This is my five-hundredth blog post and the last photos of our recent holiday
on the West coast of Co Clare.
It would be fair to title this photo 'Ancient and Modern'.
In the foreground is the traditional curach which has been in use for centuries
by the inshore fishermen of Ireland.
Modern lobster and crab pots made of steel.
My eye was caught by the high trees, so close to the shore, an unusual sight
in this part of Clare for you can travel for miles without seeing any at all.
The glorious limestone of the Burren dominates all
and provides an eye stopping backdrop.
The small harbour of Ballyvaghan and a large old anchor
The houses of Ballyvaghan seem to cling to the shore for survival,
squashed as they are between the Burren hills and the sea.
Further along the coast is Fanore beach with its sand dunes.
I imagine that it may be a good place to fish with a rod and line
given the right conditions.
In the foreground are the feeding grounds of sea birds as well as herons and egrets.
The rocky isles are almost totally covered by the high tides each day.
Night falls slowly and the sea has a particular look about it
that says winter is not far away.
The ever-present elements of wind powered waves crash upon coastal rocks
to shape the land that we call home.
My great appreciation and thanks to everyone who visits and reads this blog
and please leave me a comment for it is nice know who has visited.