glory.  It’s no wonder the ascetic Irish monks were attracted to this place.

You can find more nature at the original Lens-Artist challenge.