Black Valley Mountain Ring

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Photo Friday Theme – Mountain

This photo was from The Lake Hotel in Killarney, which is nestled on the lake of Lough Lein, Killarney’s lower lake. The magnificent view has a backdrop of the mountain-ringed Black Valley and the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins.

I would love to go back to explore the Killarney National Forest!


Inisheer Landscape


Photo Friday theme – Gray

I took this shot off the coast of County Clare, Ireland when exploring the Aran Islands. We spent the day on Inisheer, the smallest of the islands.  The gray limestone throughout the island landscape is truly grand as well as the island’s many stone walls.

This photo is of grikes (crevices) in the surface. They provide moist shelter for a wide range of plants.  When the limestone pavement is covered by a thin layer of soil, patches of grass are seen, interspersed with plants like the gentian and orchids. (information from wikipedia)


Rainbow Bridge

LakePowellPhoto Friday Theme – Panorama by Kim

This was one of my favorite vacations with our close friends where we rented a houseboat for a week on Lake Powell. We spent the day playing on jet skis, tubing, and the slide from the top of the houseboat! We docked at different locations every few days enjoying each of the breathtaking views, enjoying conversation, friendship and family time!

One of the days, we took a trip to Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah. We reached this destination by boat on Lake Powell. After docking, there was a short walk up to the majestic arch. We took many photos of the area but were not permitted to walk under Rainbow Bridge because, it said, the American Indians consider it a sacred religious site.

A Day in the Clouds

Kerry Beach

Moody by Kim O’Neill

On our trip to Ireland, we were all looking forward to driving the Ring of Kerry.  Unfortunately, it was our only rainy and foggy day. We (of course) made the best of this and went on a total adventure taking a ferry to Kings Town and driving down very narrow roads with 6 feet high greenery on either side.

This shot was taken near the lighthouse on the Island of Valentia. We never did get in to see the lighthouse or the outer islands,  but took some shots of all of us on the beach. The look was moody but beautiful and it was time to get on the road again!


Greener Pastures

greener pastures

Photo Friday Theme – Green by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on the west coast of Ireland in the area of Slieve League. Incredible shoreline and breathtaking cliffs made it a sight now to be missed (except for the other half of our group learning “Gaelic Football”) We even had the true movie experience where the bus had to wait for sheep to cross the road!

This was such a memorable trip. Today we leave again for Ireland… minus the bus and 60+.  This time it’s a party of four driving ourselves into a new adventure.


PS: Wishing the Maureen/Caitlin’s girls from our last trip much success in Montreal for the 2014 Irish Dance Championships!

Overlooking Inisheer

Meg reflects on Inishmore

Photo Friday Theme – Alive by Kim O’Neill

This was one of those amazing days that you are grateful for. We were on a tour of Ireland with my daughter’s dance school and took a ferry out to the Aran Islands for the day. We rented bikes and toured all around Inishmore. It was a perfect way to see the island. At the highest point we explored around a ruin and Megan took time to reflect on her day. It was definitely a great day to be remember always!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.

Hiking Hackelberry


Photo Friday Theme – In The Wild

John loves to hike and he knows I love photography so we decided to do a photo hike in a new area out by Long Valley called Hacklebery State Park. It was a good hike especially along the Black River where you  were climbing over rocks. I didn’t love the uphill climbs as it reminded me how out of shape I am.  We stuck to the hike along the water but there were definitely miles and miles of wilderness around. I always try to imagine how the first explorers felt when first exploring different places.

After our hike, we stopped off at the Cider Mill Farms for some homemade goodies and coffee. Lovely family place!


Swiftly They Fall


Photo Friday Theme – Swift

It is amazing how quickly Autumn passes by.

The leaves quietly start changing among the green landscape and then in a few weeks the colors are abundant, almost distracting you on your errands. Another week passes and most of the bright oranges and reds have turned brown and rust. After a few storms swiftly coming through, there are more leaves on the ground than the trees. I can begin to see the hills beyond the trees again and can see the sunrise and sunsets from my home.

Swiftly the seasons can pass, we have to enjoy the moments.