Bits & Pieces of the Ireland I Know {photos}

Although I've been fortunate enough to travel to Ireland many times, I tend to be a homebody when there. I'm perfectly happy to ramble around the countryside, take walks in the nearby parks, visit friends and family, take a pint at the local GAA club, and bake with some of the best ingredients in the world.

So, my travel photos are not of the Blarney Stone, they're not of the Cliffs of Moher or the busy streets of Dublin. While all those places are beautiful and worthy of visiting in their own right, I'll stick to home. I prefer the small town land of Derrytresk where my great grandparents ran a general store. The countryside, the surrounding fields, the River Blackwater and the lovely people I've met and grown to adore provide plenty of excitement for me. And many fond memories.

Below are some visual memories of my most recent travel to Ireland.

brach or the whitethorn hedge with red berries or hawsclose up view of a purple anenomediptych of a garden gate and stairway and blackberries close up of a tree brach with orange, red, and gold leavesground level photograph of mushrooms on the forest floora black cow and a white cow rubbing nosesdiptych of two roosters each with black and white feathers close up of a ripe red raspberry on the vinecow looking over the garden wallseveral plums on a cutting board with a knife adjacentseveral small pink-purple flowers and budsdiptych of a winding country path and a small brown bird in a hedgeclose up of roasted hazelnuts on a traybirch tree leaves blowing in the wind with a field in the distance a close up of a sheep close up of green cedar branchesclose up of a plum and hazelnut tart still in the baking pan

I hope that you will come again...

Elizabeth

9 comments :

Liam @GotIreland said...

Hi Elizabeth, 

I came back for some more :) I looked at these pics the last time on my mobile device, but seeing them on the PC screen makes them look even nicer. You seem to know what you're doing while taking pics.I was wondering where Derrytresk is. You mentioned the River Blackwater. There's a river with that name in Cork too, but I was struggling to recall a Derrytresk in Cork. Now I see it's in Tyrone. It must have been so nice to spend a few days enjoying the laid back lifestyle of the Irish countryside.Looking forward to seeing more pics soon :)Liam

aelish said...

Hi Liam - thanks for coming by! I must spend a bit more time looking at how my photos render on mobile phones, RSS readers, etc. Thanks for taking that extra step to come to the webpage...I spend a good bit of time on the photos and they probably look best here. :)

Derrytresk is near Coalisland & Dungannon in Tyrone...small place, but I love it there. It's really such a relaxing place, yes. Would stay there longer if I could! Just published a new post with a few Instagram photos of the area as well...

thanks again for the visit & your comments! Elizabeth

Val said...

Wow stunning photos!! Just amazing.

A Garden of Threads said...

Gorgeous shots. What lens do you use.

aelish said...

 Thanks so much, Val!

aelish said...

 Thank you - the photos in this post were taken with a Pentax 50mm prime lens. It's my go-to lens...love it. Thanks for stopping by and for your feedback. :) 

Mary Howell Cromer said...

From the berries, nuts, leaves, sheep/goats, cows, all so very lovely and charming images...love the brown cow looking over the hedge, would make a splendid greeting card~

aelish said...

 Thanks so much, Mary! People seem to like that brown cow photo...I've gotten quite a few comments on that one!

aelish said...

 Thank you, ├ładaoin! We do indeed. :)