Color Your World: Green Yellow

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The sheep doesn’t care if the grass is green, or yellow, it all tastes good!

 

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Close Up : Weekly Photo Challenge

Today I have two contrasting photos, the first one of the ornate ceiling of a church in The Silent City, Mdina, in Malta.  Malta has many churches, and each one is more beautiful and ornate than the one before, most of them are works of art in the baroque style, (late 16th century) full of carved ceilings and gold leaf, and beautiful paintings.

Ceiling of the Carmelite Church in Mdina

Ceiling of the Carmelite Church in Mdina

And now, for something completely different …..sheep grazing in a meadow.  This is something you can see anywhere in Ireland, in fields and on the mountain sides.   Often the sheep graze on common ground, and so that the farmers can identify their own sheep, they put a mark on their wool with a special, long lasting, marking paint, (each farmer chooses his own colour) so they make a colourful sight on the mountain!

Sheep grazing in a meadow

Sheep grazing in a meadow

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Lime or Bright Green

Well tended lawn in Dublin

Well tended lawn in Dublin

The bright green lawn above looks inviting, along with the little covered bench, where you can sit and dream.   This photo was taken at the weekend at the Casino at Marino in Dublin, an Irish Heritage site (which I will write about in a future post).   In summertime there is a lot of greenery all around, especially with the ‘soft’ (meaning dampish) Irish weather, and in my next photo, the ferns are in full bloom

Ferns in west Cork

Ferns in west Cork

 

The sheep are also enjoying the lush sweet green grass around the countryside.

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Wordless Wednesday : Looking at Me Looking at Ewe!

Springtime in Ireland

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Blue

Blue Blue my world is Blue – an old sad song recorded by many people, including Marty Robbins and Johnny Mathis….singers that were probably  never heard of by a lot of my younger fellow bloggers!    Being blue can mean that we are sad, but it is such a beautiful colour that can be seen all around, who wouldn’t be happy when they see beautiful blue skies and the ocean that can change from blue to green and back again on a sunny day.

A view up the River Lee to  Cork city

A view up the River Lee to Cork city

And even buildings with a little bit of blue in them are very pleasing to the eye.

Old georgian building in Cork City

Old georgian building in Cork City

So come on, let’s forget about being sad and blue, but be happy and blue…even the sheep agrees with me!

Happily blue!

Happily blue!

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To the Top of the World by Cable!

Well, it was not quite to the top of the world,but at 2200 metres, Monte Baldo on Lake Garda is pretty high.   It looms over the commune of Malcesine, not too far from Riva del Garda. The mountain top can be reached by not one, but two, very steep cable car rides.

According to Wiki –

Behind Malcesine rises the 2,218 m (7,277 ft) high Monte Baldo. A two-stage cable car ride—the second leg using one with rotating cabins—takes passengers to 1,750 m (5,741 ft)  above sea level.    From there the highest point can be accessed by walking a few kilometres to the south along the ridge.

On our trip in the cable car, which held about 40 or 50 people each trip, there were many young people carrying very large rucksacks.  It was only when we got off the second car and climbed the few hundred metres to the summit that we realised what these rucksacks contained.  Yes indeed, these were the brave people who were taking a short cut back down…by paragliding!    They were brave because if they ‘overshot’ the landing on the way down they would end up in the lake!

So many other things were going on at the top, and  along with a very small church and a few restaurants there were some llamas, sheep and goats, people lying in the sun, having picnics, watching the para gliders getting ready, strolling around, and generally enjoying the view from the top.    There was even some patches of snow to be seen around the shaded side of the mountain.

It was a fabulous way to spend a sunny day in Italy.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Animals in Nature

My photos of animals this week are domestic animals, as the wild animals in Ireland are more elusive!

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