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.

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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.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

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From Skellig Michael.

The cliff edges on the island of Skellig Michael are impressive layers of rock.  But look a little more closely, and you’ll also see rows upon rows of nesting seabirds, stacked in death-defying layers on tiny rock ledges.  In this picture you can see some guillemots (darker) and fulmars (lighter, look like gulls).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

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From Skellig Michael.

 

I really liked this picture this week because I see three of the four “traditional” elements represented here.

  • Earth: the sea campion and the rocks of Skellig Michael in the foreground and Little Skellig in the distance
  • Water: the rough waters of the Atlantic, pushing up against the two islands
  • Air: the puffins (Fratercula arctica) that nest on Skellig Michael. You can also see gannets and kittiwakes as little dots flying about in the distance.

My husband saw the image of Little Skellig as a battle between Earth and Water, with the Earth pushing up through the Water, and the Water fighting back, battering the rocks.  There is definitely something primal about these islands, another connotation with the word “elemental.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental