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I thought I’d take a moment to say thank you.  Thank you for viewing this blog.  Thank you for the comments that I don’t always respond to but I read and enjoy every one.  And most of all thanks for the support and encouragement on this creative journey.  Have a wonderful day. 😉

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I thought I was pretty observant but I missed Dionysus’s torso as I meandered about the Oscar Wilde Memorial in Merrion Square.  The complete memorial includes three pieces: “the stone sculpture of Oscar Wilde, a pillar with a bronze of his pregnant wife and a pillar with a bronze male torso.” Actually, I think I noticed a torso but somehow it didn’t grab me the way Mr. Wilde did.

The sculpture was designed by Irish sculptor Danny Osborne.  As described on the Dublin City Council website, “Osborne used complementary polished colour stones and varying textures to create this striking lifelike pose of the writer sitting atop a 35-tonne boulder of white quartz from the Wicklow mountains. He wanted to depict Wilde’s love of beautiful objects, including stones, as well as his colourful personality. … Wilde is wearing a green smoking jacket with a pink collar, long trousers and shiny black shoes, with an unusual two-sided expression on his face, depicting both joy and sadness. Wilde’s shiny green jacket is made from nephrite jade, sourced in Canada. The pink collar is made of a rare semi precious stone called thulite, brought here from central Norway. Wilde’s head and hands are carved from Guatemalan jade. His trousers are made from larvikite – a crystalline stone from Norway, and his shiny shoes are black granite.”

Learn more, in the artist’s own words, in the video on the following page: http://www.dublincity.ie/DublinArtInParks/English

And Wikipedia has a great page about Oscar Wilde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde

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As the previous post suggests, yes, I am on the road for a bit beginning with a return to Dublin, Ireland! A quick trip for work and pleasure, and it was certainly a pleasure to chance upon the Saint Saviour’s Dominican Priory.  I had such a short window of time to photograph that I mostly focused my attention on a few windows. These are details from one window.

Here are details from a second.

Here is the third …

Little literature could I find at the time on the church’s architecture or artwork but the stories can be discerned from the glass.

I found the building by getting lost, but if you are seeking it out, it is located at 9-11 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1. Learn more about the priory via the following link: http://www.saintsavioursdublin.ie/

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Last year, I created a “book of thanks” for folks who made me feel very welcome in my travels around Dublin.  As simply the guest of one of the conference speakers, I was free to ramble about the city and especially St. Stephen’s Green.  This year, I was lucky enough to attend again (and even visit Galway). I decided I should do another book, to thank folks, and to highlight just a tiny bit of the beauty I saw as I meandered, this time, about the UCD Belfield Campus and its wonderful system of walking paths.  The images are sorted into three sections:  Amidst the Trees and in the Fields, Among the Birds, and Reflected in the Many Waters.  Below are a few excerpts and the entire book is available via this link.

 

 

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This is a limited edition book created for a few folk who made our recent stay in Dublin, Ireland so lovely.  It can take a lot of energy to welcome strangers into your home and treat them like family, which is exactly what one couple did.  And it can take a lot of energy to welcome visitors from around the world to your home country and make sure those visitors experience a sense of place, which is exactly what conference organizers managed to do.  Once they have books in hands, I hope they enjoy the images that could not have been compiled without their generosity, good-spirits and great walking maps.  Thank you. 😉

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Based on very nice feedback about the tree and leaf images from my recent travels, and a special request, I have begun transforming some of the images into archival quality prints.  Unframed prints of this “one tree” from Dublin are now available here.

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Okay, I have to admit, not only the mallards paused to let me snap a photo.  As I watched the swans’ feathers rustling in the winds whipping through St. Stephen’s Green, I thought of the Greek myth Leda and the Swan.  Only later as I walked through the National Library of Ireland’s exhibit on William Butler Yeats did I learn that Yeats had published a highly regarded sonnet on the subject in 1924. 

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