Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

From Beara Peninsula.

Our guide knew of a stone circle on some property up on a hill.  However, upon our arrival we discovered that a herd of cows was there before us, already appreciating the site.  There was a bull in with them, so we approached slowly and waited for them to clear off before heading into the field.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

From Cahersiveen, County Kerry.

Structure can be either natural or man-made.  I love this contrast between the old castle wall at Ballycarbery and the rambling vine work that is overtaking it.  Two very different kinds of structure coming together in a beautiful way.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

From Dublin.

This is a very busy intersection in Dublin, right across from Trinity College, where Westmoreland St. curves around the Bank of Ireland (the impressive building on the right) to become College Green (which has a lot of shopping and cafes, etc.)  It was a beautiful view from the sightseeing bus, but my husband was tickled that I chose a photo of a street corner that has no hard angles–no real corner!

I wonder if this area is still under construction; it was a bit of a mess traveling around here when we were there two years ago.  But in spite of that you can still see it is a vibrant, beautiful area of the city.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

 

When I’m taking pictures, the thing most likely to catch my eye is a pretty flower!  Ireland has the most gorgeous flower boxes and baskets everywhere, outside homes and businesses, or just on the street.  This particular one I found outside a restaurant on Inishmore when we came down from Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) for lunch.  I loved the bright colors against the white wall.  I also loved the multiple shades of lobelia hanging down– it’s one of my favorite flowers, which I even had at my wedding years ago.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

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