I don’t suppose one needs to live a life of perpetual astonishment. After all it’s adaptive to forget. Our daily grind is perhaps easier to endure in a state of mild amnesia. Muscle memory sets in, routine takes over, and one day seems the same as any other. But days go by, the years hum along, and one can careen towards senility without being unduly startled by anything at all. Surely, there are times when we must be released from our moorings and free ourselves up to notice the peculiarities of everyday life.
Liam Heneghan on travel, at Aeon.co. Photo, the Liffey River, Dublin.
Brexit, which was supposed to be about “taking back control” from Brussels, has actually given a great deal of control to a Northern Irish party that no one in Britain votes for.
- Fintan O’Toole op-ed in the New York Times.
Belfast Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Padraig stops Declan and asks for the quickest way to the pub.
Declan asks, “Are you walking or driving?”
Padraig: “I’m driving.”
Declan slaps Padraig on the back and says, “That’s the quickest way.”
Making our way to Svalbard for the #TSE2015 total solar eclipse on Friday, we made a stop in Belfast for Van Morrison in concert at the Europa Hotel, a small venue, 300 ticket show last night. Now it’s onward to Oslo and Svalbard.
Where better for Christmas? Here’s an HDR of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. Click it to make it bigger, and see a few hundred more HDR photos on EarthPhotos.com. Happy holidays.
Here are a few processed photos from two weeks ago in Ireland. All these and a few more on in the Ireland Gallery at EarthPhotos.com, where a few more are added every day. Click any of ’em to make ’em bigger.
This is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, downtown. It looks better bigger.
Food counter, Dublin.
Fishmonger at Howth, out on the coast.
The Guinness factory, Dublin.
Sign in a pub, Dublin.
The lighthouse at Howth, on canvas.
Downtown Dublin at night.
Still editing this, but I’m liking the initial results of stitching four photos together to arrive at this panorama of the Liffey River at sunset in Dublin, one day last week. It’ll make it to the Ireland gallery on EarthPhotos.com when it’s all clean and pretty. The full-sized version is a little over a meter long:
Update: A larger, revised version is now posted here and here.