Foto Friday #92

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In the foreground of the photo above is what is commonly referred to as bogland. A bog is a wet area of soft, spongy ground consisting mainly of water and decaying plant matter called peat. Peat bogs are prevalent in Ireland along the mountain slops of the west coast and throughout the midland. They form in areas of heavy rainfall and near poorly draining lake basins created by glaciers during the most recent ice age.

For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Photo taken in Ireland to the North and East of the Cliffs of Moher

Foto Friday #2

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This photo reminds me of one of my favorite books: The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway. The book describes an old man who is forced to fish in isolation because of his bad luck. Here are a couple of quotes:

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish…”

“It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast.”

Photo taken in Ireland along the Ring of Kerry road

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

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While touring Ireland a year ago, we had ample opportunity to sample a variety of liquid refreshment! Local pubs are the heart and soul of the Emerald Isle. Our favorite “pub” experience was at a corner bar in Galway; not so much for the beer, but for the sweetest little old man we encountered there. He was in town that day for a doctor’s appointment and had stopped by his favorite pub for a pint of Guinness before heading home. He clearly enjoyed telling us all about himself and even circled a spot on our map to show us where he was from. You can get a drink anywhere, but the people you share one with make the memories special!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

The original definition of pedestrian is dull, commonplace, not interesting. While this horse may have the rather pedestrian task of pulling a jaunting car full of tourists through the Killarney National Park in County Kerry Ireland, there is nothing pedestrian about the scenery! He has a glorious view as he plods along the park trail.

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The second definition of pedestrian is a person who is walking, especially in a town or city, rather than traveling in a vehicle. In Berlin, pedestrian tourists often visit Checkpoint Charlie, once a crossing point between East and West Berlin. The original structure is now located in a museum and a replica is in its place. Tourists stand in line to have their picture taken with actors dressed as military policemen in front of the guard house.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

William Morris once said – “Large or small, [the garden] should be orderly and rich.”

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Not far from Galway, Ireland at Kylemore Estates is a 6-acre formal Victorian walled garden where orderly beds of flowers and vegetables are arranged against the backdrop of the Connemara Mountains. It is filled with plants introduced to the Irish bog environment prior to 1901. The garden was the winner of the Europa Nostra Award in 2001.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

These photos were taken the first week of May, too early for a full display of summer color. Just imagine it now!