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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Watery Wednesday - Ireland's Mount Usher Gardens



It's March when everyone is a little bit Irish, so I'm celebrating with "watery" photos from a gardening tour of Ireland that I went on about 10 years ago. These three photos feature the River Vartry in Mount Usher Gardens in County Wicklow. The gardens are Robinsonian in style because of their naturalistic design. William Robinson was a late 1800s Irish garden designer who departed from the more formal plantings of the time and emphasized a more natural plan where many species of plants from all over the world are planted closely together. In the last two photos you see that the plants and trees almost meet over parts of the river creating magical shadows and reflections on the water.

Want to see some more "watery" photography? Click here for the players.

10 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Mmmmmmmm, dazzling, beautiful countryside!!! I love everything "Irish" of course.

My watery post link: White Pelican 'chit-chat'

Hope you're having a terrific day!!

TexWisGirl said...

that first shot of the water layers coming down is gorgeous. really nice!

Jan n Jer said...

What a gorgeous place Faye. Great shots n I love the reflections in the last one!

Leovi said...

I love those beautiful pictures with a beautiful atsmósfera. A true delight of gardens. Greetings.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s a beautiful place. I could spend a day just shooting there I think. I especially like the first one.

NixBlog said...

Lovely shots of these magnificent gardens. No wonder they call Ireland the Emerald Isle!

Carletta said...

That first shot is how I imagine Ireland - lush and green. :)
Lovely shots Faye!

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh, a gardening tour of Ireland sounds so much like Heaven to me! Lovely photos.

Deborah (Debs) Carr said...

How magnificent! My mither's family are from Ireland, but I've never been. I'm obviously missing beautiful scenery!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

I like the first photo very much.

Regards and best wishes