I am in Ireland (… and there is no snake here).

A little story for a cold winter morning:

I had a great chance to visit Galway, Ireland back in 2015. The hotel that I was staying is near a beautiful lake (it is  Lough Atalia lake – I am not sure it is a lake though). I had a thought to get a good view of the lake one of the mornings there.  The first few mornings were a bit disappointed from the cloudy skies and some rain. Finally, a great break with sunshine and  clear blue sky morning came. Yes!

Just right across the road running along the hotel, I saw this great view of a railroad bridge across the lake against a great blue sky.  Great, I needed to get a little closer … but …there was one little problem. There were tall grasses along the bank of the lake.  A big snake thought started flashing in my mind!!  I have (bad) snake phobia. “There is no snake in Ireland, right ?” I asked myself.  A calmer thought tried to reason.  “Yeah, that must be true. Everybody says that.”. “OK, let go then”.  After these few moments of the hesitation, I went deeper into the tall grasses and knelt down taking the picture (with still faintly fear in mind) 🙂

I was happy that I did and walking back to the hotel was a bit easier than the other way.

Please stay warm for those who live in wintry climate and be safe from the flu (it is very bad this year in the US).


57 thoughts on “I am in Ireland (… and there is no snake here).

  1. Otto von Münchow February 4, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    It’s quite telling that our responses to an environment is very depending on where we come from. I would never even think of snakes when I enter a field of tall grass, simply because there wouldn’t been any where I live. At least overcoming your first hesitation was rewarded with some lovely images. Looks like a gorgeous day.

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    • YellowCable February 4, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      You are right! I have seen snakes hidden in bushes or were on the road etc. and have heard stories how people got bitten them around where I live. Not that there are many of them that I have seen or heard necessarily but I mainly am always afraid of them too 🙂

      It was a gorgeous day indeed. Thank you Otto.

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  2. wakasahs15th February 4, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    It is a wonderful winter landscape with clear air. Even if there is a snake, it is hibernating in winter.

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    • YellowCable February 4, 2018 / 6:21 pm

      Thank you wakasahs15th san. The time in the story was not winter time but the story for telling during winter time as a break from cold/grey weather. I am sorry I was not so clear.

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      • wakasahs15th February 4, 2018 / 6:36 pm

        I understand now (^ ^) / It was a memorable trip for you.

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    • YellowCable February 5, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      🙂 I did not stay long even the fear subsided a little bit. Thank you!


  3. prior.. February 5, 2018 / 12:48 am

    fun story….
    and that field would have had me worried about bugs and rodents too – but I can see why the snake phobia was on your mind….
    and cool photo to open with – love the layers and the soft (weeds) and green to the back with the sturdy structure of the bridge – looks like a nice day temp wise too

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    • YellowCable February 5, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you and I am glad you like the picture! It was a nice day. If my memory serves, the weather was on a little chilly side and a bit windy too. I came back to the hotel after a few shots.

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      • prior.. February 5, 2018 / 8:30 pm

        thanks for sharing..
        and hope you have a nice rest of your day, YC

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  4. nutsfortreasure February 5, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Great Shot! Yes fear will stop us in our tracks I also dislike snakes 😦

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  5. Miss Gentileschi February 6, 2018 / 9:18 am

    So glad you took the risk and didn’t encounter any snakes! Looks like you had a great trip back then. Ireland is definitely on my must-travel to list. 😊

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    • YellowCable February 6, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      Indeed, I was glad there is no snake 🙂 It was great. Please take a visit there if you have a chance.

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  6. AmyRose🌹 February 7, 2018 / 10:43 am

    What a great set of pictures. I really LOVE the first one, YellowCable! And good for you for getting over your fear of snakes in order to get some images. We just don’t know what we can do until we do it. Thank you for sharing this post with us!! ☺️

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  7. Leyla February 7, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    Beautiful pictures !!!


  8. anotherday2paradise February 11, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Great photos and nice memories, YC. So happy that you didn’t encounter any snakes in the grass. I believe that Irish grass does have some very bitey insects. 😯

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    • YellowCable February 11, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you! Oh… no.. I have not heard of those. I will be careful next time there 🙂

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  9. Cecilia February 13, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Great pictures, but I totally understand you with the snake thoughts.

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  10. Sonyo Estavillo March 8, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    How amazing! I have never been to Ireland, but would ❤ to visit. I've always wanted to go.

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  11. denisebushphoto March 13, 2018 / 10:33 am

    The tall grasses add to the picture so I am glad you were brave enough to get in there! You can thank St. Patrick for getting rid of all the snakes in Ireland!

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    • YellowCable March 13, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Oh yes, thank St. Patrick for the snake free country. Thank you!


  12. Dani Ta March 14, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Galway is a beautiful city. Thanks to St. Patrick, there is no snake in Ireland

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    • YellowCable March 14, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      I like Galway a lot too. I did not go around the city much but just as far as I could walk near where the hotel. It was fantastic even that much.

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  13. Dawn Renee March 16, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Just envision snakes as cute little lizards, but with no arms or legs!! 🙂


    • YellowCable March 17, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Ha ha, thank you for the cute suggestion. I think my fear is beyond cure 🙂

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    • YellowCable March 17, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thank you and may him smile upon you and your nephew Wyatt too 🙂


  14. scholachat March 23, 2018 / 6:10 am

    It’s good to hear that St Patrick’s country doesn’t have snakes


    • YellowCable March 23, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      I learned later on there are some in zoos. I do not know they allow snakes as pets or not. If they do then there are some other places too 🙂

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  15. Dalo 2013 March 31, 2018 / 7:00 am

    Ha, ha ~ great story and such a perfect example of the extent we go to get the perfect shot as photographers 🙂 My brother-in-law has a similar snake phobia, and there would have been no way he would have trekked into the grass even with St. Patrick ridding Ireland of snakes 🙂 Beautiful story and photos. Cheers to a great start to the spring.


    • YellowCable March 31, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      I am still not quite there yet for getting pictures but sometimes it was way tooo… tempted 🙂

      Ha, I think your brother-in-law and can get along we well. I am sure that I will try ask him to go any place that we suspect might have some snakes. Thank you and Cheer!


  16. Mahesh Nair April 6, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Indeed the picture of the railroad bridge came out beautifully. Such a beautiful, bright day. Glad you didn’t have to confront a snake. Have a good weekend 🙂


  17. Over By There April 15, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    St Patrick drove out all the snakes centuries ago – you’re perfectly safe!


    • YellowCable April 15, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      I hope no new comers after that 🙂 Thank you.


  18. Gallivanta April 28, 2018 / 8:48 am

    I am always worried about snakes when I visit my sister in Australia. I am lucky I don’t have to worry about them in New Zealand.


    • YellowCable April 28, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Oh yes, I had thought about snakes in Australia if I have a chance to visit there too.

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  19. inesephoto July 24, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    It is so nice to hear you visited Galway, and there were no snakes 🙂 Living in Ireland gives you a sense of security that can easily betray you when you go to the other parts of the world.

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    • YellowCable July 24, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      🙂 I really like Ireland even for the short time visiting. And without snakes to top that off, that is a great place. I can understand the place gives you a sense of security for every one.

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      • inesephoto July 27, 2018 / 3:56 pm

        Yes, I really appreciate this. Can walk any place without a second thought 🙂

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