Co Kerry in Ireland usually brings to mind thoughts of mountains, not beaches. One will find mighty mountains there indeed, but to me, living in the rural heart of Ireland, Co Kerry will always sing of the sea, and this picture shows you why.
Fine white sand, deserted (sometimes) shores, (icy-cold) turquoise lagoons, bright sunshine with dark clouds massing and rain streaming down on the horizon, surrounded by rocky cliffs, verdant hillsides and brooding mountain ranges. This is another face of our beautiful Ireland.
On this rare day, while the children played in the water, I huddled into my fleece, eating sandy sandwiches, letting myself be transported by the joy of place, friendships, and nostalgia.
This beach is near Sneem, where we stayed, a village located in the Iveragh peninsula at the mouth of the River Sneem. In Irish, it is known as An tSnaidhm, which means ‘knot’, and it’s a very popular destination with tourists.
Why is Sneem named ‘the knot’? Good question! Some say it is after the swirling pattern of the waters as the sweet river and salty sea meet in the estuary; others say the village forms the knot in the scenic tourist route known as the Ring of Kerry. Personally, I think it may have something to do with Irish Celtic knotwork and symbolism, but that’s just a gut feeling and a wild unsubstantiated guess…
I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Sue Vincent, who takes the most beautiful images and always has a story to tell about them. I would like to nominate Helen Jones, who is always posting gorgeous photos on her blog to illustrate her stories.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!