Although I had enjoyed our time in Ireland immensely up to this point, the last four days were the highlight of the trip for me. We had extended our trip on the front- and back-end to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and a “milestone” birthday for Pamela. Let’s just say that she has had multiple celebrations of her 30th birthday.
For the last four days we could wander wherever we wanted to and explore at our leisure. Leaving Ennis, our first destination was the famed Ring of Kerry. Ireland has many peninsulas that jut out into the Atlantic along her eastern shore. The Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula were two that we had researched and were looking forward to experiencing.
The first stop that we made on the Ring of Kerry was Ross Castle. I had seen some awesome photography from there and envisioned a specific shot of the castle taken at night with a beautiful reflection in the still lake surrounding it. Alas, the day we visited was raw and windy. Plus, I could tell that on Ireland’s roads, the easy drive I had envisioned to return to Ross Castle that evening simply wasn’t going to happen. So, I made do with a quick walk around a castle that looked very similar to several others that we had already visited.
To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed and downcast. But, we had many, many other stops to make and I would certainly have other photo opportunities. Then – as is often the case – I found a shot that hadn’t even anticipated. There were several small row boats anchored in a small branch of the lake. I suppose these boats would be rented out on calmer days. On this day, no one was going for quite row on the choppy waters. So, the boats were tied up in a sheltered cove.
I maneuvered around a bit until I was able to isolate one of the boats. I love the way that the brilliant blues contrast with the lush green landscape and stone bridge in the background. I hope you enjoy it as well.