Join Me?

Join Me? Kilruddery House & Gardens, County Wicklow
Riverside, Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny
Riverside, Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny

Benches … they are everywhere in Ireland. They are located around many venues for those that need

a place to wait on their companions. If you have been walking for a distance, they are an excellent opportunity to take a break and catch your breath. You even see them on front lawns as you are driving through a town or the countryside; inviting neighbors for an evening chat. For each one that I noticed, I would hear a voice asking … Join me? 

So, I started photographing them.  I have dozens of bench images and I can’t wait to capture more. Some are plain, some are weathered, and some add to the elaborate backdrop to a historic venue. Most are wooden or metal. Although, I have come upon some very uncomfortable ones of stone.

My favorite few are those that are tucked away. The ones where you can sit undisturbed for an hour or so. I find myself getting lost in the moment as I blend into the scenery.

And, I always come back to the thought … think of the stories that these benches could tell; the conversations they have heard over time. Now that would make for a great blog!  We could call it ‘The Benches of Ireland.’

Partially Hidden, Birr Castle Grounds, Birr, County Offaly
Partially Hidden, Birr Castle Grounds, Birr, County Offaly
Join Me? Adare Manor, Adare, County Limerick
Join Me? Adare Manor, Adare, County Limerick
Join Me Among the Flowers, Kilruddery House, County Wicklow
Join Me Among the Flowers, Kilruddery House, County Wicklow
Weathered at Upper Lake, Glendalough, County Wicklow
Weathered at Upper Lake, Glendalough, County Wicklow
Eavesdropping, Kilruddery House & Gardens, County Wicklow
Eavesdropping, Kilruddery House & Gardens, County Wicklow
Join Me? Meeting of the Waters, Avoca, County Wicklow
Join Me? Meeting of the Waters, Avoca, County Wicklow
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