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Door/11 – Portglenone

The Village Inn sits on the main road through Port Chluain Eoghain, or Portglenone in Northern Ireland.   Port Chluain Eoghain means “The Fort of Eoghan’s meadow” and it’s a small village of about 1100 souls.   Behind this door there was a couple of beers, a cider … and a coffee.  It was a drizzly, drippy socked-in kind of day when made our pub stop.  Except I … Continue reading Door/11 – Portglenone

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Dark Hedges

More than two centuries ago the Stuart family planted an avenue of beech trees, as an approach to their mansion.  South of Ballintoy and Ballycastle, northeast of Ballymoney in the County Antrim  countryside, Bregagh Road is now a public avenue, lined with magnificent beech trees that are almost 250 years old, known as The Dark Hedges.  A spirit known as the Grey Lady is said to roam … Continue reading Dark Hedges

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Following the Flight of the Earls  in 1607, the crown seized Irish land in Ulster and granted it out to English and Scottish Planters on condition that they build settlements and provide strongholds loyal to the king. Sir John Hume of  Berwickshire was granted 2000 acres at Tully.  It was here, in County Fermanagh on the southern shore of Lower Lough Erne that he built Caisleán … Continue reading Castle/Tully

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Dedicated to the Memory

The Commando Memorial stands In the highlands of Scotland, within sight of Ben Nevis. This was their training ground. The area is dedicated to the memory of all Commandos who gave their lives in the service of their country during the 1939-1945 War. Comrades who have died since the cessation of hostilities are also remembered here. The memorial was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading Dedicated to the Memory

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Door/10 – St. André

This is the door to Maria and Michael’s dwelling in St. André in southern France.  They lived in an old winery they had converted. The front exterior was unchanged without indication of the delightful spaces they had designed inside.  In addition to their own living space they carved out an apartment as well, which we rented for a couple of weeks so we could explore … Continue reading Door/10 – St. André

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Statues & Sculptures/1

The beginning of a series on statues and sculptures This sculpture by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir stands in a courtyard of Cawdor Castle near Inverness in Scotland.The artist was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and trained in England and Italy.  Her work is quite distinctive, focusing on variations of this human form and while similar, each is unique.  More of her work can be seen here. Continue reading Statues & Sculptures/1

One Photo Focus/November

Stacy at Visual Venturing hosts One Photo Focus.  She provides the photo and we all edit it and resubmit it to her where she compiles them all on her blog.  Nice Stacy. This is the photo for this month – an image of the Anping Treehouse in Tainan, Taiwan submitted by Helen Chen of HHC Blog: I really didn’t know where to go with this and set it aside for several … Continue reading One Photo Focus/November

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Photo Editing Two Ways – House at Sandside Bay

Play time.  I like this photo, for its composition and subject matter, but it’s a little too soft for my taste.  So I played. First up, I worked on the detail, contrast and lighting.  The HDR creates a haloing effect resulting in the grey sky but in this image I liked it and kept it – I think it goes well with the mood and … Continue reading Photo Editing Two Ways – House at Sandside Bay