Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sepia Saturday #271: 'Of the four-legged variety'

Thanks very much to Sepia Saturday chief Alan Burnett for the inspiration image for today's Sepia Saturday post. For me, looking at the picture of the horses elicited thoughts about beings, and other 'types' with four legs, that we might encounter along life's journey. So for my contribution to the images roll, back in colour today, I offer 'Of the four-legged variety'. Be sure to stop by the Sepia Saturday blog to connect with others who have been inspired by today's theme photograph, and perhaps you will be inspired too.

Atop the Harvie tomb, a dog stands upon his master's cloak,
howling for all eternity over the loss of his master.
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin.
The top of a tomb with four leonine feet looks set to walk away.
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin.
A close-up of the paws in question.
Four legs beneath, being stomped on by feet,
as St. George slays the dragon.
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
Six feet here rather than four, I realize, as the Irish wolfhound hangs
on the words of his angel mistress.
O'Connell Monument, Dublin.
Given that we are in Ireland, we must include the requisite sheep,
grazing at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Murrisk, County Mayo, and...
... nearby, the cows must be given their due.
The addition of some humans and horses, for good measure.
Riding in the Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, with my family:
Dad is on the left, seated atop a mare named Maudie.
Mom is in the 'trap' with Seamus the driver,
pulled by a pony named Lizzy,
and I am on the right riding a pony named Tom.
My brother is behind the camera.



©irisheyesjg2015.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, what an interesting post, and your photos are delightful to view too.

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    1. Karen, thanks very much for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  2. Jenn, I feel the same as Karen, what an interesting post. I love the tombstone with the paws, and you look like a very happy girl on your horse. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Charlotte, thanks very much for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated. I love that tombstone too, and photos like that one with my parents always make me remember happy times.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  3. Lovely photos. Sculpture awes me...one small mistake and it's ruined. Nerves of steel are required to put this art. I like the walking tombstone too.

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    1. Helen, thanks very much for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated. I think about the same sorts of things when it comes to sculpture. I am always in awe of artists who produce such works.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  4. The scenery in that last photo with you all riding is rugged and lush at the same time with the mountains and the lake and the winding road passing quaint cottages. A perfect shot! :)

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    1. La Nightingail, thanks very much for your lovely comments; they are much appreciated. That shot is a favourite of mine, because I remember the day so well, even though it was years ago. We rode up to one of the upper lakes in the Gap, and had gorgeous weather the whole day long; not a drop of rain. It was, as you say, perfect!

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  5. As far as the "inspiring image" is concerned, the pleasure was all mine. And the pleasure was reading your fascinating post. Thank you.

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    1. Alan, thanks very much for your lovely comments; they are much appreciated. Thank you too for finding this post fascinating. Participating in Sepia Saturday is such a pleasure, and I am always pleased when the image takes me in new directions.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  6. I'm drawn to the Irish Wolfhound and the live sheep and cows. A super family photo rounds off a fascinating post.

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    1. Bob, thanks very much for your lovely comments; they are much appreciated. I am very much drawn to the Wolfhound as well, a very wise canine. The sheep and the cows are grazing on land in the area once farmed by family members, so they're favourites in my book too, and I have to agree with you about the family photo.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  7. Great Irish photos...I love sculptures that are so beautiful...and I endeavor still to make simple shapes in clay myself. Jenn you look so happy on that pony in Ireland. Thanks for sharing it all!

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    1. Barbara, thanks very much for your lovely comments; they are much appreciated. I'm with you when it comes to sculpture, but sadly have no talent for it myself. I used to love to ride, and am sure I was over the moon on that day.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  8. That dog in the first photo might be the Irish equivalent of Edinburgh's Greyfriars Bobby, and The Gap of Dunloe is a great place to walk on two feet as well as four, as mu husband and I did in 2007.

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    1. Jo, thanks very much for your lovely comments. Ah, the dedication of dogs. With the dog up top, apparently the story goes that his master drowned in the sea near Wicklow and the dog found his cloak on the beach and was inconsolable, poor fellow. Two feet and even two wheels, the Gap is a great place to walk and to cycle too. A beautiful spot to enjoy in so many ways.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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  9. The Dublin cemetery looks much like the ones in New Orleans.
    Clever take on the theme!

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    1. Wendy, thanks very much for your comments; they are always much appreciated. Lots of very old tombs here too, just like New Orleans, but not too many above ground vaults.

      Cheers,
      Jennifer

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