Remembering Ireland, days 2 and 3

A year ago right now Becky and I were in Ireland. We have had many great trips together but this one was just magical. I’ve written many times about how amazing the Emerald Isle is, some may even think its almost an obsession. It is a place that we plan on visiting again and again.

We flew from Chicago to Dublin, leaving on May 4 and arriving the morning of May 5. Ireland is five hours ahead of Michigan and six hours ahead of Chicago.

Our first day was spent in a sleepy haze, but we managed to make the two hour drive from Dublin to Galway, spending a good part of the rest of the day sleeping and adjusting to the time change.

May 6: We drove from Galway to Clifden, along the coast of Galway Bay.  That afternoon we found Clifden Castle and created the above image.

May 7: A year ago today we drove from Clifden to Achill Island, stopping along the way at Kylemore Abbey (below). 


One more week until Emerald Expressions; Ireland Photography by Alway


I took a drive to our lab today in Grand Rapids to inspect the canvas prints being created for our upcoming exhibit, “Emerald Expressions.” I got chills when I looked at them! Becky and I are both very excited about the show which debuts next Saturday, March 3, at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts in downtown Ludington. The opening reception is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The exhibit will continue through April 7. So, if you don’t get a chance to see it next Saturday, feel free to stop in Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m.


Down to the wire, our Ireland photography exhibit

We are getting down to the wire, just over a week before the premier of our exhibit, Emerald Expressions. The show will be on display at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. The opening reception is Saturday, March 3 and the show will continue through April 7. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free!

Emerald Expressions is a result of our 14-day journey in Ireland last May.

I fell in love with Ireland in 2006 when I traveled there with my brother, Tom. We spent 9 days there, not really knowing where we were going. Since that time I was able to do a lot of research and a lot of dreaming.

Becky and I started talking about our trip last winter. Originally we were going to visit Scotland as well, but we decided 14 days wasn’t enough time.

I have been to tropical islands and as far south as Argentina. I absolutely love Michigan and the Great Lakes region but there is nothing like Ireland. When you hear about how green Ireland is, it’s no exaggeration. Though Ireland is located 10 degrees further north than Michigan it is in line with the Gulf Stream from Florida, keeping the temperatures above freezing most of the year.

As we get closer to the show I will talk more about our adventures.

– rob

Irish heritage month at Ludington Center for the Arts

March is quickly approaching. That means the debut of our exhibit, Emerald Expressions, at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Our opening reception will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. The exhibit will continue through April 7.


The center will observe Irish Cultural Month throughout March with special presentations, including:

  • Thursday, March 8: “Emerald Expressions,” Photographer’s Journal. Rob will discuss the photographic journey he and Becky took last May and how they created the images in the exhibit. 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9: “Secret of the Cave” film screening. Scottville native Harold Cronk, co-owner of 10 West Studios in Manistee, will talk about the movie “Secret of the Cave,” which he served as production designer. The movie was filmed on Achille Island, County Mayo, Ireland, which is also where many of the photographs of “Emerald Expressions” were created. 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16: “Reading the Irish Landscape.” Professor Seàn Henne of West Shore Community College will discuss how the Irish landscape influences poetry, art and photography. Professor Henne majored in Irish Studies at Boston College. He is of Irish decent and has traveled there several times.
  • Saturday, March 17: Emerald Ball. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style as the Ludington Area Center for the Arts holds its annual major fundraiser. The event will feature the General Assembly big band.