Postcard from Ireland: Bee on the Aran Islands
May12

Postcard from Ireland: Bee on the Aran Islands

This bitty bee photo-bombed my picture of the Aran Islands, and has been my pride and joy ever since! This was the most clear, beautiful day I could ever have hoped for. We felt so lucky to have a day like that in the middle of September (and so grateful for our timing, because the next day it was raining sideways). My husband and I walked up and down the Cliffs of Moher, loving the sun and the sea and the cattle not more than 20 feet...

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Postcard from Ireland: Dingle, Co Kerry
May11

Postcard from Ireland: Dingle, Co Kerry

I think the picture that most says “Ireland” to me is this one, taken in my favorite part of Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula. Forty shades of green, the distant sight of the blue Atlantic ocean, and black-and-white cows. Mountains, whitewashed houses, and rolling fields bordered by stone walls and hedgerows. Bright sunlight on everything, but the grey clouds hint of the rain we’ll soon get – and will soon pass. That’s the Dingle...

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Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort
May10

Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort

In County Kerry just off the N70 between Caherdaniel and Waterville, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, stands the Loher Stone Fort. Had we not had a local friend for a guide we would never have known it even exists. It can be a bit tricky to locate but if you know what you are looking for it is worth the hunt! We found it much more interesting than Staigue Fort, besides being easier to get to, and free! As you can see, the day was...

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Postcard from Ireland: The Wishing Tree – Killary Harbour, County Galway
May09

Postcard from Ireland: The Wishing Tree – Killary Harbour, County Galway

This is a Wishing Tree in Killary Harbour in Galway’s Connemara that I stumbled across while touring the region. I just love the symbolism of these trees where people for centuries have been tying pieces of ribbons or some other small personal items as an offering to the local saint or goddess in the hope that their dreams and wishes, blessings or solace would be fulfilled. It is so moving to see the flashes of vibrant ribbons and...

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Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
May08

Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

I snapped this photo just before I took my first step on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland. I’m not a fan of heights, but it was a long walk from the visitor’s parking lot to the bridge, so I felt compelled to make the crossing. The return trip was actually scarier than the initial crossing because the bridge seemed to bounce more and the rocks below looked more jagged. Fortunately, the weather was great...

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Postcard from Ireland: River Inagh in the town of Ennistymon
May06

Postcard from Ireland: River Inagh in the town of Ennistymon

I took this photo while standing below the Cascades from the River Inagh in the town of Ennistymon, in County Clare. A forceful waterway, it was a great resource for the mills which were very busy many years ago. As I traveled the pathway to this view, which is captured by the camera lens, I felt as if I was walking the same pathway that my great-grandfather walked too because this was the town where raised his family until leaving...

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