My somewhat quirky views as I gaze at the world around me!

Archive for October, 2012

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY

CLIFDEN, COUNTY GALWAY

This view of the little town of Clifden,  (the “capital” of Connemara) County Galway, Ireland,  entranced me with its ethereal, dream-like quality.  The shadows of the clouds crossing the mountains made for an ever-changing pattern of light and dark.  The aptly named  Sky Road begins here and continues west to the end of the peninsula in a  12 km loop of spectacular scenery.

Copyright 2012    Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: KILLARY HARBOUR, CO. GALWAY, SHEEP

This is Killary Harbour, the only fjord in Ireland, in County Galway.  The dramatic  fjord is 16km long and reaches depths of almost 150 feet and is a prime location for the growing of mussels.  The pretty village of Leenane  perches on its edge, the locale for the movie “The Field” starring Richard Harris.  As you can see, sheep also perch along its edges!  And they have the right of way!

Copyright 2012     Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BALLINABOY BEACH, CO. GALWAY

BALLINABOY, CONNEMARE, COUNTY GALWAY

I was so taken with the colors of the water (so like that in Jupiter, Florida)that at first I didn’t notice the lone reader on the beach.  Ballinaboy in Connemara, County Galway, is really just a spot on the map, but, oh what a beautiful spot!  I even collected a sample of the soft, white sand for a friend.

Copyright 2012           Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CONGRESS PARK, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY

AUTUMN IN SARATOGA SPRINGS

Autumn in Saratoga Springs, NY, my hometown, is one of the most lovely times of the year.  This picture is of Congress Park, home of the Canfield Casino, and just off Broadway which was recently voted “One of the Most Beautiful Main Streets in America”.   As I child, I spent hundreds of hours in this magical park and even celebrated  my Junior Prom in the Canfield Casino.  Living in Jupiter, Florida and County Meath, Ireland, I don’t get to see the flaming foliage of autumn in the northeastern United States………………..and I miss it!

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Copyright 2012            Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BELFAST MURAL

 

Belfast, as well as Derry, was a center for the 40 years of sectarian fighting and violence known as The Troubles.  Many murals were painted during this time, most of them depicting political viewpoints, portraits of martyrs, sectarian slogans and threats and promises.  The vitriol expressed was matched by the brutal attacks by the UVF, the UDA, the Provisional IRA  and various dissident factions on both the Republican and Unionist/Loyalist sides.  Many of these murals still exist but some of the more hateful expressions are being whitewashed.

The 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement ushered in a new era of peace, no matter how fragile.  Progress has been made with a power-sharing government seated in Stormont Castle.  And, as you can see, this new spirit of co-operation manifests itself through art.  It’s just a beginning, but it IS a beginning.

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Copyright 2012             Mary Jane E Clark

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