Daily Post Photo Challenge : Solitude

Shehy Mountains on a cloudy day

Shehy Mountains on a cloudy day

The mountains are a good place to be alone, in solitude, unless of course like me you are part of a 50 strong group on a cold wintry day, all huddled together for company from the biting wind!  There always a chance to stride out on your own though, and enjoy the scenery of the distant hills, and a few isolated cottages in the distance.

Shehy Mountain range, West Cork

Snow on the distant hills.

And if you don’t want to go hiking, there’s always the call of the sea on a calm day.

Kinsale harbour, Co Cork

Lone sail boat

 

Wordless Wednesday : Early Morning Reflections

Drake's Pool, Crosshaven

Drake’s Pool, Crosshaven

Having a quiet time outside the Museum

Hungarian National Museum

Enjoying some quiet time

The Hungarian National Museum in Budapest is a very impressive building, built in 1802, with classical columns, and lots of steps leading up to the entrance, but I was really impressed by the colourful wooden benches placed on the steps, where one can sit and rest, and have a little solitude, after walking around looking at all the treasures.

Hungarian National Museum

Springtime in Budapest

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Outdoors

I often post photos of being outdoors in the mountains when hillwalking, but here are a few different photos of the great outdoors, discovering new places and ancient monuments.

The ancient city of Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus

Sometimes it is hard to avoid crowds in places of great beauty and historical interest.

Crowds in Venice

Crowds in Venice

But sometimes the place is so beautiful that you ignore the crowds (and the scaffolding!), and the queues to get inside.

St Marks Square, Venice

But I think I still prefer to be in the outdoors with nature.

Resting from a hike

Resting from a hike

Check out Ailsa’s page for more Outdoorsy photos.

 

Photo 101 : Day 5 – Solitude

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

Here are my entries for ‘Solitude’, one from West Cork, overlooking Bantry Bay, and my second photo is a beautiful sunset in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, both great places to stop and admire the beauty of nature.

Time to stand and stare

Time to stand and stare

Sunset at Mana Pools

Sunset at Mana Pools

And I couldn’t resist this winter shot of my granddaughter in the first snow of the season last year, though she is probably checking out the best place to build a snowman, rather than enjoying the solitude!

First snow...fun times!

First snow…fun times!

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