There is nothing that I can say about Ireland that has not already been said by writers with talent far beyond my meager abilities.
She has inspired poets, bards, balladeers, and storytellers from all over the world, throughout the ages. I can only hope that the images I have captured during my time in Ireland speak to you and take you on a lovely voyage.
Whether you are returning after a long absence or visiting for the very first time, Ireland will leave a indelible mark on your heart and your soul.
Dead Soldiers, Galway City
St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin Pic #1
St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin Pic #2
River Corrib, Galway City
The Long Walk, Galway City.
Murphy's Bar, Galway City
Murphy's Bar, Galway City Pic #2
Catch of the Day, Inisheer County Galway
Over a Barrel, Inisheer, Co. Galway
Pearl's , Galway City
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
When I first moved to Dublin in 1996, I didn’t know a soul. I had been told by a workmate that I needed to see Glendalough. So armed with maps and guidebooks, I set off to explore my new home.
I fell in love with Glendalough almost immediately, perhaps because County Wicklow reminded me of The Trossachs, where as a Boy Scout I spent a great deal of time walking and hiking. I took Deanna there when she first came to visit me in 1997, she often says that Glendalough is a place of natural reverence, where she feels compelled to whisper.
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow Pic #2
St. Kevin's Kitchen, Glendalough. Co. Wicklow
Leaning Graves, Glendalough. Co. Wicklow
Glendalough Pic #4, Co. Wicklow
Lower Lough, Glendalough. Co. Wicklow
Blue Gate, Co. Wicklow
Inishbofin: Connemara, County Galway.
Of all of the photographs I have ever taken this is by far my favorite. What I like about this photograph is that if you start at the lower left hand corner, your eyes take in each element in a lazy zigzag, ending at the sea. Any one of those elements would have made a great photograph, combined they are extraordinary
Carlingford Lough: County Down.
I remember the day I picked up this roll of film. I was flipping through my shots (as you do) and this photograph stopped me in my tracks. I think this is one of the best photographs I have ever taken. I used a tobacco gradient filter on the lens
Cliffs of Moher: County Clare.
At their highest point, the Cliffs of Moher rise 790 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. A popular tourist destination, the Cliffs draw about a million visitors each year. The round tower on the cliffs was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien.
From atop O’Brien’s tower you can view the Aran Islands as well as the Twelve Pins mountains. The Cliffs of Moher became the “Cliffs of Insanity” for the 1987 film “The Princess Bride.”
Cliffs of Moher: County Clare. Pic #2
Cliffs of Moher: County Clare. Pic #3
Poulnabrone Dolmen: The Burren, County Clare.
This Dolmen dates back to the Neolithic era, and was once used as a tomb. As photographers, we spend most of our time driving really fast to catch the ever changing light then waiting for that light to be just perfect. Celtic Cross: County Clare, was an example of that waiting, it took a long time for the sun to shine through the cross in just the right way. I love the juxtaposition of the ancient Pagan and modern Christian. Ireland honors both with reverence and grace.
Celtic Cross: County Clare,
This cross was an example of that waiting, it took a long time for the sun to shine through the cross in just the right way. I love the juxtaposition of the ancient Pagan and modern Christian. Ireland honors both with reverence and grace.
Celtic Cross: County Clare. Pic #2
Inisheer: Aran Islands
The smallest of the Aran Islands, Inisheer is incredibly beautiful. For me this photograph is quintessentially Irish, cottages, the wildflowers and the stone walls leading down to the sea.
This lighthouse is also on the island of Inisheer. The nets caught on the rocks really make this photograph for me.
Inish Bofin Window: Connemarra, Co. Galway
A woman walked into our booth at a festival, picked up this photo and started to cry. She was embarrassed and said she had no idea why she was crying. This is why I love photography; it evokes emotions and can instantly transport you to a place in your memory, or your dreams.
Wizard Falls: County Donegal.
This place is not actually called Wizard Falls, we named it, after someone pointed out that they saw the face of a wizard in the white of the water. Of course now that we know it is there, it is almost impossible to see the water. Stare at this photo for a while and perhaps you will find other creatures hidden, it is rather like looking at clouds, there is no right or wrong answer, and the possibilities are limitless. This photo has not been altered; it is simply proof that Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor (as if we needed proof).
Peaceful Beach: County Donegal.
The idea of driving down an unmarked road and discovering a beach where no footprints mar the sand is a photographers dream. We spent a good deal of time walking this beach and exploring the nearby caves. I really like the colors of the sky, moody and solemn.
Rainbow: County Donegal.
We finally found the end of the rainbow; we wanted to search for my pot of gold. But that is the North Atlantic, and neither of us was willing to risk hypothermia.
Traffic Jam: County Donegal.
This was the road that leads to the Cliffs of Bunglass; it was narrow and winding and filled with sheep. When you find yourself on a road with a flock of sheep, there is little you can do except wait for the sheep to move. There is, just in case you were wondering not one thing you can do to make the sheep move faster. This is another of Deanna’s photographs.
Road Signs: County Clare
Road signs are part of the experience of traveling. I fear that as we become more reliant on technology, we will need road signs less and less. It will be sad day when we navigate solely by looking at a screen instead of looking out the window.
Road Signs, Co. Donegal.
Atlantic bird, Co. Donegal.
Mod with Lambretta Scooter, Dublin
O'Brien's Tower, Cliffs of Moher. Co. Clare
Beachcomber, Inishbofin. Co. Galway
We have no idea who this man is. I think he looks like my Grandad, Deanna thinks he looks like her Grandad….
Perhaps He looks like everyone’s Grandad. This photograph was taken on Inishbofin, County Galway.
Crashing Waves, Doolin. Co. Clare
Waves: Doolin. I love taking photographs of waves crashing to the shore. This photograph was taken quite near Doolin Pier where you get the ferry to Inisheer. The Atlantic coastline can be seen in the distance.
Cliffs of Bunglass: County Donegal
The Cliffs of Bunglass are nearly twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher, but are not nearly as popular with tourists. This photograph was taken by Deanna in 1999 (with a Vivitar 35 mm point and shoot camera). I love the watercolor quality of this shot, and the use of the barbed wire to frame the photo. For me the strength of this image is found in its simplicity.
I was born in Dunfermline Scotland, so it has always been home to me. I suppose that having it also be my surname has made my connection to Scotland deeper in some ways.
got the travel bug about the same time I got the photography bug, a symbiotic relationship if there ever was one. In High School I took a photography course, and dabbled a bit in the darkroom, developing my own photographs.
My love of photography led me to other hobbies as well. I joined the local climbing club, not because I had a mad desire to climb, but the pictures I wanted to take were from the top of those hills.
I am inspired by the rugged grandeur of Scotland, the mist that covers the Cuillin Mountains, and the desolate beauty of the Highlands. I suggest that you enjoy this gallery with a single malt.
Thistle, the flower of Scotland
Folk life museum, Isle of Skye
Mill Stones, Isle of Skye
Gazebo, The Glen. Dunfermline, Fife
Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh
Mirror, Mirror. Edinburgh
First Glance. Edinburgh
Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Loch Fascally, Pitlochery
The Cullin Mountains
The Cullins: Isle of Skye. Skye is my favorite place on Earth. When I first went to Skye, it was only accessible by ferry. It seemed a great adventure then, with me cast as the hero. Skye is a rugged, desolate place and she demands much from those who want to explore her. I would like to think that my adventures on Skye helped to build my character as well as my photographic skills.
Dunkeld Cathedral, Perthshire.
The Cathedral was built in the Ninth century, although none of the remaining buildings date back that far. The Cathedral was damaged heavily during the reformation, and much of the building is in ruin, with no roof to protect it from the elements. I really love the play of the light on both the exterior and the interior of the ruins. You can almost feel the cool damp of the outer walls, likewise the warmth of the sun inside the Cathedral
Eilean Donan Castile, Dornie
Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh (Sepia 2)
Upper Antelope Canyon, Pic #1
Upper Antelope Canyon, Pic #2
Upper Antelope Canyon, Pic #3
Upper Antelope Canyon, Pic #4
Saguaro National Forest, Tucson.
Upper Antelope Canyon, The Flame
Picture taken by
Deanna Smith Scotland
Upper Antelope Canyon, The Flame 2
Oak Creek Canyon
The Barrio, Tuscon
The Barrio, Tuscon Pic #2
The chill peppers were at a roadside stand just outside of Taos. We came upon this lovely house, just outside of San Francisco De Asis Church. The sun rising over the building hit the lens and caused the rainbow effect. The result is that the photograph looks very much like a painting.
Taos, Pic #3
Taos Pueblo, Pic#1
Taos Pueblo, Pic #2
Santa Rosa, Route 66 Pic #1
“If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way,
take the highway that’s the best
Get your kicks on Route 66”
Santa Rosa, Route 66 Pic #2
Route 66: America. Crossing the United States, Route 66 is also called “America’s Main Street.” It has been replaced by more modern highways, but it still calls to mind, diners, cheesy souvenir shops and much simpler times.
Santa Rosa, Route 66 Pic #3
Everything is bigger in Texas. At least that’s what they tell me. The cattle are beefier, the stars are brighter, the villains more villainous and the heroes more heroic than anywhere else. The women are simultaneously wilder and more virtuous than the women who hail from say Nebraska. I cannot think of a place that is so tied to its identity as Texas. Even the Dairy Queen commercials mention the “Great State of Texas.” All that being said, Texas has been my home for ten years now, and I have come to appreciate it’s bravado and swagger. This is a state overflowing with contradictions, crazy politicians, and even crazier weather, with cowboy poets and cattle drives. For all this nuttiness, Texas is also filled with incredible people. We have been blessed to make our home in Fort Worth, and to be part of a community of people dedicated to art and music.
After living in Scotland and Ireland where the land is lush and green, it took some time to become accustomed to the arid plains of Texas. But there is great beauty here, in both the land and the proud people who have made Texas their home.
The Alamo: San Antonio
There is no more iconic image in Texas than that of the Alamo. The scene of the most famous battle in the fight for Texas Independence, The Alamo is a symbol of the resilience and spirit of Texans. The Alamo is a very popular tourist destination, so it took a fair amount of time to set up a tourist free photograph.
San Jose Mission
Texas Blue Bonnets Pic #1
“This is the only place on Earth
Once a year they come and go,
at this old house here by the road”
Texas Blue Bonnets Pic #2
This house, located between Burnet and Marble Falls, became so popular during bluebonnet season, the owner actually plowed the wildflowers over.
Texas Blue Bonnets Pic #3
Texas Blue Bonnets Pic #4
Wildflowers: Texas Hill Country
The Hill Country is the jewel of Texas. Springtime in the hill country is filled with an abundance of wildflowers.
Wildflowers: Texas Hill Country Pic #2
Inks Lake: Hill country.
With wildflowers covering the ground and the blooms on the cactus, this shot shows Texas at her loveliest.
Spring Freeze: Fort Worth
We rarely get snow in Texas, but about once a year we have an ice storm. This photograph was taken after just such a storm. If you look carefully you can see the individual air bubbles in the melting ice.
Boots, Fort Worth Stockyards
Cowboy, Fort Worth Stockyards Pic #1
Cowboy, Fort Worth Stockyards Pic #2
Cowboy, Fort Worth Stockyards Pic #3
Cowboy Boot Planter, Hill Country
Riverwalk: San Antonio. Pic #1
The Riverwalk is a popular tourist spot. Filled with outdoor cafes and shops, it is lovely day or night. I love the reflection of the umbrellas on the surface of the river. It gives the photograph the feel of an impressionist painting.
Riverwalk: San Antonio. Pic #2
San Jose Mission, Pic #2
Wisconsin has been very good to me. I first visited Milwaukee in 1997 to visit my old friend Duncan. While I was there I met Deanna who was to become my muse and best friend.
We were married in Wisconsin in 2003, and now spend most of our summers there.
Wisconsin is a photographer’s dream. She is lush and green in the summer, autumn finds her draped in shades of red, orange and brown, and winter cloaks her in snowy white.
From the lighthouses that dot the Lake Michigan Coastline to the gentle hills of the Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin has become one of our favorite places to shoot.
Sailboat: Ephraim, Door County
Deanna took me to Door County for the first time several years ago. I had never been there and was not prepared for the incredible sunsets. All of the sunset photographs were taken on the same night, within minutes of each other. I literally ran up and down the beach my finger constantly clicking the shutter. These photographs utilize a tobacco gradient filter.
Happy Hour: Ephraim, Door County.
Located on the bay side, Ephraim is a perfect place to watch the sunset. Each night people gather on the beach to watch the sun sink into the bay, it is the best show in town.
Adirondack Chairs: Ephraim, Door County.
The hotels in Ephraim have beach frontage that is reserved for their guests. These chairs were for the use of the guests at the Ephraim Shores Hotel. Wouldn’t you like to be there right now?
Adirondack Chairs: Ephraim, Door County. Pic #2
Skipping Stones: Ephraim, Door County.
A father teaching his sons how to skip stones made for a great silhouette photograph. You can see Peninsula State Park in the distance.
Sunset: Ephraim, Door County
I took this photograph the first night I ever spent in Door County. The sun was huge and the clouds added drama and texture to the sunset. I remember that the people gathered actually applauded when the last sliver of the sun disappeared beneath the water.
Sailboat: Ephraim, Door County.
This shot was taken just after the sun disappeared into Eagle Harbor. After the vibrant colors of the sunset, I quite like the stillness of the water and the deep hues of twilight.
Marina: Ephraim, Door County
I have been told that when the sun touches the water in this way it is called an Omega Sun. I took this shot through the rigging of a sailboat.
Cana Island Lighthouse: Door County
This photograph was taken just after the dawn. I really love the beautiful blue sky and the ghost moon. Door County boasts seven lighthouses.
Wollersheim Winery, Prairie Du Sac. This was taken in the barrel room of the winery. Deanna utilized Photoshop to give the window a frosted appearance, and she warmed up the tone of the wood.
Misty Morning: Lake Park, Milwaukee.
Lake Park stands on the bluffs above Lake Michigan. We had gone to the lakefront in the hopes of taking sunrise picture, but the fog was too heavy. So instead we went to Lake Park. Deanna took this photo, and her timing couldn’t have been better. I love the light streaming through the fog; it brings to mind a primeval forest.
Truck with Grapevine: Fish Creek, Door County. This truck was parked in the orchard of the Orchard Winery. The grapevine was growing up through the grill of this 1946 Chevy truck. The truck is still there after all these years, but someone cut the grapevine back.
1946 Chevy Truck, Pic #2
1946 Chevy Truck, Pic #3
1946 Chevy Truck, Pic #4
1956 Ford V8 (F450)
100th Anniversary Harley Davidson Sportster
100th Anniversary Harley Davidson Sportster Pic#2
Harley Davidson Engine
40's Harley Davidson Springer Deluxe Pic #1
40's Harley Davidson Springer Deluxe Pic #2
40's Harley Davidson Springer Deluxe Pic #3
40's Harley Davidson Springer Deluxe Pic #4
40's Harley Davidson Springer Deluxe Pic #5
1930's Ford Model A, Pic #1
1930's Ford Model A, Pic #2
1930's Ford Model A, Pic #3
1930's Ford Model A, Pic #4
1930's Ford Model A, Pic #5
Gretsch Chet Atkins, Tennessee Rose
1960 Gibson Les Paul
National Resonator, Pic #1
National Resonator, Pic #2
National Resonator, Pic #3
National Resonator, Pic #4
National Resonator, Pic #5
Fiddle with Gibson Mandolin Pic #1
Fiddle with Gibson Mandolin Pic #2
Selmer Tenor Sax
Baldwin Grand Piano
Trumpet Close up Pic #1
Trumpet Close up Pic #2
Flutes, Black & White Pic#1
Fender Stratocaster Pic #1
Jack's Banjo wall Pic #1
Jack's Banjo wall Black & White Pic #1
Mirror Fiddles Pic#1
Mirror Fiddles Black & White Pic #1
An Autumn Scroll
Traditional Strings Pic #1
Pride of Lions, Kenya
Lion Asleep on Termite Mound, Kenya
Group of Elephants, Kenya
Flowers and Macro
Monarch Butterfly: Waukesha Wisconsin
I took these photos in my Mother in Laws back yard. I followed that butterfly around for the longest time. I used the macro feature, to capture the detail found in the butterfly’s wings. I love the deep colors of the background.
Monarch Butterfly: Waukesha Wisconsin Pic #2
Monarch Butterfly: Waukesha Wisconsin Pic #3
Monarch Butterfly: Waukesha Wisconsin Pic #4
Monarch Butterfly: Waukesha Wisconsin Pic #5
Pink Zinnia Pic #1
Pink Zinnia Pic #2
Pink Zinnia Pic #3
Lilly Pad Pic #1
Lavander Field, Blanco Texas Pic #1
Angels and Architecture
Angel, Catholic Cemetery: Savannah Georgia Pic #1
The image of this weeping angel was so beautiful. The detail of her hair and her wings was just incredible
Angel, Catholic Cemetery: Savannah Georgia Pic #2
Angel, Laurel Grove Cemetery: Savannah Georgia Pic #1
We have spent countless hours wandering through cemeteries. It is an amazing way to learn about the soul of a place. Savannah’s cemeteries are incredible, filled with lovingly carved monuments.
Angel, Laurel Grove Cemetery: Savannah Georgia Pic #2
This young angel is rather famous. She stands vigil at the tomb of George Johnson Baldwin and Lucy Harvie Baldwin. Someone had taken the time to place fresh flowers in the scalloped shell she is holding. The pink flower against the alabaster statue was striking image.
Architectural Details: Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee. These fierce looking creatures guard the Bertleson Building. Milwaukee has an old world feel, and the city reflects the different ethnic groups who settled there.