Street Photography. Saint Stephen’s Green Ireland

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Situated at the top of Dublin’s main shopping thoroughfare, Grafton Street, is one of the most wonderful city parks you could come across. Saint Stephen’s Green, Designed in it’s current form by William Sheppard, opened it’s doors to the general public in 1880, having been privately available to locals since the 1660’s.


The space offers areas to sit on both grass and and seating provided, and now offers a play area for kids with slides and swings etc.


Herron, seagulls, pigeons and small fish share two ponds with wild ducks, swans and other wildlife. There are trees which surround the ponds and areas to go if it rains. The water comes from the Grand canal.


In 1916 rebels controlled the area during the Easter Uprising. One of the men involved with Countess Markievicz was Michael Mallin, there is a statue to commemorate him.

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 ...are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~ William Arthur Ward.   "Sunrise in Bull Island - Dublin, Ireland" Photography by Giuseppe Milo Beautiful image found here. CC BY 2.0

Harbour in Mariehamn, Aland Photographer, Johannes Jansson/ Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)  

The lighthouse Bogskar… the southernmost point of Finland penetrating the surface of the Baltic sea..." ‘I am guarding you—I am your support’ - To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf Image found here.   Some Rights Reserved

From Scotland with love

A beautiful shot of ‘misty Edinburgh’…can’t wait to see more coo pictures.

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Misty Edinburgh is always beautiful

As much as I love my hometown Gdańsk I fell in love with Edinburgh. Those old buildings and streets just stunned me.

Streets of Edinburgh in black and white.

Walking among those beautiful cityscapes I just knew I need to take some photos to capture the life of Edi.

Even in heavy rain there is something magical.

I find Edinburgh very photogenic place. Almost every step brings more and more scenery.

Every shade of city.

My story is in every photo. The City lies in me. I am a part of it.

Even animals look great.

That’s not all. I will show you more – later on!

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Colourful John O’Groats

The World according to Dina

Can you imagine our mood? Dina reads aloud at the breakfast table with haggis and porridge (without whisky today) that John O’Groats is an awful place, grey and ugly. Better make a detour except one wants to take the ferry to the Orkneys like us. Other travelers agreed. Actually we already knew that Britain’s famous northern outpost was shamed being voted the most dismal place in Scotland.
People use to delegate their seeing as well as their judgments to the travel guides” is our dear Master’s commentary crudely mumbled with a full mouth. 

Ach du liebes Lieschen, Dina liest uns morgens bei Haggis und Porridge ohne Whisky im Hotel vor, John O’Groats sei hässlich, grau und unbesuchenswert, außer man möchte zu den Orkneys wie wir. Andere Reisende schlossen sich dieser Meinung an. Dass John O’Groats als hässlichster Ort Schottlands gewählt wurde, hatten wir schon gehört, aber all das konnte unsere…

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GWA8: following Huron

From the pages of tugster: a waterblog

tugster: a waterblog

Although I’m a newbie, this being only my second run on Huron, I suspect this view dominates the experience of crossing Huron, possibly Superior also, which I’ve not traversed.  Huron is the inland sea with the longest shoreline, surrounded by sparse population.  Sarnia, the largest city on Huron has about 70,000; Port Huron, 30,000; and Alpena, 10,000.  Of course, Bay City–population 35,000– lies there also, but at more than 50 miles into Saginaw Bay, it’s a city you go to as a destination, which I need to do soon.  I’m eager to visit all the towns along this lake.

Off to starboard, it’s Thunder Bay, China-built, Seawaymax.

To port, it’s barge Menominee pushed by

Olive L. Moore.  If you look at no other link than this one in this post, check this one for the evolution of this tug since the hull was first laid down in Manitowoc…

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Celebrating St. Columba on the Isle of Iona (Part I)

Iona is as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

“An I mo chridhe, I mo ghraidh. – In Iona that is my heart’s desire, Iona that is my love.”

― Saint Columba

Writing from Scotland

I recently had a very special experience:  I sang with the Scottish Plainsong Choir in Iona Abbey.  As you might know, St. Columba was an early Christian religious leader, who established an abbey on the Isle of Iona:  a small island, off of a larger island, off the West Coast of Scotland.  He is believed to have come to Iona in the year 563.  Legend has it that he and his monks came there from Ireland in small boats called coracles.  He was greatly revered and later became a saint.  His feast day is June 9th.

On St. Columba’s feast day, members of the Scottish Plainsong Choir travelled to Iona from many different parts of Scotland, as well as a few from England.  My own journey began, with a few choir friends, just after 8 am when we took the train, through low mist and rain, to Oban.  From there…

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