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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE SEVEN CHURCHES, INIS MOR

INIS MOR, SEVEN CHURCHES

Although this wasn’t a “special day”, ie solstice or equinox, I have to wonder if the beam of sunlight is significant for this time and place.  A few minutes earlier or later, it appears that it would have been passing directly through the small window opening.  It’s the ruins of the “Seven Churches”  (Na Seacht d’Teampaill) on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of County Clare, Ireland.  This was a significant monastic settlement established by St Brecan and built between the 9th and 15th centuries.  Probably only 2 churches were actually built as well as numerous other domestic buildings, and, of course, a cemetery.

Copyright 2014                   Mary Jane E Clark

 

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: JUPITER SUNSET

JUPITER, FL SUNSET

I love the fact that, although the sun sets in the west,  you very often get reflected sunset hues in the eastern sky.   This is especially noticeable  at the beach, in this case the beach at Jupiter Inlet, Florida, which is facing east across the Atlantic Ocean   Another thing I love about this photo is that if I move my laptop screen forward/backward I get totally different images.

Copyright 2009                 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: 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: 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

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: INIS MOR, ARAN ISLANDS

STONE WALLS, INIS MOR

Anywhere you travel in Ireland, you’ll see mile after mile of stone walls.  These were constructed to serve 3 purposes:  marking of property boundaries, shelter for animals in bad weather and, finally, to get rid of stones in the fields.  These are  always built without mortar and with small openings which allows the wind to blow through rather than knocking the wall down.

Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, lies off the west coast of Ireland, is part of County Galway and measures 8 miles long by 2 miles wide (13 km x 3 km).  There are more than 7000 MILES of stone walls on the island!

Copyright 2013                         Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BEARA PENINSULA

BEARA PENINSULA

Down in the southwest corner of Ireland, you’ll find craggy shores, numerous bays and inlets, mountains and three famous peninsulas…….the Dingle, the Iveragh (which includes the Ring of Kerry) and the Beara.  The Beara, or Bere, is the least known, least visited and, I think, the most beautiful.  This photo was taken near Garnish Point in County Cork.

Copyright 2013                Mary Jane E Clark

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