Monochrome Madness and Motion (The hill of Tara)

Follow me up to Carlow ( a rebel song)

“see all the children of the Gael beneath O’Byrnes banner”

“The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true – the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time”

For Leanne Coles’ Monochrome Madness 3-16

a tribute to my Irish history

I caught this image of a young girl running up the hill toward the memorial stone marking the graves of the patriots who fought in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.  Sadly many of those who died for Ireland did so by hangman or in front of English firing squads. The reverent stillness of the stone, with the child running struck a poignant chord with me.

“The United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions, were the main organizing force behind the rebellion, led by Presbyterians angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment and joined by Catholics, who made up the majority of the population. A French army which landed in County Mayo in support of the rebels was overwhelmed by British and loyalist forces. The uprising was suppressed by British Crown forces with a death toll of between 10,000 and 30,000.”

I have many more posts on Ireland on my first blog “ Gateways and Journeys ( link is on sidebar)

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Life is Motion

Quick Motion

Smooth Motion (Muckross)

Wicklow
cloud swing

Gentle Motion

Joyful Motion

jumping

“You are the universe in ecstatic motion”– Rumi

Marina and the Diamonds

55 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the emotion evoked by your image and the wonderful look you chose for it!

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    1. I love that first image too! Thanks Stacy!

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  2. sixpixx says:

    Every one suggestive of a new story. Beautiful.

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    1. you are so kind Maxine! Thank you!

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  3. pattimoed says:

    Gorgeous. The moods you can convey are stunning. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Patti, forgive me for being behind – I’m mad with packing etc!!

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  4. Each image has its appeal that captures movement in ways that conjure stories–stories that pull me into the frame.

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    1. oh that is very gratifying to hear. Thank you!!!

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  5. As a child, I used to obsess about living on a spinning globe and us all rushing around it, forever in motion, while the globe itself seemed stationary beneath us. Or sitting as a passenger in a car, watching the scenery whizzing by, when when it was the car doing the whizzing. Your wonderful pictures, Cybele, reminded me of those feelings.

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    1. thank you for such a lovely comment Sarah!! It was a good subject as I’m in the middle of a move and rushing around myself. 😀

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  6. Well, your photos have certainly moved me! I seem really drawn to the young girl running up the hill. Have a wonderful week! 😊

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    1. thanks so much Linda! As you can imagine I’m going quite mad now!!

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      1. Again? Or, still? phfffft! LOL! No need to respond. I’m so far behind anyway! Haha! 😆

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      2. ha ha- great minds are so alike!! Thanks Linda!

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  7. Plenty of motion!

    Great shots.

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  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Wonderful first image, Cybele, and certainly poignant – over the years, we English have done many regretable things. Also especially enjoy Joyful Motion. A 🙂

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    1. oh boy Adrian, it’s quite a history! and I love all of Great Britain. But being Scots and Irish I find the history very tragic, bearing in mind from the English point of view that Scotland and those wild highlanders were a thorn in their side over the centuries. The Brits were no worse than any other nation with power. It’s a sad testament to mankind’s greed throughout history. Although here in Canada, we are a bit like Switzerland on the international scene we were terrible bullies toward the aboriginal peoples whom we abused and pushed off their land as well when this country was growing. Now we are making reparations to them.
      I did another post on the battle of Culloden which now of course, since that series Outlander came out, more people know about. It’s very poignant. I was over there during the referendum which was very interesting. The highlands still were more for independence! When the Bank of Scotland threatened to leave that might have been a deciding factor(you think!?) but it was close, and I saw that the Scottish economy was booming there with off shore oil etc.
      Here is a link to my post re: Culloden.
      I hope it didn’t contain too many errors. it’s a very touching experience to visit there when you have family who lived in that area.

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      1. Adrian Lewis says:

        I think your words “It’s a sad testament to mankind’s greed throughout history” say it all, Cybele. As I get older I despair at man’s ongoing inhumanity to man, and really can’t see any end to it. And knowing that I cannot do anything about it, I try not to think about it. Escapism? Avoiding the issue? Probably, but I can see no point in wilfully depressing my spirits. But it is sad, sad, sad. Its very good to talk to you about this. A

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      2. oh I hear you my friend! I’m with you on that but sometimes my melancholy nature takes over! lol

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      3. ps: Here’s a WB Yeats quote I find amusing “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”

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  9. robert87004 says:

    you and your unique self, 🙂 as usual, impressive.

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  10. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful as usual!

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    1. many thanks Maria!

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  11. lauramacky says:

    So incredibly creative with the different motions. I love Gentle Motion and the girl running. Incredible!!!

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    1. thank you so much Laura!

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  12. Alexa says:

    What a beautiful shot of the girl running.. it evokes much emotion. Great job!

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    1. Many thanks Alexa!!

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  13. Sheila says:

    Great examples of movement. The first photo has an ominous feel to it like something evil might be chasing the girl. Maybe I just have seen one too many scary movies. 😉 Great capture.

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    1. thanks so much Sheila! It is moody but no one was chasing her! Someone else said it had a dreamlike quality!

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  14. Amazing movement Cybele, great shot!

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    1. thanks so much Della!

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  15. They’re beautiful, all of them. Favourite is the first one!

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  16. Anita says:

    Love the variety, Cybele!

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  17. How nice that you could depict those different types of motion so beautifully. Lovely post, Hannah!

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    1. so glad you like it!

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  18. These are wonderful! The first pic is so special .. Thanks for sharing

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    1. thank you Julie!!

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  19. Great capture, Cybele. It looks so mystical there.

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    1. it is!! thanks Sylvia!!

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  20. sheldonk2014 says:

    I love the first one
    Simply beautiful
    As always Sheldon

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    1. thanks so much Sheldon!

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  21. Sue says:

    An excellent set of varied takes on motion….I especially like that first image

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    1. me too Sue, thank you!!

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      1. Sue says:

        Great minds, eh?!

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      2. 😀 of course!

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  22. Sherry Felix says:

    I love the story you photo tells. Your processing adds to the poignancy.

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    1. many thanks Sherry!!

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  23. disperser says:

    Very nice shot of the girl running

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    1. thanks so much disperser!

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