Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #204 – Doors

I loved the doors of Ireland and Scotland. These are some of my favorites.

Many thanks to Sylvia Bacon for the challenge Lens’Artists #204 – Doors

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #149: Cool Colors – Blue and Green

This week, Tina has challenged us to show ways that the cooler colors of blue, green, blue green or purple appear in our world.

To me, some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen contain the color combination of blue and green.

Oahu, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii
Turtle Cove on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii
St. Lucia
Emerald green on the hills above the Atlantic Ocean in Ireland
Creek running through the Georgia Salt Marsh
Okefenokee Swamp
Silver Springs, Florida
Blue Ridge Mountains

Many thanks to Tina for the challenge. Please be sure to visit her original post at Lens-Artists Challenge #149: Cool Colors – Blue and Green

Forty Shades of Green

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Dunardee
I miss the river Shannon and the folks at Skibbereen
The moorlands and the midlands with their forty shades of green

~”Forty Shades of Green” by Johnny Cash

A year ago today was our first full day of a three week trip from the U. S. to Ireland and Scotland. One day as we toured the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, Dennis, our tour guide, played this Johnny Cash song for us.

I remembered the song this morning as I was thinking about our trip. Johnny Cash wrote it in 1959 while he was in Ireland.

We saw at least forty shades of green (and probably more) as we traveled around the beautiful Emerald Isle.

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Wild Atlantic Way, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Wild Atlantic Way, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Lamb at the Fairy Fort on the Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula

Here is Johnny Cash singing ‘Forty Shades of Green.’

I don’t know when we’ll be able to travel again but until then, I have my wonderful memories.

Lens-Artists #79: Window with a View

For this weeks challenge, Amy has asked us to show windows with a view.

As we traveled around Ireland last spring some of our hotel rooms had great views out the windows.

I loved the view of Eyre Square from the windows of our room in Galway, Ireland. It took some creative maneuvering of the camera to avoid the black window frame (alas, you can still see part of it in the upper right corner).

Eyre Square, Galway

Our first bed and breakfast experience was the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney, Ireland. The home was in a beautiful setting and our hosts Pat and Norrie O’Neill were wonderful. When we decided to let someone else do the driving and take a tour of the Ring of Kerry, Norrie arranged a tour with a a tour company and guide she knew.

View from our room at the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney. That’s our blue rental car.

Nothing better than a full Irish breakfast with a view. At the Alderhaven Country Home in Killarney we watched bunnies in the yard every morning.

At the Westwood Country House in Tower, near Blarney, our room overlooked the back yard. Our hosts Fergus and Eucharia welcomed us into their beautiful home and prepared fresh eggs from their back yard hens and smoked salmon for breakfast. Fergus even gave us scones to take along for a snack on our all day bus tour. Seeing the evening sky through our window was a real treat at the end of a long day.

View behind the house from our room at Westwood Country House in Tower, Ireland

Our room several floors up in the Hotel Europa in Belfast, Northern Ireland had great views of the city. The photo at the top of this page was taken looking down at the street.

View from our room on about the 7th floor of the Hotel Europa in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Many thanks to Amy for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Window with a View


Lens-Artists #67: Candid

This week, Ann-Christine has challenged us to capture candid shots of people and/or animals.

This challenge was a difficult one for me because it’s hard for me to get good photos of people. Usually my candid shots are epic fails, either blurred or someone has a funny look on their face. As I searched through my photos I found some candid shots from our trip to Ireland and Scotland earlier this year.

On that trip we visited more than a few pubs. I couldn’t help but capture a few candid shots as we enjoyed a pint and dinner after a busy day of taking in the sights.

Bartender pouring our first Guinness pint at the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Brewery

Bartender at the beautiful Crown in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Decisions, Decisions… in Edinburgh, Scotland

I loved hearing the music in the pubs and seeing the street performers.

Musicians in Dublin

Musicians at a pub in Dingle, Ireland

In the shopping district in Galway

Bagpiper in Edinburgh, Scotland

I managed to capture a few people doing everyday things.

Waterville, Ireland

Dingle Boat Harbor, Ireland

Surfers at Inch Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

I can’t end this post without including some candid animal shots.

A shepherd tending to his flock during a sheep dog demonstration in Ir

Highland Cow at Fernie Castle, Scotland

Many thanks to Ann-Christine  for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Candid