I love returning to the small town feel of Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland. Behind its main street hides this little gem, the Cascades of the Inagh River. Due to recent heavy rains, the water level was especially high. The kayaking is apparently amazing!


Be the first to post a comment.



There is another world, but it is in this one.” 

~W.B. Yeats


1 comment | Post comment

Great, great quote.
-- Susan Devlin Russell, 10/28/17



To be Irish is a reoccurring theme today. So many kind, welcoming and giving people like Maureen Leahy, age 92 who lives with the wild Atlantic just outside her doorstep.


1 comment | Post comment

The very definition of class. Perfect picture
-- Joe Prest, 10/27/17



“So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong, just as he had tasted for a little while the deep happiness.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald


Be the first to post a comment.

Maude's Place


There is an abandoned farmhouse just up the river from the medieval Irish village of Ennistimon which was owned by Maude, now long gone.  It is a short but lovely hike among tall trees and ivy to the rusted gate.  Each time I visit Ireland there is an irresistible gravitational pull that brings me back . . . 


Be the first to post a comment.



“To be nobody but 
yourself in a world 
which is doing its best day and night to make you like 
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle 
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” 

~E.E. Cummings


Be the first to post a comment.



“Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.” 

~Kim Edwards


Be the first to post a comment.



“There is no greater power on this earth than story.” 

~Libba Bray, The Diviners

I am very honored that my photograph “The Diviner” has been juried into the Cambridge Art Association’s “Blue” 2017 Biennial Exhibition!


Be the first to post a comment.



“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you'll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.” 

~Stephen King


Be the first to post a comment.



“There's little to see, but things leave an impression. It's a matter of time and repetition. As something old wears thin or out, something new wears in. The handle on the pump, the crank on the churn, the dipper floating in the bucket, the latch on the screen, the door on the privy, the fender on the stove, the knees of the pants and the seat of the chair, the handle of the brush and the lid to the pot exist in time but outside taste; they wear in more than they wear out. It can't be helped. It's neither good nor bad. It's the nature of life.” 

~Wright Morris


Be the first to post a comment.



“Consciousness is clear; it reflects colors of the vessel.” 

~D. Mridha


Be the first to post a comment.



"Passage . . ."

Where do we go when we die? Is death only another moment? Where do we come from? What exactly is this dream between birth and dying, entering and exiting? 
Every generation thinks that these are “crucial times” but the threads of these larger questions have interlaced the human condition from the beginning. 

“Passage. . .”, a series of black and white photographs entwining the human form, vintage ladders and luminous fabric, explores the passages, barriers, transitions and thresholds of the human experience. 

Opening Reception:  Sunday November 12, 2017 3-5 pm


Be the first to post a comment.



May the roof above us never fall in. 
And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

~Irish Blessing


Be the first to post a comment.



“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” 

~Steven Wright


Be the first to post a comment.



“Between the lines thoughts were felt. In a way words could never read.”

~Maira Cheeda


Be the first to post a comment.



“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting. 

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.” 

~C.E. Murphy, The Urban Shanty


1 comment | Post comment

The Irish understand tea is more than tea.☘️☘️☘️
-- Susan Devlin Russell, 10/7/17



“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” 

~Virginia Woolf


Be the first to post a comment.



“In the daylight we know
what’s gone is gone,
but at night it’s different.
Nothing gets finished,
not dying, not mourning;” 

~Margaret Atwood


Be the first to post a comment.



“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” 

~Paul Coelho


Be the first to post a comment.



“She knows herself to be at the mercy of events,
 and she knows by now that events have no mercy.” 

~Margaret Atwood, the Blind Assassin


Be the first to post a comment.




Here is a story
to break your heart.
Are you willing?
This winter
the loons came to our harbor
and died, one by one,
of nothing we could see.
A friend told me
of one on the shore
that lifted its head and opened
the elegant beak and cried out
in the long, sweet savoring of its life
which, if you have heard it,
you know is a sacred thing,
and for which, if you have not heard it,
you had better hurry to where
they still sing.
And, believe me, tell no one
just where that is.
The next morning
this loon, speckled
and iridescent and with a plan
to fly home
to some hidden lake,
was dead on the shore.
I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.

~Mary Oliver


Be the first to post a comment.



“It's a silly argument, and unnecessary. Creativity doesn't happen "in here" or "out there" but in the spaces in between. Creativity is a relationship, one that unfolds at the intersection of person and place.” 

~Eric Weiner


Be the first to post a comment.

Previously published:

All 2,397 blog entries

Photography by David Lee Black Studios. All images copyrighted.