Artistic landscape in the Irish mists: Gougane Barra, County Cork, Ireland

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Comments (7)

Ian Stehbens on October 12, 2007

Back in the 1970s, when China was beginning to open diplomatic relationships with the outside world, I had significant opportunities to visit China. Of course the SLR came with me then. But apart from some great shots which I still love, it was the appreciation of Chinese art forms that was a new learning. The landscapes are painted on a white background which is not filled in as our landscape artists invariably do. Limestone peaks, flowers and birds emerge out of a white mist backgound. This shot is reminiscent of the Chinese artists for me.

Hazel Coetzee on February 24, 2009

Ian - This is beautiful, very sensitively done. A magic place indeed.

My shots of Gougane Barra were taken on a sunny day. Will post some soon, so you can have a squiz, if convenient. We were also driven through some amazing Hobbitty woods near this lovely place, and I was fascinated by the moss-covered tree trunks. Then our friend (who lives in that area) DROVE us with great aplomb along a very narrow cycle track, and to my great consternation and surprise we even met a car coming along it in the opposite direction! I suppose the cyclists must have to use the roads instead!!

Cheers, Hazel

Ian Stehbens on February 24, 2009

Hazel, it is wonderful that our paths have already crossed and will again in The Connemara! I have been very proud of this work or art, and yet while it has had plenty of hits, you are the first to comment. When Margaret and I discovered it, it was simply my map reading of the landscape that took us there, for I had not read any tourist brochures on it. We never seemed to need to do that in Ireland, for every turn we made, every road we took, took us into something scenic or captivating. This we loved - ev'ry bit of it.


_Konstantina.R._ on August 12, 2009

Thank you

Ian Stehbens on August 12, 2009

And thank you, SPiRiT. It is a special place, indeed.


_Konstantina.R._ on August 14, 2009

This is certain one of the places i would like to visit...!!!

Ian Stehbens on August 17, 2009

I hope you visit Ireland, Spirit, and that you find this special place.... and many many more in that beautiful place.


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Photo taken in Derreennacusha, Co. Cork, Ireland

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