Photography in Paradise

peeking from behind the sensor

Just returned from a two week trip to Ireland known as the Emerald Isle. Drove around the perimeter of the island, 1700 miles, on windy roads 1.5 cars wide bordered by rock walls covers with growth. The first 10 days were sunny. An unusual circumstance for Ireland. When the rain did come it showered for 5 minutes and then the sun broke out. Really enjoyed meeting the people there who are very polite and willing to talk all the time.

The intense green vegetation covers everything and is freckled with sheep and divided into plots with rock walls. It was strange to see all the mountain top with no trees.

The first inhabitants arrived in Ireland after 8000BC. Over the centuries it has been under siege from Europe and Norman invasions. The north in under the rule of England and the Irish Republic control the largest southern part. The two capitals are Dublin and Belfast. The north uses the pound sterling currency and the south uses Euros.

The Republic of Ireland has shown a strong commitment to renewable energy, ranking as one of the top 10 markets for clean tech investment in the 2014 Global Green Economy Index. Guinness is the main brew but it seemed every town ship had it’s own brew. I really liked the Kilkenny brew. They are generous with the food and drink in the pubs. Bed & breakfast homes are everywhere and are clean and tidy. There are castles and abbeys everywhere and ruins of old rock building thought out the countryside.

I found it a great place to visit had hope to return to see it more in depth.

Republic of Ireland flag

Republic of Ireland flag

Castle

Castle

Road hogs

Road hogs

Tyoical road

Tyoical road

Old castle

Old castle

Typical weather

Typical weather

Straw roofs

Straw roofs

Soon to be a coat

Soon to be a coat

Water everywhere.

Water everywhere.

defensive site

defensive site

Calm day

Calm day

castle stairecase

castle stairecase

Atlantic action

Atlantic action

Mountain refelcted in water

Mountain refelcted in water

Dolomite stones

Dolomite stones

Univ. Edinburgh

Univ. Edinburgh

Guiness

Guiness

Guiness

Guiness

The Brurren

The Brurren

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Belfast revolutionary art

Belfast revolutionary art

Belfast revolutionary art

Belfast revolutionary art

peace wall Belfast

peace wall Belfast

Peace wall

Peace wall

Trout river

Trout river

Baillyhinch castle hotel

Baillyhinch castle hotel

Countryside

Countryside

head stome

head stome

15th century abby

15th century abby

Temple wall

Temple wall

6000 year old temple

6000 year old temple

Bru na Boinne temple

Bru na Boinne temple

Coast line

Coast line

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle

Another red window

Another red window

Giant;s Causway

Giant;s Causway

Old bog

Old bog

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Abandon castle

Abandon castle

Church

Church

Castle

Castle

B&B Breakfast

B&B Breakfast

Irish chouder

Irish chouder

Irish cottsage

Irish cottsage

Dolomite stones

Dolomite stones

Dolomite stones

Dolomite stones

Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart

B&B window

B&B window

Cork homes

Cork homes

Town of Cork

Town of Cork

Rainbow wave

Rainbow wave

Atlantic action

Atlantic action

Bilarny Castle

Bilarny Castle

perfect pour

perfect pour

Guiness history

Guiness history

Rain

Rain