Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

From Dublin.

The impressive architecture of the Trinity College Library in Dublin is perfect for long perspective shots.  The columns, rows of books, and curved ceiling  of the “nave” create some fascinating intersection points.  This is called the Long Room for obvious reasons.  It houses the medieval Brian Boru Harp in addition to many, many old, rare books.

The Long Room is part of the Old Library, which also houses the famous illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, the Book of Kells.

It also may look familiar to Star Wars fans as it bears a striking similarity to the Jedi Archives as shown in Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

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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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow

From Trinity College, Dublin.

Libraries always seem like magical places to me.  The library at Trinity College (which also houses the Book of Kells) certainly has a magical gallery.  The sun shining through the window of this alcove gives the stacks of books a warmth that echoes my own feelings of contentment at being in such a place.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

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From Trinity College, Dublin.

Our tour guide told us about a superstition regarding the Trinity College bell tower, or campanile: it’s said that any student who passes beneath it while the bell tolls will fail his or her exams.  We all confirmed that this was not a concern for us before traversing the walkway.

There were some students graduating on the day we were there, so perhaps some of them also braved the path for the first time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

From Trinity College, Dublin.

Anyone who has been to the famous Trinity College Library can tell you that the letters labeling the stacks are kind of misleading.  The books are actually organized by size. The top shelves are smaller than the bottom ones (that’s not an optical illusion), and the books are stacked accordingly.

The Jedi Archives as seen in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones were based on this Long Room.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet