Monthly Archives: September 2013

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – MISTAKE

As soon as I saw the word “mistake” I instantly thought of my cell phone.

I had recently taken the big step and upgraded to an iPhone, which of course came with all sorts of bells and whistles.  It also came with a camera.  So that I can always be ready in an instance to take all sorts of very important pictures.

Pictures like my garbage can at work:

Mistake 1

Or my foot:

Mistake 2

Someone’s Back?:

mistake 3

My Foot Again:

mistake 4

A Table Top Somewhere:

mistake 5

Both of my feet this time:

mistake 6

My Knee:

mistake 7

And one more time my foot:

mistake 8

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For more fun photos for people’s mistakes, please visit:

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/a-word-a-week-challenge-mistake/

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Kilkenny and the Galaxy

On our second day of the Great Ireland Trip 2012/2013, Maureen and I headed back East, and stayed in another river town with a castle, Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle was built along the River Nore in 1195, and it has been well kept and extensively renovated over the years.  Then in 1967, the castle and all of its surrounding lands were sold to the people of Kilkenny.  The price was a mere 50 pounds.

Today, Kilkenny Castle is a public park, with an extensive front lawn with trails and fields, and a back side with an elaborate garden.  It is my understanding that inside the castle, there is also a grand collection of art work, but because we were there during the holidays, the inside of the castle was closed.  I guess we will just have to take another trip.

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny also has a wonderful nightlife, with many taverns, restaurants and stores scattered among the tiny streets.  Although on the night we were in town it was St. Stephen’s Day, so the crowd we were told was a little younger than normal.  But we still managed to find a nice place to eat, and a pub or two to enjoy a few pints.

The Streets of Klikenny

Kilkenny is also home to the Smithwick’s Brewery, but again, since we were there during the holidays, we could not take a tour.

Smithwick's Brewery, Kilkenny, Ireland

For anyone who may have sampled a bottle of Smithwick’s, you will notice the label brandishes a simple castle motif.  No doubt inspired by the centerpiece of its hometown, Kilkenny Castle.

Kilkenny Castle

All photos included in this post were taken with my Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

I decided to follow one of the golden rules with this weeks challenge:

Keep it Simple, Stupid.

As I simply stepped out the back door, and started taking pictures of our second favorite room in the house.  Our deck.

Our Deck!

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Simply our Deck

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Our Deck

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Our Deck

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Our Deck

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Final Deck Picture

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For more pictures of lines and patterns, please visit:

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A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – ARCH

There are so many photography sights with such great ideas.  I just found this one today, So I thought I would give it a try.

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/a-word-a-week-challenge-arch/

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

This picture is from the same location as my Weekly Photo Challenge, but this time I am under the castle.  And since it is actually a picture of me, it should be obvious that I didn’t take the picture.  My lovely wife snapped this shot after I climbed up into the arch.

Looking forward to seeing what next weeks word will be!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Welcome to Dunluce Castle.

Dunluce Castle

Near Portrush in Northern Ireland, the castle was built some time in the 13th century.

Dunluce Castle

Abandoned in 1690, it was left to deteriorate.

Dunluce Castle

Nature took it’s toll.

Dunluce Castle

Bringing the castle’s inside, out.

Inside Dunluce Castle

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For more views from the inside, please visit:

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Stab City

Going through my camera bag, and I realized there is a bunch of great stuff I have not shared.  I am not sure how time got away from me.

This past Christmas and New Year, we took my mom and dad on a trip to Ireland.  For Maureen and I, it was a return trip.  We had gone there for our honeymoon two years earlier.  But for mom and dad and the rest of the family, it was their first time.

Maureen and I took to the air a little earlier than everyone else, flying out of Chicago on December 23rd, and landing in Manchester, England for an 8 hour layover on Christmas Eve.  A rainy morning, we took the train into the city and walked about the wet streets.  Although I am sure there are many lovely things to see in Manchester, our tired bodies were really just not ready for the walk we forced ourselves to take, and the highlight was a Full English Breakfast (eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms,beans, fried toast and blood sausage), and a strong cup of coffee.  I ate everything except the blood sausage.

Manchester, England

We did manage to take this exhausted picture of us outside Manchester Cathedral before heading back to the airport.  And once we got back to the airport, my body shut down.  I do not sleep on airplanes, so when we found a couch, my body sent me into an instant coma.

After a 45 minute flight, a fight at the car rental counter, and about two hours on the road, we finally arrived at our intended destination, Stab City.  Limerick seems to have gotten a bad reputation over the years, and it was given the unwelcome title of Stab City, but we found the town quite welcoming.  Our stay was very short, but we enjoyed a Christmas morning walk along the River Shannon.  On our way to the river, we took some pictures at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Along the river, we found King John’s Castle.

King John's Castle

King John’s Castle was finished in the year 1212, and although portions of the castle were lost during the Siege of Limerick in 1642, what remains is still the original structure.

Much of the city was closed for the holiday, but we still met some people walking along the river that morning, and the local wildlife seemed to enjoy the nice weather that morning too.

River Shannon - Limerick, Ireland

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

I guess you can say this weeks challenge helped change my own Point of View about the two pictures I have picked.  To be honest, I really did not like them when I first took them, but when I looked at them again based on this weeks theme, I found them to be quite interesting.

The subject matter is one of my favorites, the City of Chicago.  But this is not the view of the skyline that most people are accustomed to seeing when they visit this great city.  When I took the photos, I was exploring the contrast between light and dark within one space, so I intentionally took the pictures while standing inside a darkened space, looking out into the daylight.

Unusual POV - Chicago

The photo was taken from inside a bar at U.S. Cellular Field, looking north through a large picture window.  At first, I didn’t even notice the people sitting at the table to the left.

Unusual POV - Chicago 2

In the second photo I framed the city a little better in the window, but still kept the whole view off center.  The reflections are from the lights inside the bar.

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For more Unusual Points of View, please visit:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/unusual/