The moment was better than the photograph

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This is one of those instances when the moment of actually being there was better than I was able to represent with the camera. Sam and I had arrived at Ross Castle in Killarney with plenty of time to spare before the sun was scheduled to rise, and as we walked from the parking lot toward the castle, I couldn’t help but notice this scene.

The morning air was cool and damp, and I never get tired of that feeling of expectation and excitement you get when exploring somewhere new in the pre-dawn light. An almost eerie mist on the water off in the distance helped create a mood of tranquility and peacefulness like you wouldn’t believe, and there wasn’t a soul around as we stood on a little bridge admiring this scene and listening to the sounds of the wakening morning. The reflections on the still as glass water were remarkable, and as the sun slowly climbed in the sky, I was once again reminded of why it is important to get up at this time of day.

In the photograph below I broke out the longer lens (70-200mm f4) and ┬átried to bring everything good about this scene a little closer. The two-dimensional world of photography can be somewhat limiting when it comes to truly representing an experience, but at least I have these two images to serve as a reminder of a wonderful morning shared with Sam… in a place and at a time only he and I experienced… pretty neat.

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Ross Castle, Killarney

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We are now down in Killarney, near what would be considered the start of the Ring of Kerry. Killarney is a bustling and vibrant little town, and lucky for us it is right in the heart of a whole ton of beauty. The Killarney National Park is our next destination, but before we really get started exploring, here’s a quiet scene we experienced first thing one morning.

Built in the fifteenth century by the O’Donoghue chieftains, Ross Castle overlooks Lough Leane in Killarney, County Kerry. We spent a very still and peaceful morning here admiring the view and enjoying the early light.┬áThe story is that Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, was educated by monks in the ninth century on the island of Innisfallen, which you can access by boat from the shores of the lake here.

Soooooooo quiet…