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October 16, 2012

AE Travel Lens | Ireland 2012, Part Two

I arrived home safe and sound from Ireland on Sunday night after one of those crazy long 24+ hour days of travel.

In looking back through my photos a couple themes really stood out: landscapes (along with clouds & sky) and yellow. I expected the wide open landscapes and those awesome places where sky and sea or land meet, but the yellow was a bit of a surprise.

I like being surprised.

The landscapes:

The yellow:

Such a fun adventure. I love checking out new places – especially with a wonderful collection of new and old friends.

Once again this year one of my most favorite parts of the trip was the laughter. I love watching people let themselves be delighted and open up to the experience of travel, meeting new people, going with the flow, experiencing a different culture, etc.

Now it’s time to catch up on things around here and hug my kids a million times.

Looking for some adventure with like-minded memory keepers? Next November (2o13 – not during US Thanksgiving) I’ll be doing another trip with Jim West/Scrapmap to China. More details available here.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Welcome home Ali!! So happy to see you here again, missed you!! These are gorgeous and stunning pictures. I LOOOOOOVE ALL THE YELLOW, those doors are so cool!! Enjoy being home and soaking up all the stories and hugs from your kids.

  • 2.
    Marie said…

    Welcome back Ali! Your pictures from Ireland are beautiful!

  • 3.
    audra said…

    Welcome back- you have been greatly missed! The pics are beautiful and the yellow is stunning!

  • 4.
    Eileen said…

    Great photos especially of the walled fields. I’m really missing Ireland now.

  • 5.
    Katie Johnson said…

    Oh your pictures make me want to go back to Ireland TODAY. I was fortunate enough to go a couple years ago and have been dreaming of it ever since. So glad you had a good time and that you’ve returned safe and sound.

  • 6.
    Susan said…

    my mom, sisters, and brother just visited ireland in september and came home with so many ‘landscape’ photos. so glorious! welcome back.

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    Welcome home Ali! So glad your back safely!!!! I only can dream that some day I can do one of those trips…Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Until then:)

  • 8.
    Sue said…

    Welcome back! The photos remind me of my daughter and her husband’s trip to Ireland last year (it was a belated honeymoon). Beautiful scenery. That yellow was so bright and cheerful and I loved it!

  • 9.
    Marsaille said…

    All of that just confirms that I could easily move there.

  • 10.
    Paula said…

    Gorgeous photos and I just love the smile on your face in the 1st photo. I know the feeling of being glad to have the experience yet also so glad to be back home with your family. It’s all part of the length and width thing :)

  • 11.
    Brooke U said…

    You pictures are beautiful! Welcome home!!

  • 12.
    Shannon said…

    Great pictures! Love the use of yellow so bright and happy.

  • 13.
    pearl said…

    welcome back Ali! your pictures are gorgeous! I need to make a trip there. question: when you’re traveling like that, how many lenses do you carry with you? and what are they? my struggle with trips is that I want to carry my lenses, but then to carry those lenses, it seems like a burden, the weight? but I would want great pictures… I’m conflicted. thanks in advance!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just took one with me (the 24-70) – it’s the one I keep on there all the time. I also took photos with my iphone and with the instax (I’ll post those later this week).

    • ….
      pearl said…

      thanx Ali! I need to figure out how to manage a DSLR and 3 boys (5, 3, 1) on trips.

  • 14.
    Dori said…

    Welcome home! Thanks for the lovely photos. Those yellow doors are so… happy!

  • 15.

    This brightened my day! Love the photos! Love that you are enjoying yourself there! Thanks!

  • 16.
    Janet K said…

    Welcome back! Glad you had a great trip. Your photos are great, so beautiful. I like the yellow.

  • 17.
    laura g. said…

    love the beautiful, gorgeous pictures!!

  • 18.
    Toni From said…

    Welcome back Ali, loving all of the bright yellow doors-how adorable. You take such great photos, it is fun to see Ireland through your lens.

    Also I ordered the SC DD kit, and I cannot wait to see what you do with your pages, I cannot believe it is already mid-October, how crazy is that?

  • 19.
    j. said…

    Any chance you will be designing any “ireland” brushes? I know there are many that would love them! Thanks for considering. :)

  • 20.
    Stacy said…

    Ali, I love the yellow!! Sounds like you had a great time! Enjoy settling back in with your kiddos. Looking forward to your December Daily posts! Take care :-)

  • 21.
    helen said…

    welcome home! you sure are happy to be back to your children and family; lovely photos; where I live the landscapes are similar (so are the sky and the land) but we usually find blue rather than yellow ;) : that’s a close neighbor :Britanny,France. did you know, that ‘s usually paint leftovers from fish boats that is used to paint windows and doors on islands?

  • 22.
    Deb J said…

    Ali, so glad you had a good trip. Love the yellow. reland is so beautiful. Glad you are home safe.

  • 23.
    Shelbie said…

    Welcome home! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip after you catch up with your kiddos. :)

  • 24.
    sansku said…

    Brought back memories of living in Ireland… Thanks! :)

  • 25.
    Barb in AK said…

    Amazing photos, Ali. And I love the POP of the yellows you found. I so want to join you on a trip one day :-)

  • 26.
    Mel said…

    Absolutely loved the pops of yellow in your photos. Yellow is brilliantly happy color! A bit of departure from all the green.

  • 27.
    Lori said…

    I am in Ireland now and noticed that that you were in places that we had been earlier in the day. It is so beautiful here. We go home on Saturday. The landscapes are beautiful and I can’t believe how many photos we have taken.

  • 28.
    Mel said…

    I know its crazy since I only live in England but I’ve never been to Ireland your wonderful pictures make me want to go right now!

    Welcome home.

  • 29.
    Allison M. said…

    Gorgeous photos – welcome home! Can’t wait to hear more stories of your trip.

  • 30.
    Renee Zwirek said…


  • 31.
    Anita J said…

    Welcome home. Awesome photos … what a great trip.

  • 32.
    Christine said…

    Love the “yellow” shots. Very cool.

  • 33.
    Christy said…

    Looks like you made it to Adare!

  • 34.
    MarinaV. said…

    What a great experience.. Love the photos.. So very inspiring ..

  • 35.
    Shelly K said…

    Welcome home! So glad you had a great trip!! So glad you are back with your kiddos!!! Enjoy, and thanks for sharing.

  • 36.
    CoCo said…

    So glad you enjoyed my beautiful country!It’s lovely to see other people appreciate what we sometimes take for granted. I think the mountain in the background of the top photo with you in it might be the one my grandmother’s house looks out onto (near Cong?) – my kids know we’re nearly there when they see that mountain and the lake comes into view. It’s like following Dora’s map! I’m sure your little ones are delighted you are home safely too. Thanks for sharing.

  • 37.
    Tourism Ireland said…

    Such great pictures you took! You are right, the landscape in Ireland really is a beautiful spectacle! Did you enjoy the Cliffs of Moher? Where you able to stop by Bunratty Castle while in County Clare? Mel and Lisa W if you would like more information on Ireland to help plan your trip in future, our website is wonderful and packed full of information to help you do so!

  • 38.
    Sheila said…

    What parts of Ireland were you in? The Cliffs are near my Dad’s hometown and my husband is from Tipperary. Made me homesick to see them all! Thank you for sharing!!

  • 39.
    Tracy Smith said…

    I, too, have lots of yellow in my photos from Ireland – mostly houses and doors. I loved the doors of Dublin, so many colors, but I did love that pop of yellow jumping out here and there.

  • 40.
    Jennifer Pedwell said…

    my husbands heritage is Irish and it is his dream to travel to Ireland! It looks fabulous, thanks for sharing your photos

  • 41.
    Erin B said…

    I began scrapbooking because of a desire to do something with all of my beautiful landscape photos from Ireland. Though it uses tons of style and techniques lifts of the published scrappers of the time and I would certainly do it differently now, it remains one of my favorite albums. Your photos make me want to break it out and reminisce.

  • 42.
    Denise KC said…

    Hi Ali,

    What a great trip! I luv,luv,luv the yellow…what a nice surprise to see such a happy color during an overcast day!

    Welcome Back :-)

  • 43.
    Deirdre said…

    Hi Ali, hope you enjoyed your trip – great photos.

  • 44.
    Diane said…

    Wow! Stunning photos. I’m English but with grandparents from Ireland and keep meaning to “pop across the water” for a visit. You’ve inspired me to do so more than ever. Glad you had such a great time. Thank you for sharing your adventure and photos.

  • 45.
    Wendy said…

    Welcome home – you were missed! Great photos! I would have never thought there would be so many colors in Ireland – I just think green! I read the china trip details to my husband & he’s ready to sign us up!!

  • 46.
    HeidiY said…

    Beautiful pictures! I love the bright Yellow!

  • 47.
    Lida said…

    Great photos! China trip! Sounds like a great trip for next year.

  • 48.
    Janet said…

    Love the yellow – such a happy color. My dining room is a pale yellow. Looks like a lovely trip.

  • 49.
    ARC said…

    We stayed right near that 1st yellow door, I think :) Love those photos – it brings back memories of the trip we took earlier this year!

  • 50.
    Ali Behan said…

    Delighted that you enjoyed your trip here. I’m in Dublin and don’t think I will ever get tired of the beautiful views around. I grew up in the village of Enniskerry, where Powerscourt Gardens are. I think you might have visited there and walked through the Avoca shops. We used to run through the fields there and sneak into the gardens in the summer. Good times! I hope you can make it back sometime for a masterclass in Scrapbooking while you are here :-)

    Ali Behan

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