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PhotoEx:Ireland | Day 9

I must say I was rather excited that I was put on blog today, because we had the most epic day in the history of mankind. Today we went to The Burren and, (my absolute favorite thing of the trip so far) the Cliffs of Moher. And I wish I could display the beauty of the scape, but I am never going to be able to show you the real beauty in my photography, if you really want to soak in the true masterpiece, you will have to go see it yourself.

Irish Abbey by Madey Edlin

We started the day at a 12th century abbey, that was amazing, the sun was shining, which made all us photographers happy.  Then we moved into the Burren land of Ireland, a space of land where there is nothing but flat rocks covering the earth. Edmund Ludlow explained the Burren as, “(Burren) is a country where there is not enough water to drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury him…… ” It really is amazing, the hills look like they have been paved. There is nothing but rocks for miles. The first thing we stopped at in the Burren was the Poulnabrone portal tomb, where approximately 44 people were buried with their treasure, it dates back to around 4200 BC to 2900 BC.  

Poulnabrone Portal Tomb by Madey Edlin

Then we went to The Cliffs of Moher, and that was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. They are 712 feet tall, with a crazy blue ocean crashing at their base, and green grass growing on the tops. This was one the most amazing masterpiece that God has created, at least that I have seen so far.

Cliffs of Moher

Then the day was topped off by a heard of sheep on the road, blocking the traffic, another highlight of the trip, and a bowl of Irish stew in Galway. Yes, you should be here.

Madey Edlin by Rowan Gillson

Madey Edlin

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PhotoEx:Ireland | Day 8

Ireland… yes I can’t believe it…I’M IN IRELAND! WOOT WOOT!! 😀  One thing that has surprised me on this trip is the fact that it’s warm(ish) and sunny instead of cold and rainy.

PhotoEx:Ireland by Sara Hutton

Ok so you want to hear about our day??

Well after eating a sweet breakfast of frosted flakes and toast ( ohh so nutritious…and tasty) we got into our respective “vans”  and bolted out of Tralee.

PhotoEx:Ireland by Sara Hutton

After making a “quick” stop at a fake wind mill, for the people in Steve the Lemur, we headed to the cute little town of Dingle.

We made our way down the peninsula, stopping along the way to take fantastical photographs in typical IPS fashion.

PhotoEx:Ireland by Sara Hutton

After returning to Dingle to do some shopping we rushed off to catch a ferry to get us across the river Shannon.

Now, I’m sitting in the Rowan Tree Hostel in the town of Ennis becoming more excited by the minute for what adventures lay ahead.?

Sara Hutton by Rowan Gillson

Good Night from Ireland!

I wonder just how many pubs are in Ireland??

Sara Hutton

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PhotoEx:Ireland | Day 7

Today, I lost an earring on a skellig. Skellig Michael to be more specific. I threw the other one in the Atlantic.

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Skelllig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Today, I witnessed the most beautiful sight I have ever seen in my short life.  On a scale of one to ten, it was a seventeen.

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Skellig Michael is an island off the coast of Portmagee, Ireland. It rises out of the ocean, 10 miles from the mainland. Christian monks lived there from 600 thru 1300, when they were driven away by harsh Atlantic storms. Awe is the only word I know to describe the feeling that came over me when I stood on the top of that mountain. What would make someone want to live on a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? What would possess them to stay there for hundreds of years?! I can’t fathom what it would take to row a boat 10 miles from the main land just to live in pure solitude, fully dedicating my life to God and nothing and no one else. How different would my life be if I had that kind of dedication? How many others lives would be changed if I could be even just a little bit like those monks?  If I could fully grasp the beauty of life lived fully for God, if I could just capture that in a photograph, how would the world see Him?

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Skellig Michael by Alyssa Yoder

Atop Skellig Michael by Judson Alphin

Alyssa Yoder

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PhotoEx:Ireland | Day 6

I’m not sure what I can say that would adequately describe to you our day in Ireland! It is simply beyond my power of the written word. So let me begin by telling you that I for one am feeling VERY BLESSED to be here and enjoy the glory of God that surrounds us here in Ireland.  Watching the sun sparkle on the Atlantic Ocean as we traveled the coast line today was an experience, that I NEVER want to forget. Today I pondered God’s grace and goodness to me specifically. At the last minute before this trip I was faced with the difficult decision of possibly having to stay behind. In God’s goodness he brought me on this journey despite all the difficulties.  As I have made this journey and begun my trip God has blessed me with his unending grace and provided me with the strength I have needed to get through everyday. Today I was blessed with not just getting through my day, but He also granted me the ability to truly enjoy my day to the fullest. It is a breathtaking feeling to KNOW God is holding you in His hands and carrying you along every step of the way.

PhotoEx:Ireland by Kristina Cowan

Today we drove along in “Faster” (the current name of our car according to Judson), across the coastline with Judson capably guiding us along with some help from Kennan, and Mabel (GPS). I have decided that “Faster” is the awesomest car to be in on this trip. 😉 We stopped at many scenic spots along the way around the coastline… I would say today was all about the journey, and not the destination, which was amazing! I fell in love with the coast here… I would LOVE to live here!
We made a stop at Staige Fort, it was built around 1300 B.C. It was comprised of large flattish rocks all piled on top. It was very interesting. I loved sitting and thinking about the people that built it and life might have been like way back then. I can’t IMAGINE how long it took to stack all the rocks the way they did… must have taken a LOT of perseverance!

Today was a day of learning for me as well. It was my first day to ever try shooting HDR. I had a blast figuring it out and trying to practice. So, you all will be getting to see my first HDR photo EVER!

PhotoEx:Ireland by Kristina Cowan

Once we arrived in Portmagee for the night Sara Q took Rowan and Jocelyn out to take engagement pictures right before sunset… I for one, can’t WAIT to see how they turned out because I know they are going to be AMAZING! At sunset we all headed to the beach to enjoy the perfect hour lighting, even if it was a tad cold.
As I sit here and think back on the day, I think the thought I would like to leave you with is this. Can you see God around you? Are you taking the time to stop, appreciate, and give Him the glory for all that He is doing in you and around you? If not, I urge you to stop and take the time to do this. There is nothing so dear as to be able to feel His presence surround you and shine around you through the glory of all that He has made. Your life will never be the same!

PhotoEx:Ireland by Kristina Cowan

Kristina Cowan

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PhotoEx:Ireland | Day 5

Today we started out in Kilkenny, Ireland, such a cool place! This town of twenty thousand, about two hours from Dublin, was our first one night stop of the trip. So the day started out with us all stuffing ourselves in two very small Europe style cars, and if you know Europe, that means bags on lap if you want to fit in the car. After a little bit we left Kilkenny-three hour road trip thru Ireland ahead fun fun fun!

Rock of Cashel by Daniel Walsh

Our stop before going to our hostel was the castle of Cashel. Wow, this place words could not explain! The moment you looked at the castle you are awe struck, truly incredible, and when something is truly incredible that means your photos are going to be awesome.

Rock of Cashel by Daniel Walsh

And that’s how my awesome day in the castle of Cashel went awesome.

Kilkenny by Daniel Walsh

Daniel Walsh by Rowan Gillson

Daniel Walsh

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