…photographs by an American living in Ireland

Happy Trails

Yesterday, the first of May, was the Celtic festival Lá Bealtaine. Bealtaine is considered a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun’s progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. We celebrated the day and marked the beginning of summer by going down to beach and watching Irish traditional boats race in Galway Bay. The wind was fierce, which was good for the hookers – Irish fishing boats with sails; but not so good for the Currach rowers who were fighting the choppy tide. I took this shot this morning. Nothing says summer like garden snails.
Céad míle fáilte roimh an samhradh: A hundred thousand welcomes to the summer!

3 responses

  1. becky brandt

    Sue – overwhelming beauty in the mundane is the hallmark of true photographic talent. Such a fabulous photograph of the miracles of nature! I mean really, a snail shell or two = magic. Who would have thought? Cheers.

    May 2, 2011 at 14:01

  2. Thanks, Becky!! Very kind words indeed. And I agree; if we cannot find beauty in the mundane, how will be appreciate it in the extraordinary? And what, really, is the difference?

    May 2, 2011 at 14:18

  3. They are so pretty-like cartoon snails!

    May 2, 2011 at 18:35

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