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St Benens Church Hendrickson Fine Art Photo

Desert in the Sea

It is an adventure to journey to the Aran Islands. These rugged islands are found in Western Ireland, in County Galway. Having heard stories of these islands, Barry and I couldn’t wait to visit. We took the ferry from Rossaveal to visit Inishmore, the largest of the three islands. We were prepared to leave our car behind. When exploring this island sprinkled with ancient stone sites, it is necessary to bike, hike or take a pony and trap. Our trip on Inishmore was in October, often a cold and windy time of year. But we had lots of sun, glorious sun. Barry however, was frustrated by photographing in all of that super bright sun. It was reflecting off the limestone...

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Stone Fence fine art photo

Stone Fence

Stone Fence, Weaving their way across Ireland. Visiting Ireland for the first time, or third or the tenth time…. it is easy to notice the miles of stone fences that criss-cross over the countryside. My husband Barry and I saw many of them when traveling in County Galway in western Ireland. ...

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"No Irish Need Apply" by Hendrickson Fine Art Photography 2019

No Irish Need Apply

No Irish Need Apply - How Soon We Forget. I usually like to spend a great amount of time working on an image before revealing it. However, I feel compelled by recent events to show the photograph here in its preliminary stage. Tacked to the wall of a pub is a sign, surrounded by currency from all parts of the world. It states “Help Wanted – No Irish Need Apply.” My ancestors were Irish immigrants....

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What is it about Ireland?

Have you ever heard about a place, a country, a land for years? Something that sounds so wonderful, the anticipation to travel there is so great? That place for me has been Ireland. Ever since I can remember the fact that I was Irish was a good thing, a special source of pride. My mom’s side of the family is very passionate about their Irish heritage. This love of Ireland shows up around holidays, family gatherings, wedding and funerals. Traditional Irish songs, and wearing of the green are common and expected. St Patrick’s Day is a reason to take off work and get together with our very large clan of relatives.   I am asked when I am showing my fine art photos,...

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The Ebbs and Flows

The Rosses (In Irish: Na Rosa) County Donegal, Ireland   The inlets from the sea are fascinating for me. You see I am from Minnesota, a land locked region situated in center of the United States. We have plenty of water, thousands of lakes and also some rivers. But we don’t have the sea. So no, we don’t have tides. High tides, low tides, none of that. So visiting Ireland, a country encircled with sea was an amazing visual treat.   When Barry and I were traveling in Ireland, we loved taking all of the roads that outlined the coast. This day's journey lead us into the northwestern region of County Donegal. Suddenly we came upon a boat just siting there, alone in this...

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The View from the Pass

Connor Pass (In Irish: An Chonair) Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland   One of the roads out of the town of Dingle leads to Connor Pass -- one of the highest points in Ireland.     We left early that misty morning, driving the twisting, winding road up and up into the mountains. It’s one of those roads so windy and bendy, that you are not permitted to drive it in a bus, motorhome or truck. You  will not get through. And so narrow at times you need to pull aside to let the opposite driver pass!   As we finally neared the highest mountain point, Barry was so excited to capture what he saw, he just grabbed his camera and jumped out of the car -- leaving...

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