I spent a few weeks in Ireland this summer. What follows are the photo highlights of that trip. I'm much more into photography now than when I lived in Ireland, so its a lot of fun to revisit it with a camera.
This was taken in a pass through the Ox Mountains in north Mayo. I love the barrenness of the landscape here, and the ominous clouds. Weirdly, I had to step through a field of dead mackerel fish to get this.
A little bit of people watching on Dublin's south quays.
This Mexican naval boat docked in Dublin during my stay there. It was very hard to get this shot. I had to balance a very narrow aperture (to get those star points on the lights), requiring a relatively long exposure, with the fact that the boat was moving ever so slightly in the river. It took a lot of attempts.
There is a rather odd tradition in the west of Ireland, whereby on the 23rd of each June, everyone takes the opportunity to build and light giant bonfires. This was HUGE when I was a kid. We would spend weeks gathering stuff to burn - and there was huge rivalry between groups of kids in different neighborhoods to see who would have the best bonfire. I've no idea if that sort of thing still goes on, but based on the evidence, the bonfires are certainly still burning.
Standing guard on the Achill Island coast, this place is like a reverse Tardis... huge on the outside, absolutely tiny on the inside.
When I come back and visit from America, one thing which really strikes me is how much history we have in Ireland, and how accessible it is. This is a 600 year old ruin of a Friary right beside my home town. Its extremely well preserved - you can still climb stairs to the upper levels.
An interior view of the crazy Achillhenge on Mayo's Achill Island.
So many beautiful beaches in Mayo. This is Keel Beach, on the coast of Achill island.