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“Open to the Elements”


Crohy Head, County Donegal, Ireland


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Crohy Head, County Donegal, Ireland

The view from the highest point of “Crohy Head” overlooking Narin , Portnoo” in the far distance. I was travelling across Crohy one day capturing images of these old Irish cottage ruins. I find these little cottages fascinating mainly to their size & placement. Let me explain…..

If you look at this tiny cottage which is so small it is difficult to even imagine one person living here, yet across Ireland only 100 years ago there may have been 5-10 of a family living in a home this small! Also, due to extreme Atlantic winds & the cold you would expect these little cottages to be placed low down on the foot of a hill, even possibly sheltered in a valley or against a cliff? Well no way! Not here in Ireland as for some strange reason our ancestors seemed to love the high winds & cold as they seemed to always have built their cottages on the highest hill tops wide open to all the bitter elements! Lol Maybe they just loved their view as much as we adore it today?

P.S. As you can see, the only one’s brave enough in today’s world to bare these conditions are these 4 woolly critters 

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