It’s in the details

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Photo Friday Theme- Black and White by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on a recent trip to Ireland where John and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. We were exploring the seaside town of Kinsale with it’s quaint streets and I noticed this detail in one of the windows.

Kinsale has an abundance of lovely, artsy shoppes and excellent restaurants. My favorite meal of our trip was at a restaurant named Fishy Fishy. The salmon was the best I have ever tasted and the mussel appetizer was so sweet, I’ve now become a fan! Brilliant!

Kinsale by Derek Mahon

The kind of rain we knew is a thing of the past –
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say,
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like race-horses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no-one.

 

 

Sitting on the dock of Champlain

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Photo Friday Theme – Sunlight by Kim O’Neill

After dropping Megan at her summer job at Camp Kiniya, John and I headed over to Burlington on Lake Champlain. It was a great to hang out on the dock and watch the sun set over the lake. Every once in awhile you your camera picks up a beautiful ray of sunlight and this was one of those moments.

Greener Pastures

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Photo Friday Theme – Green by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on the west coast of Ireland in the area of Slieve League. Incredible shoreline and breathtaking cliffs made it a sight now to be missed (except for the other half of our group learning “Gaelic Football”) We even had the true movie experience where the bus had to wait for sheep to cross the road!

This was such a memorable trip. Today we leave again for Ireland… minus the bus and 60+.  This time it’s a party of four driving ourselves into a new adventure.

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PS: Wishing the Maureen/Caitlin’s girls from our last trip much success in Montreal for the 2014 Irish Dance Championships!

Simplicity is Beauty

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Theme – Simplicity by Kim O’Neill

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;

to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter. . .

to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring

– these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
-  John Burroughs

Sky Canvas, Summerland Key

Along the Boardwalk

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Photo Friday Theme – Perspective by Kim

After a morning flight, I picked up my rental car and headed straight for the beach. A beautiful morning stroll on Hollywood Beach gave me the right perspective for my adventures ahead and fun perspective through the windows along the beach.

Reel Dancing

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Photo Friday Theme – Movement by Kim

This photo for the theme movement I pulled out of the irish dancing archives at an event before a Florida Panther’s game. I used to love to photograph irish dance. I worked out the timing on all of the dances and knew when to catch those incredible leaps the girls achieve in their reels and jigs!

My daughter Caitlin no longer dances, but I look back at the times with our friends and the beautiful dance as some of my favorites.

PS: Happy Birthday Caitlin!

New Adventures

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Photo Friday Theme - Water by Kim

Water to me is restoring yet invigorating, can be as calm a summer evening or as powerful as the largest waves… needed for all life.

I am drawn to it – whether be lake, stream, waterfall or ocean. It always brings me to a place of peace.

This shot was taken at Split Rock Reservoir where we christened our new kayaks. I am looking forward to many water adventures with my husband.

Kim

Early Morning

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Photo Friday Theme – Early Morning

My favorite time is to be the first up in the morning, put on the coffee and walk outside with my camera.

Those peaceful moments of Gods beauty in nature as a new day dawns, inspire me and a perfect place for photography.

Kim

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:6-7

You Talkin’ to Me?


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Photo Friday Theme – Shadows by Kim

Meet Rue named after a character in the Hunger Games book by my daughter Meg. She is always looking for the warmest spot in the house, so finding a shadow nearby is not hard! What is hard is to not get her half eye-closed or doing that cat thing where they turn away. (I thought teenagers could have attitude!)  Actually she is very cuddly and loving. The “Catitude” only comes occasionally in proportion to how loving she is!

I love this photo as she is snuggled up to the girl’s old stuffed animals.

Runner Up: Bailey’s Fish Obsession:

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This shot is in memory of the 10 large fish that survived the last two winters but not the giant heron who finished them off this morning! Bailey sadly was looking for them this morning with nothing to bark at! I love her shadow in the water as she looks like a true predator!!