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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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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

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: 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: NAFPLIO, GREECE

NAFPLIO, GREECE

I had no idea that I would ever visit Nafplio (or even that it existed) but thanks to a general strike in Athens, this was the alternate port selected by the cruise line.  The early morning anchoring provided this stunning view of Bourtzi Castle (meaning “tower”).  The final reinforcements to it were completed  by the Venetians in 1473.  It has served as a fortress, housing for executioners, a hotel and now a tourist attraction.  Although I only saw it from a distance, it has lingered in my imagination.

Copyright 2013                        Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: EPHESUS, TURKEY

EPHESUS, TURKEY

The Library of Celsius at Ephesus, Turkey rivaled the one at Alexandria in Egypt in the number and quality of manuscripts kept there.  So much so, that the Egyptians eventually prohibited the export of such to it.  Although now only a ruin, as is much of the once great port of Ephesus, it’s facade makes it easy to image the beauty without and knowledge hidden within.  Ephesus also is the site of many Greek/Roman ruins including the Temple of Artemis, considered one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Copyright 2013                                       Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SKY ROAD, CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY

CONNEMARA CASTLE

I’m sure this castle has a name but I don’t know it.  It’s located off the Sky Road, outside Clifden, in County Galway, Ireland.  This image is just so quintessentially Irish……castle ruins, relentless ivy covering it, emerald fields, stone walls, gentle mountains, the Atlantic Ocean…..it has it all!

Copyright 2012      Mary Jane E Clark

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