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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: JUPITER, FL

FULL MOON REFLECTION

I’m continuing with a series of “reflections” for the first part of this year mainly because I’m very fond of them and I also love the play on  words!

This was taken at The Estuary, a community in Jupiter, Florida.  When I’m in Florida, I love to go to the beach and watch the rising of the full moon each month.   I was doubly blessed on this November evening as the setting sun gave enough light to capture this image.  In case you care, I believe this is the 17th hole at the Jupiter Dunes Golf Club, a public 18 hole, par 3, “executive” course .

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Copyright 2014                            Mary Jane E Clark

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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: JUPITER AUTUMN

FLORIDA AUTUMN

Many people feel that South Florida has no seasons but I disagree.  Here, at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, you can clearly see that the leaves have turned and autumn has arrived.  It’s all about slowing down and looking around you.  Jupiter, Florida does have gorgeous beaches, palm trees, lush landscaping, great restaurants and proximity to world-class shopping.  The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary provides a much more laid-back experience with loads of native animals (mostly rescued), serene landscapes, helpful and knowledgeable staff and is a fun and free treat, especially for children.

Copyright 2011                 Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE SKELLIGS

THE SKELLIGS

These two islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, lie off the coast of County Kerry in the southwest corner of Ireland.   Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Up a 1000 year old stone staircase, perched on a narrow ledge, is a 6th century Christian monastery consisting of 6 beehive cells and 2 boat shaped oratories.  The still-standing dry stone structures were inhabited by reclusive monks until the 12th century, when they relocated to the Augustinian Priory at Ballinskellig on the mainland.  By necessity self-sufficient, the monks traded eggs, seal meat and feathers for cereal, tools and animal skins from passing boats.  The skins were used to produce vellum, upon which the monks copied illuminated religious manuscripts.

Today, the Skelligs are home to vast nesting and breeding bird colonies as well as giant basking sharks, dolphins and sea turtles.

Copyright 2013                            Mary Jane E Clark

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: JUPITER, FLORIDA

TURTLE IN FLORIDA

As the lazy, hazy days of summer come to an end on this Labor Day, this snoozer doesn’t seem too concerned!  Taken at Busch Wildlife Center in Jupiter, Florida.  The Center is just a delight, especially for children, with lots of native wildlife including panthers, raccoons, eagles and, of course turtles.  Most of the birds, reptiles and animals were found wounded or orphaned and have been nursed back to health.  Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted.  The gift shop is a wonderful source for souvenirs, stocking stuffers, and token gifts.

Copyright 2013                        Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PILLARS OF HERCULES

ROCK OF GIBRALTARJEBEL MUSA

Guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea are the Pillars of Hercules.  To the north (left photo)  is the well-known Rock of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory found on the southernmost tip of Spain.  To the south (right photo) is the imposing Jebel Musa in Morocco.  The legend is that Hercules, while fulfilling one of his 12 Labours, smashed through the rock that was the god Atlas and created the opening to the Atlantic Ocean, leaving the limestone promontories to overlook the Strait of Gibraltar.

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Copyright   2013                                            Mary Jane E Clark

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