One-Word Sunday: WALL

The theme this week of Travel with Intent’s One-Word Sunday is WALL.

Here’s the wall of self’s room at River Mill, Northern Ireland, where she spent April writing.

Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: LILAC

Self has the perfect picture for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt — LILAC — evening sky over Belfast, late April.

Self was on her first-ever visit to Belfast. She’d originally planned to go in 2017, but ended up going to the Philippines instead. Then, the pandemic intervened. So it wasn’t until April 2022 that she finally boarded a flight from San Francisco to this (to her) almost-mythic city (She was a big, big Game of Thrones fan!)

A friend advised her to stay at the Europa. She took this picture from her hotel room. It was about 9 p.m.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crooked or Squiggly

  • This week our topic is celebrating Crooked or Squiggly. Basically anything but straight lines. Just make sure the squiggle or crooked part is clearly visible in your photo. Have fun.

— Cee Neuner

YAY, another Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge!

For this challenge, self decided to focus on paths.

Two of these pictures were taken at River Mill, County Down, Northern Ireland.

The last picture was taken at Belfast’s Botanic Garden.

Monday Windows: Ballyclander Road, County Down, Northern Ireland

Yes, self knows it is no longer Monday. Nevertheless.

Love Monday Windows. Windows have always been some of her favorite things to photograph.

This one’s the stone house next to River Mill. A family lives in it. She loves that they kept the stone facade, so it looks integrated into the landscape. There is another house across the road, but this one was built from the ground up, in grey concrete, ugh.

Flower of the Day: Deciduous Magnolias

From the beautiful garden at River Mill, County Down, Northern Ireland:

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Thursday Trios: Various

The host of this challenge is Mama Cormier.

Ardglass Beach, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Ballyclander Road, Co. Down, Northern Ireland


At home during a storm

Lens-Artists Challenge # 196: HUMOR

Thank you to John for coming up with the great theme! As he explains:

I’m occasionally accused of having a (weird, warped?) sense of humor, so my first thoughts for a theme were: humor, humorous, fun, funny, pleasing or pleasurable. Objective, subjective? Simple, nuanced? Can we photograph such an abstract, humanoid concept?

I hope, as this is published, we can still find at least a corner of our lives for some humor. ‘We must keep our sense of humor, sometimes it’s all we have left.’

Self has spent most of April in County Down, Northern Ireland. It’s a lovely, peaceful place, filled with sheep, lambs, cows, horses, and myriads of birds. The animals just did not know what to make of self and would stare. And stare. And stare.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Rossglass Beach Again

Self just found out about the Wordless Wednesday challenge. Not sure if it’s supposed to follow a particular theme.

Anyhoo, here’s a picture that is beyond all words. Birds, birds, birds flying overhead as she tried to capture them in mid-flight. She took many pictures, this one was the only one that wasn’t blurred.

Rossglass Beach, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Water Water Everywhere: Rossglass Beach, Northern Ireland

Rossglass Beach, County Down, is one of the most beautiful beaches self has ever seen. Truly spectacular. Don’t know if time of day (sunset) had anything to do with it, but most likely. The beach was empty except for a few teen-agers, who were having the best time in the frigid water, in just their skivvies.

Posting for Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Challenge:

Monday Windows: River Mill, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Love windows, all kinds of windows. Thanks to Ludwig Keck for hosting the Monday Windows Challenge. These windows are from River Mill, a beautiful place in County Down, just a little ways from Ardglass. Run as an artists retreat by poet Paul Maddern, it’s got everything: a beautiful garden, a calm atmosphere, and five-star cooking by Paul!

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