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 #53

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Brown is not drab – it is the color of Mother Earth itself! It is rich, fertile soil and plowed land. It is rocks and sand and the bark on trees. It is also glacier-stripped mountains and volcanic remains, like here in the Highlands of Scotland. There is a sturdy, rugged appeal to brown.

For Color Your World Photo Challenge: Brown

Photo taken near Glen Coe, Scotland

Foto Friday #46

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Lovely Lugano, Switzerland is perfectly positioned on the edge of a crystal-clear alpine lake with the Swiss Alps in its backyard. Beautiful photos in this picturesque town are easy to come by. One of my favorites, however, is not of the lake or the mountains, but of the orchids on display at an outdoor flower market in the center of town. They simply couldn’t be more exquisite!