Trinity College

The first thing on my 'to see' list in Dublin was Trinity College.  This place is so incredible and no small, or even long paragraphs can do it justice on this blog.  We arrived on the campus in the last part of 'blue light'.  We stayed for about five hours.  Photographers are not allowed to use a tripod on any part of the campus and in some places no photography at all is allowed.  We made it work.  Enjoy.

Looking through the arch to the main entrance.

Gorgeous old buildings everywhere.

Playing with high key without losing details.  Shutter speed 1.5 seconds!

Common path/road.  The chain fence you see has a special purpose . . . protect the lawn and it is the primary method of chaining the thousands of bikes all over campus.

Intimate gardens are well tended.  It had rained over night so the grass and benches were wet.

Fall color is just beginning in Dublin.

Ceiling in the geology building.

Well, this sculpture not only captivated us but it seems to attract photographers, as we saw dozens while we were there.  Framed against some fall color.  The spire of St. Patrick's Cathedral is seen in the background.  We could not figure out what it was.  There was no inscription or sign to be found.

This is a hard ball to describe!  I tried hard to show the detail, which I thought was awesome.  Keeping me out of the photo by strategically placing myself in the upward center column . . . 

Oh heck! Just use my flash.  Totally different look!  Now you can see the detail.

Oh my gosh!  The trees were just beautiful.

This is the highlight of any visit to Trinity College.  The Library and the Book of Kells.  No photos are allowed on the lower floor where the exhibits are placed.  The upper floor or Long Room allows photographs but no flash or tripods.  It is quite dark.  We arrived shortly after the Library opened.  Big mistake not to be first in line and head right up to the Long Room.  Save the exhibits for later.  By the time we got started the room was already crowded.  I really encourage you to do some research on this rare library.

Dublin is full of double-decker busses.  And they have a double-decker library.  Thousand upon thousands of old, one in print books are kept here.  

A bigger photo of Tom's close up below.

I am pleased to introduce you to Ken Kerrigan.  Ken's mission is to make each visitor's visit a bit more special.  He is a wealth of information and readily shares with anyone who asks.  He and Tom struck of a conversation and realized they have two common interests . . . old cars and photography.  Ken showed Tom several photos he has taken with his phone and then agreed to send them to us so we could share with the rest of you.  Thanks Ken, so very much.

Meet Ken.

From the second floor.

Going up?

Trinity College reminds me that the desire to learn, to share, to make the world a better place is not a new endeavor.  The diversity found on the campus was refreshing.  Please take some time and read up on its mission and history.