Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Just a short post this morning with a couple of pix to celebrate what was always a fun day growing up in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday back home, and although it hasn’t quite reached those heights here in the US, there are enough ex-pats to make sure that it gets plenty of attention. Anyhoo… here’s a sampling of photographs from my home country, leading off with The Dark Hedges, and followed by a few other famous and not so famous sights…

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BWDunmore Head

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Kinbane Castle

See more of my Ireland photographs…

here: http://www.acadiaandbeyond.com/p641596536

and here: http://www.acadiaandbeyond.com/p830260940

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Devenish Island

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From an older post on my blog… this location is on the shores of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. After graduating from college, I spent two wonderful years teaching close by here in Enniskillen, though during my time there I unfortunately did not take full advantage of the scenery around me.

Any time I return home to Ireland though, I try to rectify this by exploring what is an amazingly beautiful landscape. Looking across the waters of the lough you can see the island of Devenish, home to the ruins of a monastic settlement that dates back to the 6th century, and a 100 ft tall round tower that dates back to the 12th century. Over the centuries, many cultures have visited and touched this island, leaving behind evidence of what were often thriving and vital communities.

I got lucky when I stumbled on this boat on the shoreline… it made for a really nice foreground element on what was a beautiful summer evening.

Still on my Ireland kick

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I am still on my Ireland kick, and it has me rummaging through older images from the last time I visited home about five years ago. This photograph was made on a late summer evening right after a rainstorm, offering a nice view across Lough Erne toward Devenish Island. Located just outside Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, and where I first started teaching after graduating from college, Devenish is a pretty special place that is rich in history dating back literally thousands of years.

The row boat in the foreground was a lucky find, and I think it provides a solid anchor and focal point to what for me was an already beautiful scene. Still thinking about how to get home…