Here’s the second in the series of things and places in Ireland in May of 2018. Inis Mor is the largest, and most popular, of the Aran Islands. Quite crowded, with ferries arriving all day long. Still, once you leave the village behind you are left with a landscape that has changed little since my forefathers emigrated in the 1890s. The centerpiece here is the Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), generally considered a weed but lovely nonetheless. I saw it nestled up against one of the hundreds of limestone walls that are the signature image of these islands. Other objects I picked up along the way, mostly on the beaches: limestone (of course), crab shells, Knotted Wrack, (Ascophyllum nodosum), and Blue Mussel, (Mytilus edulis). Apologies for the image quality, my iphone is not quite up to the task. I’m in the market for a scanner! This is still a work in progress, much yet to do before I call this one done.

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