Views of Ireland

It was too beau­ti­ful to be real

I loved this lit­tle spot when we had a chance to visit Ire­land two years ago.   So when an on-line work­shop asked us to describe a pic­ture in a way that was dis­tinctly Ire­land, I imme­di­ately thought of this.    Here is the descrip­tion I wrote and hope­fully the teacher will like it.  I thought you would enjoy it as well.

The old arch had the soft, gray look you get used to when you see stone in Ire­land.  The con­stant mois­ture  and the moss that grows absolutely every­where in the coun­try cause a dis­tinc­tive patina to any build­ing or nat­ural out­crop­ping that just can­not be faked.  That told me that this gate had been here for a while;  then the over­hang­ing branches shaded the path, giv­ing it a mys­te­ri­ous air beck­on­ing me to find out what lay beyond.  The open wrought-iron gate enticed me even fur­ther  and I couldn’t resist.  I had to look.  It was almost mag­i­cal, walk­ing through that cov­ered bower to peak through the door­way to see what was on the other side.  No wor­ries!  It was just another part of the century-old gar­den, but it was such an entranc­ing sight, that I returned to it over and over again and took mul­ti­ple shots from vary­ing angles.

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