As beautiful and charming as Ireland is, the weather can be unforgiving.
So it was as I landed at Shannon on May 4, 2015—my fifth trip to my ancestoral home. Chilly, showery, and fierce winds greeted me as I headed up to Doolin, which would serve as my base for a week of researching, and hopefully drawing, the wildflowers of the Burren. As part of an independent study project for my diploma in Botanical art and illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens, I was determined to find and record as many examples of blooming wildflowers as possible the the short week I had. But I could tell already mother nature wasn’t going to make it easy.