It is that time of the year after the storms when the local farmers start to collect the seaweed for their fields . Looking at this abundant resource that nature provides one is constantly amazed by the painterly richness, color, tones, and textures. Through the decades Aran has inspired many visual artists to create a great diversity of work. To capture the REAL Aran one really needs to spend more than a day to discover the subtle differences between wall styles and the constant play of light. Looking at the body of work created by the Victorian photographer Jane Shackleton on the Aran Islands one realizes that not that much has changed
For more about Jane Shackleton’s photographs see Jane W. Shackleton’s Ireland
On Aran that sense of beauty is evident due to the ongoing management of fields, walls, etc by those who live here and continue to preserve those traditions. For those of you planning your first visit or returning on your annual pilgrimage it is worth remembering one night is not enough.
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Keen Bird Watchers have been known to wait a lifetime to photograph such a rare bird…
Today, at long last, I want to tell you all about Laura and Mitch and their amazing wedding in Ireland. Laura and Mitch originally booked me for an intimate wedding in their hometown in Florida. Then, one day not long after the digital ink had dried, I get an email from Laura. How would I like to go to Ireland? Gosh, I dunno… well maybe HECK YEAH!! And so there we were in Ireland. Just the three of us at sunrise on the Cliffs of Moher (otherwise known to all you loyal Princess Bride fans as The Cliffs of Insanity). And after we spent a thrilling and freezing hour making gorgeous photos at the cliffs, it was time for a ferry ride to the Aran Islands for the actual ceremony, which would occur in the Teampall Chiarain on Inishmor. Their ceremony was performed by a Celtic priest and completely unlike any other wedding ceremony I’ve ever witnessed. It was unquestionably the most intimate and beautiful ceremony I’ve ever been a part of, so much so that I found myself holding my breath more than once during the part of the ceremony inside the temple for fear that someone might notice I was still there. Between you and me, I’ve never seen two people so much in love, and I’m deeply honored to have been a part of their story. And so, here are a few of my favorite photos from Laura and Mitch’s amazing wedding day.