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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 CALENDAR

For several years, I’ve made up calendars for a few friends and family members.  Since I can’t send one to each of you, I thought I’d try it this way!

IRISH RAINBOW

2014 CALENDAR COVER  CO. FERMANAGH

IRISH SUNRISE

 2014: JANUARY  CO. MEATH

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY
2014: FEBRUARY  GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

BONANE, COUNTY KERRY

2014: MARCH   BONANE, CO. KERRY

RING OF KERRY-SKELLIG RING

2014: APRIL  RING OF KERRY

BOMBAY STREET, BELFAST

2014: MAY  BOMBAY STREET, BELFAST

MIZEN HEAD, CO. CORK

2014: JUNE  MIZEN PENINSULA, CO CORK

THE SKELLIGS, CO KERRY

2014: JULY  SKELLIG ISLANDS, CO KERRY

IRISH GRAIN

2014: AUGUST  MOYNALTY, CO MEATH

DUNLUCE CASTLE

2014: SEPTEMBER  DUNLUCE CASTLE, CO ANTRIM

GLENANCHIQUIN, CO KERRY

2014: OCTOBER  GLENANCHIQUIN, BEARA PENINSULA

IRISH AUTUMN

2014: NOVEMBER  CO. MEATH

DINGLE PENINSULA

2014: DECEMBER  DINGLE PENINSULA, CO KERRY

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FRIENDS!

Copyright 2013                          Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SOLSTICE SUNSET

WINTER SOLSTICE 2013 SUNSET

The rays of the rising sun, on the Winter Solstice, light the central chamber of the Newgrange Tumulus, part of the Bru na Boinne complex.  What is little known is that the rays of the setting sun that same day illuminate the inner chamber of the passage tomb at Dowth, also part of Bru na Boinne.  Although not open to the public, nor fully excavated, Dowth, as well as Newgrange and Knowth, are within 15 miles of my home in County Meath, Ireland, where this was taken on 21 December 2013.   Magic is all around!

Copyright 2013                             Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: JERUSALEM

JERUSALEM

Jerusalem…………the home of the 3 monotheistic religions:  Judaism, Christianity and Islam…truly a holy city.  And Bethlehem is only about 8 miles away.  Merry Christmas, my friends.

 

Copyright 2013            Mary Jane E Clark

NEWGRANGE: ARISE, AWAKE!

RIVER BOYNE

RIVER BOYNE

PLAINS OF MEATH

PLAINS OF MEATH

NEWGRANGE TUMULUS

NEWGRANGE TUMULUS

NEWGRANGE SKY BOX

NEWGRANGE SKY BOX

Nestled on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath, Ireland, is the complex of ancient passage tombs known as Bru na Boinne (Palace on the Boyne).  Chief among these ancient monuments is Newgrange.  Built over 5000 years ago, predating both the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, it gazes out over the lush plains of Meath as it has for ages.  Although no one knows for sure why it was built, we do know that today, the 21st of December, the day of the Winter Solstice, is ITS day!  For on this morning, as I am writing this, the rays of the rising sun (and it is rising gloriously) will pass through the sky box located above the imposing oval-shaped inscribed stone at the entrance.  Slowly, then seeming to increase in speed and splendor, the light enters the passage tomb and finally pierces the very center of the chamber.  The illumination seems to be a reminder, and a promise, that even now, on the darkest day of winter, the light is returning, as it always has, as it always will.

NEWGRANGE:  ARISE, AWAKE!

Copyright 2013                                              Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DUBAI CREEK

DUBAI CREEK

One of the most fascinating things about Dubai is the juxtaposition of old and new.  Dubai City, with the Ruler’s Palace,  the ultra-modern Burj Kalifa , and upscale shopping centers is on one side of the Dubai Creek and Deira, with the gold souk, more modest shopping areas,  affordable housing and shopping  is is on the other.   In between, is The Creek, actually an estuary, plied by abras (water taxis big and little), floating restaurants, fabulous motor and sailing yachts and the dhows.  The dhows are wooden vessels of ancient design and travel the Middle Eastern and African coasts.  Their cargo is incredibly varied and …..interesting.  This image is of the Deira side of Dubai Creek.

 

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