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The Cliffs of Moher located in County Clare is one of the most popular attractions in Ireland and it receives over a million visitors each year. It’s 702 feet above the water at its highest point just north of O’Brien’s tower. The tower was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien to impress the females…go figure. It costs two euro to be able to climb the tower to gain an impressive view of the cliffs and from atop the watchtower where visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. Unfortunately, we were white-walled and couldn’t see the cliffs or even the water in the thick fog.

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We traveled three hours in the car to get to the Cliffs of Moher only to find that the intense fog made viewing the cliffs next to impossible. Since we were there, we explored the tower and explored the walking pathways at the end of the paved viewing points. There is walking trails that go for miles in either direction of the cliffs along the ocean that would make for an amazing pilgrimage albeit somewhat dangerous being so close to the edge of the cliffs. Of course, my daredevil friends decided to venture out onto this path, and then defy the rules and venture closer to the edge. My sister forbid me from following them so I opted to photograph the shenanigans from the safety of the walled fence.

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After a strong gust of wind almost knocked everyone down, everyone had enough of being so close to the edge and we proceeded back to the center of the park. We realized there was another side and climbed up the left side and found another walking pathway. This pathway had a fence so it felt safer and we proceeded to walk for a little while and found some cows. I know, that’s not surprising for Ireland but these cows were so fearless and would allow you to get really close to them. We stood and watched them for a while and even were fortunate enough to feed them some grass. The mom and young cow nuzzled each-other and I decided that even though I was only able to get a few shots of partial ocean and cliff, that the beauty of this place shrouded in fog was better than anything I could have asked for. It was truly magical. I am so happy to be able to share these eery, dark, wondrous shots with all of you!

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