Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden


When we traveled to Ireland a few years ago, my favorite stops were gardens and ruins. I was always looking for the secret part – the out of the way doorway, the back parts of the ruined castles, the secret garden that somehow all the other tourists missed. I guess I’m always hoping to discover something that no one else has seen – the mystery seeker in me. Unfortunately, when I do discover that secret door or gate, it’s almost always locked. Here’s a few of my favorite hidden spots from my Ireland photo diary.

The very back corner of Bunratty Garden (© Huffygirl 2011)

Notice the padlock on the door – foiled! 

Dungeon steps at The Black Abbey? ( © Huffygirl 2011)

See the authentic ancient plastic bottle on the steps? Must have been left from one of the sieges.  I wanted to make this shot look like steps leading down to a dungeon. Unfortunately, there was no dungeon at the Black Abbey. This was a set of steps leading up from the cloisters to one of the side buildings.  Not wanting to be undone, I stood at the top of the steps and shot the picture looking down into the dark cloister, giving the effect of steps going down to a dungeon.

Hidden gate at the Dower House Garden of Kilkenny Castle (© Huffygirl 2011)

This gate was pretty well-hidden, in the far back corner of  the Dower House garden at Kilkenny Castle.  I framed the photo with the foliage, trying to make it look like a gate to a secret garden, rather than the garden maintenance shed that it really was.

© Huffygirl 2011

Be gosh and be gora, it’s Ireland Diary preview!


Do Irish people really say “be gosh and be gora?” It would be nice to know once and for all. My guess is, no, this expression is probably reserved for Lucky Charms commercials. Anyway, my husband and I have been working on our Ireland photo diary. Never mind that we took the trip in 2005 – these things take time. Later I’ll share the whole photo diary, but today, in honor of St. Paddy’s Day, a preview.

Bunratty Castle (Photo: Huffygirl)

Ruined farm at Shannon River (Photo: Huffygirl)

Lighthouse, Valencia Island (Photo: Huffygirl)

Galway Bay at the Burren (Photo: Huffygirl)

More later…

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