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

Archive for December, 2012

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CO. MEATH LAUGHING HORSE

NEAR TRIM, COUNTY MEATH

Is he laughing at me???  Having grown up in a horse racing town (Saratoga Springs, NY), you’d think I’d know.  He was just outside Trim, County Meath, Ireland.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: UAE CHRISTMAS TREE

$11 MILLION CHRISTMAS TREE

Two years ago, I  was stranded in the United Arab Emirates at Christmas because of terrible snowstorms across Ireland and England.  I was delighted to find, in this very Muslim country, many Christmas decorations and carols being played.  Of course, being the UAE, this Christmas tree is “over the top”….it’s decorated with $11 MILLION worth of jewelry!  It was in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and was very well-guarded.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

NOLLAIG SHONA DHUIT

Copyright 2012                        Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DUNLUCE CASTLE, CO. ANTRIM

DUNLUCE CASTLE

It’s the season……………I forgot yesterday was Monday!  This is Dunluce Castle on the County Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.  Legend has it that part of the castle tumbled into the sea, carrying several of the help, during a bad winter storm.  It’s precarious perch makes for a spectacular sight very close to the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmill’s Distillery.  For you golfers, the golden strand of beach in  the background is part of the Royal Portstewart Golf Club, which hosted the British Open this year.

Copyright 2012                       Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CO. MEATH SUNSET

KINGSFORT RADIANCE

KINGSFORT RADIANCE

This was taken in late afternoon last October, following a heavy hail storm.  The skies had been so dark and stormy that I was surprised when I looked out the kitchen window and saw the sun break through.  Even though it was still raining, I ventured out onto the patio and captured this view of the lane leading to my home in Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland.

Copyright 2012                         Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: FULL MOON OVER JUPITER

JUPITER, FL MOONRISE

JUPITER, FL MOONRISE

As well as sunsets, I have a real “thing” for the moon and also reflected images.   So this photo satisfies all three as it was taken just after sunset, with the rising full moon and the trees and golf course nicely reflected.  Taken November 2011, The Estuary at Jupiter Dunes, Jupiter, Florida.

Copyright 2012     Mary Jane E Clark

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