Irish midlands harvest moon
By bnitz on Sep 18, 2005
We travelled to the Irish midlands this weekend to meet a visiting relative. Sometime in Autumn, Irish climate breifly resembles that of Wisconsin and there are places in the midlands of Ireland which are similar to the glacial lake country of the northern U.S. midwest. We stayed at a restored farmhouse B&B near the "cat stone" which marks an ancient spiritual center of Ireland. The owners treated their guests with wonderful hospitality. Unfortunately they will be retiring soon. I took this photo of the harvest moon rising over the fields surrounding their old farmhouse. One other remarkable thing about the midlands and the midwest is that even when the land has no great mountains, sea cliffs or grand canyons, the sky often makes up for it. Which reminds me, when we first moved to Ireland we queued for many hours at a Dublin garda station in order to apply for an alien ID card. Outside the garda station an artist displayed dozens of watercolour paintings of the Irish sky. She painted the same place in the sky every day. No two paintings were alike, none were entirely blue and none were entirely grey.