Ireland

The beauty of Ireland.
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the sun is setting behind a rock wall in an open field with grass and rocks
This artwork encompasses so many things I treasure about the Irish countryside -- stone fences, sunrises and sunrays... Happy Father's Day to all. . . . . . #raw_country_ #burren #countyclare #ireland #irish_daily #raw_ireland #instaireland #discoverireland #insta_ireland #ig_ireland #igersireland #global_creatives #naturelovers #allbeauty_addiction #bestirelandpics #loveireland #visitireland #tourismireland #thisisireland #iloveireland #irishexplorers #wildflowersofinstagram #fiftyshades_of_nat
purple flowers growing out of the grass next to a stone wall with rocks in the background
Celebrating Summer Solstice with this image captured a couple of days ago with Bloody Cranes-bill wildflowers blooming in front of an old stone fence in the Burren Region of County Clare. . Prints available via link in bio . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . . . . . #raw_country_ #burren #countyclare #ireland #irish_daily #raw_ireland #instaireland #discoverireland #insta_ireland #ig_ireland #igersireland #global_creatives #naturelovers #allbeauty_addiction #bestirelandpics #l
pink flowers blooming on the side of a road
Foxglove, also known as Fairy Thimbles, grows wild along the roadsides and in meadows in the Irish countryside. I captured this image in 2018 on the road to Lissycasey, County Clare. They certainly add a bright pop of colour to the countryside! . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . . . . . . . . . #irishwildflowers #foxglove #wildflowers #allbeautyaddiction #bns_nature #ig_today #naturelove #naturegram #ournaturedays #ireland #fiftyshades_of_nature #artofvisuals #instaireland #po
a tall tower with flowers growing on it's sides and birds flying over the top
Brilliant red Fuchsias bloom at sunset in front of County Clare's Dysert O Dea Castle near Corofin in this composite artwork. . Prints available via link in bio! . . . . . . . #castle #irishcastle #dysertodea #raw_ireland #countyclare #ireland #irish_daily #rawireland #instaireland #discoverireland #insta_ireland #ig_ireland #igersireland #global_creatives #naturelovers #allbeauty_addiction #sunrise_and_sunset #bestirelandpics #loveireland #ireland_inspires #travelireland #visitireland #tourismi
an image of a castle with birds flying in the air above it at sunset or dawn
This latest composite artwork features the round tower and ruins of Ireland's Rock of Cashel National Monument in County Tipperary, the seat of the Kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion of the late 12th Century. Built around 1100 AD, the 28-metre tall (about 90 ft.) round tower is one of the best-preserved in Ireland. . . . . . . . . #rockofcashel #compositephotography #irishart #irishartist #historicalart #irishhistory #irelandheritage #medievalarchitecture #thisisir
an old stone building with a thatched roof on the side of a road in front of trees
A well-travelled country road passes by Thoor Ballylee and its thatched cottage near Gort in County Galway. This 15th Century tower house was the Summer home of W. B. Yeats, Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, whose 155th birthday is Saturday, June 13. . This incredible place is featured in my book, "In the Footsteps of W. B. Yeats at Coole Park and Ballylee (Mystical Moods of Ireland, Vol. IV)." Link in Bio! . . . . . . . . . . . . #countygalway #thoorballylee #yeatstower #wbyeats #compositephotogra
an old brick building sitting on top of a lush green field next to a river
"Thoor Ballylee at Sunset, County Galway" -- This composite artwork features Thoor Ballylee, the 15th Century Norman castle that served as the Summer home of Irish Poet and Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats. . It has been fully restored and is normally open for tours during Summer months, maintained and operated by the amazing and dedicated local volunteer group, Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society. . Saturday is the 155th Birthday of W. B. Yeats. . Prints available via link in bio! . . . . . . . . . . . #c
a bird spreads its wings while sitting on a rock in the middle of a body of water
A Cormorant spreads its wings while perching on a rock in Knockalough Lake near Kilmihil in County Clare, Ireland. A majestic Cormorant takes in the summer Irish sunshine from his perch on rocks in historic Lake Knockalough, near Kilmihil, County Clare, Ireland. . According to Birdwatch Ireland, Cormorants are most commonly seen at sea or on the inland lakes and rivers of County Clare and County Galway. . They frequently roost on piers and rocks, and, like this one, often stand drying with their
purple flowers are blooming in the green grass
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . This bright and beautiful wildflower is Foxglove, also known as "Fairy Fingers." While it's poisonous and considered unlucky to bring indoors, it also contains digitoxin, a primary component of life-saving heart drugs. . It's a biennial native wildflower found blooming all over the Irish countryside from June to August. . How's this for a blast of colour today? . . . . . . . . #countyclare #littlepiecesofireland #explore_countryside_ #explore_n
an old stone tower sitting on top of a lush green hillside under a colorful sky
Follow @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . "Ballinalacken Castle at Sunset, County Clare" - This artwork features the ruins of Ballinalacken Castle with its commanding views of the County Clare countryside from a limestone outcropping between Doolin and Lisdoonvarna. . Built in the 10th Century by the O'Connor Clan, the castle was subsequently taken over and re-constructed in the 14th Century by the O'Briens. . On the property now is the lovely and highly-rated @ballinalackencastle House &
the sun is setting over a field with tall grass and wildflowers in bloom
What an amazing morning this is with a palpable sense of excitement! Starting Monday, we're being permitted to travel throughout our own counties here, and in just a few short weeks, restaurants will be re-opening. Flights to Ireland will be resuming soon, and we might even have a month or two of near-normal summer activities. . This artwork features Foxgloves blooming just over the road from me at sunrise here in County Clare. . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . . . . . #count
red and purple flowers in front of an open window with white trim on the windowsill
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . I pulled this artwork, "Irish Cottage Window at Bunratty Castle," out of my archives after hearing that Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in County Clare will reopen on a limited basis from July 20 to August 31. This is such an enjoyable place to visit, and the castle Medieval Banquet is loads of fun! . Prints available via link in bio. . . . . . #ireland #instaireland #discoverireland #ireland_gram #loveireland #irish #irishpassion #insta_ireland
a white horse standing in the middle of a lush green field with yellow flowers and trees
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . A white horse grazes in a wildflower-dotted field in the hills of Decomade above the County Clare village of Lissycasey. . . . . #40shadesofgreen #lissycasey #countyclare #ireland #horsesofinstagram #thisisireland #ethereal_moods #allbeautyaddiction #fotocatchers #bd_pro #irish_daily #daily_ireland #nature_obsession_landscapes #got__greatshots #global_creatives #the_gallery_of_magic #quest_4_magic #fingerprintofgod #bestpicturesgallery #bestir
some yellow flowers are growing in the grass
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . A quick Sunday morning snap to show you these beautiful Flag Irises blooming right now in my front yard here near Kildysart, County Clare. It's such an uplifting sight to see, and I just had to share it with you. Have a great day! . . . . . #flagiris #wildflowers #wildflowerseason #wildflowersofinstagram #nature_up_close #natureaddict #naturehub #nature_brilliance #naturelovers #igbest_shots #naturehippys_ #gottolove_this #global_creatives #bns
an old castle is lit up at night with the sun setting in the sky behind it
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . "Sunset over Markree Castle, County Sligo" — This 14th Century castle near Collooney in County Sligo conjures images of grand gatherings and fancy feasts. . The ancestral home of the Cooper family, the property originally was occupied by the McDonough Clan before the land was granted in 1663 to Edward Cooper, a cornet in Cromwell's army when it defeated the O'Brien Clan. . Over the years, the castle was occupied by King James' Catholic army in
some yellow and white flowers are growing in the grass by itself with other plants around them
Poached Egg Flowers (Meadow Foam) bloom along the roadside in front of my home here in the County Clare countryside. Wishing you a great weekend! . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . . . . . . #irishwildflowers #countyclareireland #poachedeggflowers #wildflowersofinstagram #wildflowerseason #nature_up_close #natureaddict #naturehub #nature_brilliance #naturelovers #igbest_shots #naturehippys_ #gottolove_this #global_creatives #bns_earth #ic_nature #tv_allnature #ig_brilliant #ma
a statue of the virgin mary stands in front of tulips
"Holy Mother at Quin Abbey, County Clare, Ireland" -- This composite artwork features a statue of the Virgin Mary standing watch over the ruins of Ireland's 15th Century Quin Abbey National Monument at sunset. . Prints available via link in bio. . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this!
an open window with the moon in the sky
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . A Crescent Moon lights the sky at sunset over the ruins of Quin Abbey, County Clare, in this composite artwork. The 15th Century Abbey is one of my favourite spots in County Clare — history runs so deep here, and the walls of the ruins, with ornate sculptures and inscriptions, continue to reveal their stories on every visit. . Prints available via link in bio! . . . . . . . . . . #quinabbey #moonphotography #crescentmoon #compositephotography #
an old castle with the sun setting in the background and clouds over it's roof
Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this! . This might have been your view on approach if you were invited to one of the social events held by the Earl of Clanrickarde in Portumna Castle, built in the early 17th Century by the De Burgo (Burke) family on the shores of Lough Derg in County Galway. (Composite artwork). . Constructed between 1610 to 1616, the castle's architectural style was revolutionary for its time. The design marked the transition between wholly defensive structures and
a painting of a bridge with flowers on it
Sending you some bright colours today, with this watercolour interpretation of one of my images from 2006 showing this vibrantly festooned bridge in Ennis, County Clare, with the ruins of the 13th Century Ennis Friary in the background. . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this!
the water is very calm and blue with clouds in the sky above it, as well as wildflowers growing on the shore
This is one of my favourite vistas along the Coast Road between Kildysart and Labasheeda in County Clare. With such a great view across the mighty Shannon Estuary to counties Limerick and Kerry, I always imagine Viking ships passing through here as they did in Medieval times. . Follow me @jamesatruett for more posts like this!
an arched window with leaves on it and fog in the air behind it, looking out onto a grassy field
"Uncertain Times" - I created this artwork to capture the mood of the day, uncertainty. It features a foggy trail leading into the Irish countryside of County Clare, framed by one of the 1,000-year-old Gothic arches at the entrance to the cathedral in Ireland's Rock of Cashel National Monument. . While the future is uncertain, we can always approach it with the excitement of starting a new adventure!
Today's artwork takes us to the 15th Century Dysert O'Dea Castle near the village of Corofin in County Clare. The stronghold of the O'Dea (O'Day) Clan was built in 1490 and is surrounded by fascinating historic sites.  Over the course of its history, the castle changed hands several times. The Earl of Ormond’s troops removed the O’Dea clan in 1570, but only temporarily — the O’Deas reclaimed their fort in 1584.  Allegiances ebbed and flowed in subsequent centuries, leading to more sieges and cha Village, Tower Bridge
Today's artwork takes us to the 15th Century Dysert O'Dea Castle near the village of Corofin in County Clare. The stronghold of the O'Dea (O'Day) Clan was built in 1490 and is surrounded by fascinating historic sites. Over the course of its history, the castle changed hands several times. The Earl of Ormond’s troops removed the O’Dea clan in 1570, but only temporarily — the O’Deas reclaimed their fort in 1584. Allegiances ebbed and flowed in subsequent centuries, leading to more sieges and cha
rows of dirt and grass in an open field
Rows of turf (peat) lay drying in the sunlight at a bog in County Clare. In the old days, each of these thousands of pieces would have been cut by hand using a double-sided spade called a sleán. . Now, machines do that work, but there's still much manual labour involved. Each piece needs to be turned to help with the drying process, and ultimately pieces are stood on end (called footing) to finish drying out. . Many homes till use turf for heating in winter, though the practice is slowly disapp
a blue and white boat sitting on top of a lake next to tall grass with a house in the background
A small rowboat gently rests at its serene moorage on the waters of Gortglass Lake near the village of Kildysart, County Clare, oblivious to the dissonance and chaos erupting in the world around it. . Follow me @jamesatruett for more!
a tall tower sitting on the side of a lush green hillside under a cloudy sky
"Sunset at Doonagore Castle, County Clare" - This digital artwork features County Clare's picturesque Doonagore Castle, on the Atlantic coast near Doolin, . Follow @jamesatruett for more Irish art! . Prints available via link in bio.
an empty road on the side of a grassy hill with yellow flowers in the foreground
A delicate blue sky peeks through boiling dark clouds over this stretch of road between Kildysart and Labasheeda along Ireland's Shannon Estuary in County Clare. This spot, in the townland of Aillroe Beg, always has a colourful display of wildflowers -- Gorse is blooming there now. . >> Follow @jamesatruett for more images and art from Ireland!
an old stone building with a clock on it's face in front of a pink and blue sky
"Sunrise over St. Tola's Church Ruins, County Clare" - This artwork features a magnificent sunrise over the ruins of the Romanesque Church and a Celtic Cross at Dysert O'Dea Graveyard near the village of Corofin. . The church itself dates from the 12th Century, but it's built on the site of a monastery established by St. Tola in the 8th Century. . Prints available via link in bio!
an old white building with blue door and window surrounded by flowers in front of it
Quaint scene from the village of Knock, along the shores of Ireland's Shannon Estuary in County Clare, where blooming flowers accent this vibrant blue door on an aging whitewashed cottage. Quintessential Ireland!
a person walking down a dirt road through an arch in the middle of a stone wall
I hope you had a great weekend! Today, I'm showing you my latest composite artwork of one of our country roads here in County Clare, framed by the weathered doorway from an abandoned cottage. Ready to step on through and take a stroll?
a house on a hill with trees and clouds in the background
A simple yet beautiful scene captured yesterday in the Irish countryside of County Clare... a quaint little cottage sits proudly on a hilltop under cotton clouds with blooming Gorse hedgerows dividing the meadows below.
a small purple flower sitting on top of a green leafy plant next to a forest
It's always a magical time here in the Irish countryside when these beautiful little pink Herb Robert flowers begin to bloom. I captured this image yesterday in front of my home in County Clare.
purple flowers are growing in the grass under a blue sky with white clouds above them
Here's another magical image from my quick trip to Ennis yesterday... It was my first journey away from home in many weeks, as we're still restricted to home (with the exception of essential trips). I was quite heartened to see that I hadn't missed our Bluebell season -- these were blooming along the roadside near County Clare's Ballycorick Bridge. So bright and beautiful!
a white fence in the middle of a field with pink flowers and green grass on both sides
While making an essential trip to Ennis today, I spotted this beautiful new patch of wildflowers at one of my favourite places in Ballynacally, County Clare, where the Ballynacally Tidy Towns group planted wildflowers from Seed Bomb Ireland last year. Such a pleasant scene full of hope!
a small house in the middle of a field with yellow flowers around it and trees
Nature gently takes over this abandoned cottage near Kilrush, County Clare, as new growth sprouts around it, and Gorse blooms in the foreground. This image appears in my book, "Enchanted Celtic Skies, Book 1 (Second Edition)" from my Mystical Moods of Ireland series. . For details on my books, click on the link in my bio!
an image of flowers that are in the middle of four different frames with words on them
I've created a series of Face Mask Covers featuring some of my Irish wildflower images with proceeds going to Kildysart Social Services, a local volunteer group that looks out for senior citizens here. For all purchases before April 30, 2020, the manufacturer also is donating its profits to the WHO Covid-19 Response Fund. . I know these things are expensive, but it's a good cause, and if you want to be a part of this fund-raising effort, you can find them at my online shop — MoodsOfIreland.Com.
an aerial view of the countryside at sunset with clouds in the sky and green fields below
Two images captured three minutes apart in January 2019 as the sun set over the rolling green hills of County Clare, casting a delicate yellow glow on the meadows and billowing pink clouds overhead. Winding through the countryside below is the road to Kilrush from the village of Kildysart. . . . . . . . #sunrisesunset #sunsetters #sunrise_sunsets #sunsetoftheday #sunrises_and_sunsets #sunset_pics #sunrise_and_sunset #sunrise_sunset_worldwide #skyart #sky_brilliance #sunset_shotz #irel
the sun is setting over some flowers in front of a fence
Daffodils are fading out for this year here in County Clare, but the sun still rises every day... I captured this image in Spring 2016 during a particularly impressive sunrise over Ireland's Shannon Estuary. How are things where you are? Let me know in the comments!
the sun is shining through an old window with stonework on it and trees in the background
This composite image from my book, "Portals through Time: Irish Doorways and Windows (Mystical Moods of Ireland, Vol. VI)" features a spectacular County Clare sunrise viewed through this ornate window in the ruins of the cathedral at Clare Abbey, built in 1195. This window would have been filled with stained glass, an important art form of the Middle Ages, used for storytelling and recording history. . Find the book on Amazon or via the link in my bio!
an open window with red flowers in the foreground and a green field behind it
The magical Irish countryside comes alive each Spring with blooming cherry blossoms and tulips. From my book, "Portals through Time: Irish Doorways & Windows (Mystical Moods of Ireland, Vol. VI). This composite image features a brilliant scene captured in April 2017 near the village of Quin in County Clare. The weathered stone wall is from a carriage house at Doneraile Park in County Cork.