WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT?

DREAMING OF IRELAND

Do you ever dream of going someplace again that you been before? How does it feel when you see photos of that place, whether their your photos or not?

For me that place is Ireland. I’ve been a few times now and fell in love with it that very first time on the approach to the airport as the plane was descending from the heavens onto a misty emerald green landscape. It’s pretty hard to describe the feeling of going there to others. It just is a happy feeling I guess that stays the whole time I’m there.

Even though it does tend to rain a lot there the people are extremely nice and the food isn’t bad either. Many castles and old history are abound and is extremely fascinating to check out. Walking along the shore of an ancient beach that has been battered for millennia is magical.

Being a photographer and carrying around a bunch of gear to snap shots is almost like a zen like feeling while there.

Where is your favorite spot or one you’d like to check out at some point? I have many other places I’d love to visit but I must say Ireland is still at the top of my list.

AN OLD STRANDED IRISH BOAT

I took this shot a little over a year ago on a trip to Ireland for business. This photo was taken while it was pretty windy and rain was coming down. I’m not sure if this boat would actually be in the water as the tide was out and it seemed pretty far from it, though I could be mistaken. The photo was shot on the coast of the inlet from the Atlantic towards Shannon and Limerick.

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THE ABANDONED BUILDING

OUR LAST DAY HERE

Well, my wife and I have been here on our trip without the kids for the past week and are on our last day here. We’ve been here on Grand Bahama Island having a bit of a get away, hanging out with friends and meeting new ones. The snorkeling has been great and I even got a few photo ops while out and about.

THE ABANDONED BUILDING

I’ve come to this island for the past 5 years I think at this point and in one of the canals is an old decayed building. I’m not sure if it’s an old hotel or apartment building. Ever since I first saw it I wanted to go and explore around it. I finally got my chance yesterday! I only spent about 15 minutes doing so and plan to do it again in the next couple months when we return. I also hope to get some info on it and discover what it was.

Do you like urban decay? I find it fascinating to explore a place that once was and now is not. Please leave me a comment and tell of your experiences with this subject matter.

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REPOSTING FROM A G+ POST

This is a post I made back in July on G+. I figured I’d just use the same text for this post

Well, I just completed day 3 here in Ireland. I’m out here for work this week and it started off great yesterday but today didn’t go as planned. I was hoping for an easy going day but ended up having many difficulties. I’m hoping to turn that around tomorrow.

TODAY’S PHOTO – THE ROAD TO THE DROP OFF

The plus to my not so great day was leaving my customer site to witness sunshine! Now, being that it’s mid July and I’m so far north the sunlight lasts a lot longer here. I left my customer with the sun still high up in the sky. I quickly picked up something to eat while out and about and decided to head out to the coast which I love here. I will say though I did go on a not so direct path. I chose not to travel on main roads and cruise along roads not much wider than the tiny care I’ve rented.

This shot was taken of a private road that ran off of the road I was driving on. At the end of this road, or I assume due to being private, are the Cliff of Moher. Those are Ireland’s famous cliffs that plunge about 700ft down to the Atlantic.I’ve been there a couple of times and I can say personally that they are pretty magnificent.

I hope you enjoy today’s post.

Cheers

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MY 4TH IRELAND TRIP

Back in July I traveled to Ireland for my 4th time for work. During the week it’s pretty much work, but when I can find some off time or get there on a Sunday, as I did on that trip, I’m able to travel around and check out the countryside. I do have to say that this is one of my favorite places that I’ve ever been to.

TODAY’S PHOTO – THE ABBEY’S RED DOOR

I took this shot at the Trinitarian Abbey. It was founded in 1230. It’s amazing how old some of the structures in this country are. There are many that are older and unfortunately in ruins but great non the less. It’s great to explore some of the ruins and image on life was like back in those times. I can’t seem to get enough of castles and other types of ruins. Can you?

Enjoy!

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BACK TO THE GRIND

Well, after 2.5 weeks traveling with my family in the UK and Germany we’re back and just about over our jet lag. I do love to travel and check out new places but I can safely say it’s always nice to get home and sleep in your own bed and have all of your own creature comforts in one place. Some things you manage without and sort of forget you actually have or do when your at home. It’s really good in a way as I find that, while away, you realize that you can manage without many things that you use/have at home. I will admit I took my camera gear and computer with me as those are material items I feel I can’t live without… At least at this point in my life.

TODAY’S PHOTO – EXTERNSTEINE ON A STORMY DAY

This is a shot of the Externsteine that is right near the northern town of Detmold, Germany where my wife grew up. The town is not that huge, in comparison to München (Munich) or Köln (Cologne) but there really is quite a bit going on around the city and not too far from it to explore.

This place is one of those cool places to explore and walk around. There are many trails to hike on around here not to mention being able to climb the steps carved into the rock to get on top from which you get a spectacular view of the surrounding country side. It’s quite an unusual and interesting place to check out. There are what appears to be rooms carved out at the bottom along with a mural carved on the outside.

Here is a link to wikipedia with more info on it: Externsteine on Wikipedia

Supposedly up to a million people visit this site each year. If your ever in this part of Germany I definitely recommend it. Especially on a nice, or at least, not too wet day.

Enjoy!

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