Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

My wife and I have been to Northern Ireland twice, and one of our favorite places is The Giant’s Causeway.  But just down the road from the causeway is another stop that is just as amazing, and also quite an adventure.

The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

The bridge itself does span quite a descent, but that is not why it makes this weeks challenge, it is the descent down to the bridge.

Descent to Carrick-A-Rede

Those people at the bottom of the steep stairway are my wife and myself.

Journey to Carrick-A-Rede

And that first step onto the bridge also presents quite a view of a descent.

Descent off Carrick-A-Rede




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

The complex layers of basalt columns found at The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Layers of the Giant's Causeway

Layers of Rock

Layers of The Giant's Causeway

Layers of the Causeway

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway






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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

I am going to return once more to one of my favorite spots on the planet.  (Although I will have to admit I have a whole lot more exploring to do.) All of the picture below are from our honeymoon trip to the Emerald Isle.  These are from Northern Ireland, an amazing place known as The Giant’s Causeway.  If you are ever in Ireland, make the time to visit.  And stay in Bushmills.  I hear they make some good whiskey there.

Horizon Pathway

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway

The Irish Horizon

What the heck, one more for good measure.

The Horizon Around the Rock




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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.


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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Home Again – The Return from Ireland

We just got back last night, and as soon as we dropped our bags at the front door, Maureen and I lapsed into a coma like state, and slept for the next twelve hours.  The trip was a success.  I am sure I will post much more later, but here is a quick retrospect of our trip to Ireland.

We started with an eight-hour layover in Manchester, were we got to take a look at Manchester Cathedral.

Manchester Cathedral

Next stop was Limerick.  This photo is of the Treaty Stone, marking the Treaty of Limerick in 1691.  Limerick Castle is in the background across the river.

The Treaty Stone

From there it was a quick drive to Kilkenny to see another castle, and a really neat town.

Kilkenny Castle

Next up was five days in Dublin with my family.  There will be a lot more on that later.  Pictured below is Kilmainham Gaol, the old Irish jail.

Kilmainham Gaol

On New Year’s Day, we drove up to one of our favorite cities the last time we were in Ireland, and that was Belfast.  We arrived after dark, and as we wandered the city center we found a sculpture entitled, “The Spirit of Belfast.”

The Spirit of Belfast

Our final destination was Bushmills, although we did return to Belfast for one more night to meet up with friends before we had to head home.  This is St. John the Baptist Church.

St. John the Baptist Church