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“I watched the surrounding landscape with great curiosity, and I wanted to discover the words that could describe all its unspoiled beauty.’~Daniel J. Rice

On a summer’s day, we delight in something we don’t see or feel that often; soft sunshine and warm heat. But in winter months under the winter moon, the grey colour pallet and heavy, soaked air are something more familiar to the heart. The cold is in the bones, the fresh rain  lands on the skin. Being here feels more affirmed. More real.

There is this weird magnetic pull, down deep in my heart to the Irish wilderness.  Out here I feel free.  I feel possibilities. I feel the rain on my skin and cold, fresh air in my lungs as they expand and press my ribcage. I hear nothing and everything. Silence and the far off sound of wind turbines in the distance. It’s all raw here. Raw and beautiful.

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Photos shot at Polleeny Bogland, Furbogh, Connemara, Galway.

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Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains. ~ Jeffrey Rasley
Some shots from recent visit to Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara. Built some time between the end of the eighteenth century and the first decade of the following century, the castle is nestled in between the Twelve Pins Mountains on Ballynahinch Lake. The walks around the grounds of the Castle are beautiful, rugged and natural. I walked on a wet, overcast morning. The rain didn’t arrive but it hung in the air like a damp cloth. The fog had descended on the mountains and it was hard to see their peaks. Inside the house, the open fires roared as bus loads of tourists arrived, excited to see ‘postcard Ireland’ -this is definitely ‘postcard Ireland’. I love it.
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