Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting … Moments

This week’s photo challenge invites us to consider the notion of fleeting.

As it turns out I’ve selected six images ~ two equestrian; two sunsets; two at Niagara Falls, representing moments where I stood still and observed the fleeting exchanges around me.

Love those moments …

Enjoy!

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shout Outs

Cyclocross2012

Alien Shores

Jeff Sinon Photography

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Weekly Photo Challenge: [Great] Escapes

This week’s photo challenge highlights Escape.

Herewith two interpretations …

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Naughty Lambs

A gap in the hedge offers a perfect escape route for these mischievous wooly babies in Kildare, Ireland.
I guess it would be safe to say they’re on the lam[b]. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Great Escape

And my favourite escape ~ time spent on the back of a horse enjoying Mother Nature in all her glory.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shout Outs

The Urge to Wander

Creativity Aroused

Today, On Earth

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above … Fallen Flowers … Lismore, Ireland

Fallen in pink

This week’s photo challenge asks us to look from above.

I like to look up, but I also look down sometimes too. You never know what wonders you’ll find at your feet.

We were walking through the gardens of Lismore Castle in Ireland in spring and I noticed this bed of pink blossoms. I don’t know what they are. I love flowers but am not an expert.

I simply adored the colour and glory they exuded in their withering state.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up … Enjoy the View!

Thanks to this week’s photo challenge we get to look up.

What a great theme!

I love to look up and have made a habit of doing so whenever and wherever we travel.

There’s so much to see, don’t you agree?

Remember to look up … ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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Shout Outs

Mapping Chattanooga

Cheryl Andrews

A New Day

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Celebrating a Blogging Milestone … Thank You, Followers All

Three AmigosAn exciting day in the the “Eyes to Heart” webisphere. We’ve topped 300 followers!!!

I thought I’d celebrate this auspicious occasion by re-posting a favourite equine image captured in Ireland two years ago. I call it ย “The Three Irish Amigos.”

At the time we were actually stopped along a country road in Co. Kildare so I could photograph a church. Curiousย about the unusual activity,ย as horses usually are,ย these boys in a field behind me ambled over to see what I was up to. How could I resist? These beautiful Irish Hunters certainly deserved a little attention of their own, so we hung out over the fence, they posed nicely and I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

A warm thank you to all my visitors, but especially to those who have opted to follow along on this important journey to finding, and engaging, my voice. You will never know what it means to me to have you in my stable of blogging friends and supporters.

And what a lovely excuse to enjoy these beautiful boys all over again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Be well and thanks for visiting …

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Spring Cheer … Bunratty Folk Park, Co. Clare, Ireland

Irish Daffodils

My spirits are low today, so I’m back in my image archives looking for some signs of spring to cheer me up.

Perhaps there’s nothing more cheerful than a spray of fresh daffodils.

These lovely, yellow blooms adorned the window of an old cottage at the Bunratty Folk Park in Co. Clare, Ireland when we visited two springs ago. The cottage actually displayed the work of a local potter and we liked this little vase so much we bought one just like it.

As I sit and reflect upon this warm image, I am reminded that with each passing, dark cloud comes a silver lining.

I know this cloud that hovers so menacingly over me at the moment will pass, so I just need to experience it for what it is, take care of my self, and not make any hasty decisions about anything. It’s a challenge and terribly uncomfortable, but I’ll make it through.

For when it passes how much brighter will be the day, and sunny, like these cheerful daffodils.

Happy first day of spring!

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Wonderful Surprise … Inch Beach, Co. Dingle, Ireland

Inch

My Irish ancestors must be hovering, for as we lead up to St. Patrick’s Day my mind is full of the beautiful images, and my heart of the warm feelings, I collected when we were last in the Emerald Isle.

The copy for this post is taken from an old one which, I noticed as I went through the archives, was missing its image. So, I’m reposting with new images.

Happy three days before St. Patrick’s Day!

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Inch is an odd name for a sandy beach that stretches for three miles.

I remember when I first saw it … I could hardly believe my eyes.

We’d been wending our way through the narrow, curvy, undulating roads of the Dingle Peninsula, our destination Killarney. The dramatic hills were shrouded in mist and intermittent showers dampened our course. Yet, around every corner, it seemed, popped a panoramic surprise .

Inch Beach* was one such surprise.

We stopped, of course, and as there was a lull in the rain I suggested we take a stroll.

On the Beach

Tourists were few and far between so finding a swath of beach to call our own for a few minutes was easy.ย But for the wind’s bluster, the roar of the surging tide and the occasional caw of a seagull, all was peaceful.ย We walked the expansive beach until we met the tide and walked back again to the car, arriving just in time to beat the rain.

It’s another treasured memory of our trip to Ireland, mostly because it was such a wonderful surprise.

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* Inch Beach was the beach location for the film “Ryan’s Daughter.”

Spring Contemplation … Dromoland Castle Grounds, Co. Clare, Ireland

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A stroll through the beautiful grounds of Dromoland Castle is the perfect place to contemplate an Irish spring.

I fell in love with Ireland when we visited for three weeks in Spring 2011. The combination of its raw beauty, colourful history, love of the horse and my Irish ancestry is what draws me.

I will return one day … soon.

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Light Play … Black Abbey, Kilkenny, Ireland

Praying

Time has a way of marching on. We change. We grow. My website gets out of date.

So, I’ve been spending some time lately, in the evenings when my battery is recharging, updating my portal to the world, in particular my photo galleries. One at a time, so it’s not too overwhelming.

This week I’m working on my “Impressions of Ireland.”

Visiting the old churches of Europe is one of my favourite activities when we travel. In particular, my eye is drawn to the play of light from stained glass windows.

In Kilkenny, Ireland, we visited The Black Abbey. This beautiful old church is resplendent with stained glass, including the “Rosary Window” — the largest stained glass window in Ireland. In fact, there is so much light play one hardly knows where to look first.

I captured many images, but this is my favourite. The outline on the stone column clearly shows a figure reflected from the stained glass window across the aisle. To me it looks as if the person depicted is praying.

Or do you see something different?

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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