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: 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

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

From various, Ireland.

They don’t call Ireland the Emerald Isle for nothing!  I had so many pictures to choose from this week, I tried to give a varied selection.  Every landscape has multiple shades of green from grasses and fields and shadows.  Even in the cities, green is everywhere!

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

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From Skellig Michael.

Of all the things and places I saw in Ireland, Skellig Michael was my most important quest.

You can read more about it this post I wrote last year, but basically I overcame some massive anxiety about a long, rough boat ride to get out to this remote island, which is a very important place to me because of its religious history, the biodiversity of its birds, and (last but not least) because it was the filming site for the end scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There were a lot of stairs to climb!  I failed in my quest to make it to the top, but I was just happy that I made it there.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest