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

Archive for October, 2013

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: AUTUMN IN IRELAND

AUTUMN IN IRELAND

The Ulster-American Folk Park, outside Omagh, Co.Tyrone, is a fascinating experience, portraying the lifestyles of Ulster men and women who lived in the area and emigrated to the United States in the early 1800s.  It is located on the grounds of the former Mellon Family farm, of Carnegie Mellon fame.  I loved the juxtaposition of the American farmstead rail fences with the Irish foliage.

Copy right 2013                                            Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DINGLE PENINSULA

DINGLE PENINSULA

Way down in the southwest corner of Ireland is the County Kerry, locale of the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula, the Lakes of Killarney and several glorious mountain ranges.  I’ve visited a number of times but on the most recent trip in September, we were blessed with incredible weather…..perfect for photography.  This is the view from Clogher Head, just about the westernmost point on the Dingle.  This area has it all:  the Atlantic Ocean, cliffs and mountains, secluded golden beaches and charming villages.  One of my favorite counties!  (Actually, I love all 32 of them)  Remember, you can always click on the image to enlarge it or on a highlighted word for more detail.

Copyright 2013                                 Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CAESEREA, ISRAEL

CAESAREA, ISRAEL

Caesarea Maritima was most likely built on the remains of Statonospyrgos (likely Tower of Staton of Sidon).  In 90 BCE, it passed into Roman hands and, in 22 BCE, Herod the Great began to develop it as a deep water port and major trading center.  It’s located on the Israeli coastal plain, halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv.  Herod also built himself a great seaside palace, complete with freshwater swimming pool….the remains of which are seen here.  The fresh water was carried via aqueducts from the mountains.  And we all thought infinity pools were the latest thing!

Copyright 2013                                    Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: TANZANIA

WHITE SANDS, TANZANIA

Although Tanzania, or more properly the United Republic of Tanzania and Zanzibar, is one of the most poverty stricken countries on Earth, it is an incredibly beautiful place.  This is an example of one of the luxury resorts on the Indian Ocean just outside the slums and shacks of Dar es Salaam.   This area, aptly named White Sands, as well as the so-called Embassy Row are the playgrounds of wealthy, foreign, primarily Caucasian tourists.

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Copyright 2013                   Mary Jane E Clark

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