You often see photos of Ireland in all her emerald beauty. But for me, there is nothing more striking than the subtle colors of winter. This series of photos was taken in January around the lake shore of Lough Carra, Co. Mayo, and along the coastline of counties Mayo and Kerry.
They are all lovely. Plenty of color and texture.
Thanks, Randee. Yes, at this time of year, texture plays a huge part in the beauty of the landscape. Your eye is drawn to the small detail that may pass unnoticed when there’s a riot of greenery surrounding you.
absolutely enchanting mix of shots! If I had a pinterest account, I’d pin every single one!! (I’ve steered clear of pinterest thus far….just don’t have time for another online time suck!!)
Thank you! I hear you about the Pinterest. Taking my camera for a walk is a good way to remind myself to live in the moment.
I just took a look at the pics again because something about the light was scraping at the edges of my memory and the second go-through clarified it for me: only in winter does sunlight look so thin (for lack of a better word) and only in northern climes. I grew up in Boston, which as you probably know is one of the most Irish-settled cities in the world. My grandparents were both émigrés and I wonder if they noticed the similarities!
That’s a great word for it–thin light. I now live in New York’s Hudson Valley and the winter light definitely has a touch of that etherealness (not sure that’s a word) about it.
That feels better – thanks for the hike.
And now I have a new background image on my laptop. Thanks!
You are welcome!
Some of these look a little like WV except for the ones of the ocean. Beautiful, M.
Brenda, I’d love to explore West Virginia–one of these years. Please send photos!
These are stunning photos.
Thank you for following my blog and especially for bringing me to yours:)
Really lovely photos, Liss. I like the way you have framed the images. Beautiful light. Ex
Some beautiful pictures- this post makes me really want to go back! Here are some pictures I took recently when climbing Croagh Patrick if you are interested: http://rowenacrowley.com/2014/01/12/croaking-at-croagh-patrick/
Rowena, thanks, I enjoyed your photos. Fantastic view. I confess, although I’ve climbed several Irish mountains, Croagh Patrick isn’t one of them. It’s definitely on my to-climb list. But not in August, and not in bare feet!