The Rosses, County Donegal, Ireland by Barry Hendrickson © Hendrickson Fine Art Photography

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 vast stretch of sand. As you can see from the photograph, it was striking. Did someone forget their boat? Were they caught off guard?   


Tides are about coming and going, and that requires patience. Stick around and the water will come up. Eventually the sea will rise, and again your boat will be adrift on the water.  It sounds a bit like life huh? The ebbs and flows. Here and there. The before and the after.  I am still learning these lessons of patience. 


So wait and see … yes, this boat will soon be navigating the water again.


“The Rosses” – a limited edition, fine art photograph is available in three sizes.

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This photograph reminds me of a poem by John O’Donohue.



On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.


And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green,
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.


When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.


May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.


And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.


By John O’Donohue
Echoes of Memory


Hendrickson Fine Art Photography
Shows & Events


Tiny Gallery  – an exhibit in downtown Minneapolis

Come and see “The Rosses” up close. Four of our photos were selected to be displayed with some other fine photographers works at The Tiny Gallery at NordHaus Apartments.  More Information >


Celtic Junction Arts Center

The lobby of this Irish cultural center in Saint Paul is exhibiting our Hendrickson Fine Art photography. Find times and directions here >


Fall Art Crawl 

October 12, 13 and 14  Save these dates for the Saint Paul Art Crawl. I will be exhibiting at the Schmidt Artists Lofts in the Bottle House.