So it’s raining here so Lori has to teach her workshop inside. No trip to the sea right now, although I think it is gonna clear up later. Having a cup of coffee and Sandie and I are gonna go out and do a little shopping and shooting (photos) hopefully later today we’ have fun shots. Until then, here’s some from yesterday.
We started our day with a traditional Irish breakfast of eggs, potatoes, beans, brown bread, sausage, yogurt, fruit and “puddin” as I was told. The “puddin” which I really liked was blood pudding by the way, and all I know is that it had pork in it.
Inistioge, pronounced in-ish-tigue, is a quaint village about an hour from Wexford. It has long been associated with St. Columba (Colmcille). It was a beautiful day for the most part, and Lori did 3 great paintings while Sandie and I explored with our cameras. The rain started in the afternoon so we HAD to go into a pub to stay dry, so of course we got a Smithwick’s Irish beer!
We looked across the River Nore and there was a beautiful horse playing.
And of course another meal and an Irish pub to finish the day. Tuesday we’re off to the sea and a place called Kilmore Quay. It’s raining but that won’t stop us!
We made it to Wexford! The flight was great, then we took a bus to Wexford. We traveled through some beautiful green country side. Sheep grazing in the fields, sun shining and beautiful clouds.
We walked to the Whites Hotel and left our bags while we strolled through the town. I’m just posting a couple of photos to get you started. Today we go to Inistioge village in county Kilkenny. Can’t wait! Lori will paint and Sandie and I will play photographers.
So top o’ the mornin’. More later. Oh and they have an official Irish language. More on that later. And this bottom photo was taken from our hotel window.
I’m about to head to the Nashville airport and board a plane for Wexford, Ireland. I’m told it’s very green there. I can’t wait! I have an Irish great great great great grandfather named Neddy Jacobs. He came to America in the 1770’s and was shipwrecked off the coast of North Carolina. He married an Native American woman from the Lumbee tribe named Layula. They made their way to Lebanon Springs, Tennessee and helped settled the town now called Lebanon. So, I have a connection to Ireland. Everyone should know who they are and where they came from. The ancestors before you helped to make YOU the person you are today. Genetics, karma, whatever you want to call it, it’s the past that makes the present. Learn as much as you can about their lives, their struggles, their successes. Pass it to your children so they can learn too.
I walk every day. As I returned to my car on Thursday, I saw this dragonfly perched on my antennae. I said “hello” and got in my car and opened the sunroof, and he was still there. I pulled out my trusty iPhone and took his picture. When I came home I thought that it must be a good omen for my trip! As I looked closely at the photo, I noticed how delicate and intricate the wings are. I thought I’d share this with you. Look at the wings, so light and delicate, yet they can carry the dragonfly through strong winds and fierce storms, and still survive. Lesson there?
I’ll see you next from the coast of Ireland.
Here’s a couple more iPhone photos for you to enjoy.
“Peace Rose, Peace Grows” This rose is from my husband Dan’s rose garden. This year the roses were so beautiful. In the spring they seemed to bloom like never before. My mom passed away in April 2011, her name was Theda Rose….need I say more! She used to always tell me, “Toni, you need to slow down, you need to stop and smell the roses!” I’m listening now Theda Rose!
“Morning Meditation” The next photo was also taken with the iPhone on my walk early one morning at Shelby Bottoms. Walking in nature is my meditation. Find your own way to connect to spirit and do it every day. See and feel the powerful energy in nature. Peace
Good Sunday morning to all. Recently I have been reading about “iPhoneography.” I found it to be very interesting and exciting. As a photographer, I remember a time not too long ago, when I swore I would never give up my Canon FTB film camera. Wrong! Then there was a time that I would not give up my Canon D60 digital for a smaller point and shoot. Wrong again! then I got an iPhone and wow, what a handy tool! I carry my phone everywhere. I read an ebook by Dan Burkholder, photographer, and he has done some amazing photos with his phone. His app suggestions further enhance this photographic experience.
There are thousands of apps for the phone and the iPad. You can spend hours getting lost in the beautiful world of photography! I just got the iPhone 4s, and the camera is even better. I will be posting some of the new photos soon.
Today’s photo is Queen Ann’s Lace, from Shelby Bottoms, a beautiful nature area and walking trail next to the Cumberland River in Nashville TN. I walk there every day. It only takes a minute to stop and really look at what is all around you. Beauty is everywhere.
Ok I thought I would try this blog thing for my upcoming trip to Ireland. My artist friend Bettye Harwell has taught me many things, and WordPress is her suggestion. I’ll start today by just trying to get it running from my iPad.
The web has so many possibilities. I’m excited that I am able to share my crazy world with the rest of the world. My posts may seem a little “scattered” inconsistent, but that is the way my artistic mind works. Why should we all live in a cookie cutter world. So, here goes! The photo of the day is simply to see if I can make this thing work! Thanks Bettye!