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Images of Ireland: 20 Irish landscapes and seascapes

The Emerald Isle is known for lush landscapes, rugged seascapes and natural beauty.
The Emerald Isle is known for lush landscapes, rugged seascapes and natural beauty.
Photos by Colleen Smith for Friday Jones Publishing

"Everybody’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” or so the saying goes. Shamrocks seem to be everywhere, along with parades, corned beef and cabbage and green beer. Many aspects of the festivities in the United States are Americanized, and you’d be hard pressed to find the Irish drinking green been on the Emerald Isle.

But for an authentic and inspirational look at Ireland, check out this slide show with images of the Irish landscape. The Irish people have a strong and long tradition of farming, gardening and fishing, so they tend to be in touch with the olde sod--as it's known--as well as the powerful sea surrounding the island.

Look below for links to other authentically Irish articles about Newgrange, Irish flowers, a secret Irish garden, and architectural color for your garden and home.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day. "May the wind be always at your back."

To learn more about Newgrange, Ireland -- a World Heritage Site that dates to the Stone Age and is 500 years older than the pyramids at Giza, click this link. Newgrange is link to Winter Solstice as you'll learn from this article "Winter Solstice in Newgrange, Ireland: A tale of darkness and light."

To get inspired by Irish architectural color, check out this slide show with doors of Dublin and other colorful exterior paint treatments.

To see a slide show of Irish flowers, check out this slide show "My Wild Irish Rose and other flowers" with beautiful images from Ireland.

And check out Kilfane, an enchanted secret garden and waterfall in Ireland.

••• "Cultivate your corner of the world.
You grow your garden; your garden grows you." •••

Colleen Smith's gift book "Laid-Back Skier" makes a charming gift! This whimsical, inspirational book includes lots of original illustrations of charming ski bunnies and encouragement for life's ups and downs. Watch "Laid-Back Skier's" brief YouTube video here.

Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo”—a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — is available in hardcover or e—book.

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