Texture does not always mean rough. The combination of texture and color on the buildings of western Ireland reflects a land of extremes. Until the mid-20th century, houses were painted in a reserved palette of whites, creams and buttery yellows – in soft chalky distempers and lime washes. Mixed from dry ingredients, these paints were unstable, needed annual application, and were uneven in colour – part of their charm, some would argue. The use of these paints disappeared with the advent of ready-mixed, longer-lasting commercial paints. This photograph of modern day Ennistimon, County Clare captures the intersection of color and texture and the ever present whimsy that is so very Irish.