Ireland: Yet Another Aside…

A banker reminded me recently that capitalism creates more wealth than any other economic system. It just creates it very unevenly. I think that it also treats disenfranchised people with little to no kindness at all–harkening back to that whole notion of “survival of the fittest.” And as jobs have been outsourced abroad to those willing to work for wages… Continue reading

Ireland Video

I kept forgetting as I traveled that my Canon 5d Mark II will shoot HD video! However, at a few dramatic moments, I remembered. You will see that the 75mph wind gusts were just impossible, I couldn’t hold the camera steady, even when it was affixed to an immovable surface! The video, though short, is presented almost in HD and… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Eight – Dublin, My Final Day

  Dublin is a very busy city. As I was out and about last night, I noticed how very young everyone was. But, I just thought that I was in the city centre area near Trinity College. I was just in college town. However, I’ve been told that, astoundingly, over 50% of the population of Dublin is under the age… Continue reading

Ireland: In Residence in a Castle

I’ve never spent the night in a castle before this trip to Ireland. In fact, I’ve never even seen a real castle before this trip. The experience was most interesting. The castle grounds are spectacular. The heavily wooded spaces (virtual forests), and the green grass (most typically golf courses) were expansive beyond belief. Driving beyond the massive stone and gated… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Seven – Ashford Castle to Dublin

One of my strange habits is placing the camera on the table and shooting the restaurant in which I’m eating. I use a wide angle and a long exposure with no flash. It’s weird, I know. But take a look at this photo shot in the Dungeon Café, a literal dungeon, in the Ashford Castle last night.   Today was… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Six – The Ashford Castle

  Yesterday was exhausting: the weather at the Cliffs of Moher (working against intense wind is just exhausting), the excitement of the Cliffs and discovering the beautiful area of Doolin, and then the drive for hours (mostly in the dark) in unfamiliar areas that are flooded. The Irish Independent stated today that the flooding has exceeded all known records. It’s… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Five – Cliffs of Moher and More

  Today the weather provided periods of sunshine (and sudden downpours), so… back to the Cliffs of Moher with wind gusts of up to 120kph (almost 75mph!). I can’t describe this place: the view, the wind, the cold, the drama of nature. One of the guys who works at the park told of a man who got lifted off of… Continue reading

Ireland: Another Aside

Tonight I’m staying in a castle, the Dromoland Castle, built in 1543, just a few years before Pensacola, Florida, my hometown, was first established. I can’t wait to shoot pictures of it tomorrow. Also, the heads of government around the country of Ireland must be reading my blog and took immediate action [this of course is my sense of humor.].… Continue reading