Saturday, March 17, 2012

Erin Go Bragh!

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Faith and begorrah, would you look at what I woke up to this mornin'...?!

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I had no idea! I'll have to start referring to them as "The O'Kittehs"...
One more thing...

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Do you see it? The four-leafed one in the middle? Not a Shamrock, sure, but a lucky clover! :) ~ My great Aunt Mamie used to get me with this when I was little...it just takes a leaf from another clover and a little spit, you see ~ (it won't work without it!)...;)
Sorry for all the Blarney ~ I couldn't resist!

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Now, for some really beautiful Irish subject matter...
These monuments are in Gettysburg Battlefield (Gettysburg National Military Park), taken
 in summer 2010...
 
 
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The New York Infantry's Irish Brigade monument...

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I thought the Irish Wolfhound's vigil at the base of the Celtic cross was so poignant...
I took lots and lots of pictures, from every angle ~ this was one of my favorite monuments.
(Thank Heavens for digital SLRs...)
 
 
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Irish symbolism all over, cast in bronze...


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Gettysburg Battlefield was nothing like I expected...though, I'm not really sure what I expected ~ impressive, however, it was.
You really could tell it was hallowed ground.
There were wide open spaces, of course ~ cliffs, huge rock outcroppings...Little Round Top;
Devil's Den...
but many, many of the hundreds of monuments were deep in the woods...you would drive through really dense woods, then all of a sudden there would be a little clearing, and a monument ~ often with a little path around it and trailing into the woods.
(See above ~ and detail, below) ... that's another monument to the Irish soldiers.)


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The life-sized bronze statues were fabulously detailed...just amazing...I took so many photos!

It was the middle of the afternoon when we got there, and dusk ~ really almost dark...before we left...I was using every last little bit of sun for picture-taking; the sunset-light on some of the bronzes was really beautiful.

I could have stayed another whole day, I think, just looking at details...

I would definitely go back, and stay much longer!
 
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Happy St Patrick's Day!
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
♥ ♥ ♥
Anne

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures and those monuments are amazing. How did your cats like being dyed green?;>) xo Diana

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  2. Erin Go Bragh! Wonderful post. I haven't been to Gettysburg, but I have been to other Civil War battle sites. They are usually out in the woods, silent, amazingly calm and beautiful spots. We would drive, find a monument, drive ... just as in your post. Gettysburg is on my list. The Irish wolfhound at the base of the Celtic cross ... poignant indeed. Love the vintage look postcards.

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  3. What gorgeous pictures!!! I have yet to visit Gettysburg.

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  4. I have never been to Gettysburg...thanks for showing it through your eyes...it must have been amazing.
    Rene'

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  5. Beautiful photos of the monuments. The kitties take priority, though. Have a fun St. Patrick's Day. Deb

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  6. Happy St. Patricks day to you too, Those pesky Leperchans got to the kitties!!
    Love the monument pics.

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  7. oh I love all the pictures..especially of your beautiful cats..OMG..they are just beautiful..hope you have a great St. Patricks day.:)

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  8. As a Civil War Buff and Descendent of Several Great Grandfather and Great Uncle Veterans, I am in awe of the monuments you have shown here today. Beautiful shots and amazing settings. Thank you so much for sharing....Sue

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  9. I'm stopping by to say hello and wishing you a happy St. Pat's day! sandie

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  10. Beautiful pictures!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Gaby

    Love your header!

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  11. Hi ;o) Thanks for coming by my blog the other day ;o) I am just catching up now, my mom and I are still away. What a great post! Loved it! The cat pictures melted my heart ;o) Take Care ;o)

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  12. Such beautiful pictures! Wonderful post, love it. Your blog is full of fun and beauty!!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and for following! :) I am following you now too.

    Wishing you a great day!
    ~Trina

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  13. Wonderful pictures full of so much history. And I just love the name of your blog Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to following you as well!

    ~Trisha

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  14. Thank you for the poignant visit to Gettysburg. Its been many years since I was there. The sense of history in such places gives me goosebumps.
    Thank you also for visiting my blog. I smile at the title of yours--we have cat hair in everything here!

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