Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

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From Skellig Michael.

“There has been an awakening…”

So said the first teaser for The Force Awakens.  Skellig Michael appeared in the last minutes of that movie as Ahch-To, the refuge of hermit Luke Skywalker.  The island will be forever associated with Star Wars to me.  Here are some of the “Jedi Steps” that Rey climbs, and some of the puffins that became “porgs” in The Last Jedi.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

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From Co. Cork.

 

One of the things about visiting tourist locations is that you often get tourists in your photos!  This is Blarney House, whose grounds also encompass Blarney Castle, where I did kiss the famous Blarney Stone (I could really use the gift of gab…).  Blarney Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland.  These ladies were taking a long time setting up a really nice shot so I didn’t have time to wait around to get a picture without them in it.  I bet their picture was really pretty though!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

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From Dingle.

Strangely, I took no pictures of sunrise or sunset on this Ireland trip, but between the long summer days and all the hiking, etc., I did not have much cause to be awake at either sunrise or sunset.

This, however, was an early morning sight upon rising in Dingle: a charming way to start the day.  Everything about Dingle is charming.  I enjoyed the view of the cows eating their breakfast as we were eating ours.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

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From Co Kerry.

Well, I’m not sure how to top last week’s photo of the Trinity College library as my favorite place I visited in Ireland.  So we’ll go with a picture of my future home!  Haha, right.

Muckross House is a manor in Killarney built in 1843 and donated to the Irish nation in 1932.  It became the basis for Ireland’s first national park.  The cycling tour we took of Killarney National Park was one of my favorite activities of the trip, and though we didn’t get to go inside the manor house, I thought it was beautiful.  I love Tudor-style houses.  I can just picture myself living here as if in a Victorian romance!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

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…