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Ireland road trip
March 31 | 2008

The day after the crazy storm, it was still pretty miserable to be out walking about, so Paige found a cabbie who would drive us around for 25 euros an hour. So we headed out to the countryside for a little Irish adventure. The Cabbie was so great, in that he narrated the entire trip. He even teared up at one point when we came to a bog where the Irish were ostrisized by the English. The land is so rocky and barren that nobody could even grow food to eat—even to this day, you don’t see any agriculture except for a cow here and there, and some Connemara ponies.

The overall experience we had on our little roadtrip was so much better than a tour because we could stop the driver wherever we wanted, to take photos. I think he got a kick out of us, and enjoyed how much we loved his homeland. The cemetery was my favorite spot of the day. Morbid, maybe. But so full of history and sublime beauty…

Galway is known for their lovely swans…. The locals take excellent care of the bay in order to preserve the health and beauty of these creatures, and it’s a daily ritual for some to go to the bay and feed them by hand. We didn’t do this, but we did stop the car and get pretty close to a few!

Paige is out braving the elements for some fine art shots of the area…. I got this shot of her from the car. Brrrrr!

Anne took this shot of me at the cemetery. I look very pensive, but I like the gravity of the image.

if you look close enough at this shot, you can actually see the rain falling…

I want to be buried here—it’s so beautiful and somehow peaceful, despite the crazy winds off the ocean. All you can hear is the wind, and the sounds of the water crashing up onto the rocky shoreline.

We stopped midday for a pint and some lunch. I loved this vintage Beamish sign. If you haven’t tried Beamish, it’s a lot like Guinness, but even creamier. It’s my favorite, straight from the draught!

It got extremely windy again towards the end of the day. I couldn’t believe how dedicated Paige was. Again, I took this image from the warm car.

By the time we got home it was getting dark. I took this image from our window down to the street below us.

We cleaned up, and headed out for another pint at one of my favorite Galway bars, The Quays.

  • Scott

    Brilliant, as always, and as always, an inspiration.

  • alan darmody

    I envy your trip to Irelend. I have Irish heritage but I've never been there. One of these days my wife and I will make it over there and see where we came from. I really enjoyed the images of Ireland and the others from your whole Europe trip.

  • Ange

    Julie - I have been lurking religiously but had to tell you how much I am enjoying your travel images. They are so rich and emotive and you manage to make me feel as though I can feel the wind blowing around me and hearing the waves crashing. Thank you so much for sharing. Ange

  • Jesse (Hubs)

    Love these images. They make me want to go to Ireland even more. But first, Mexico!

  • jenna walker

    just awesome!! get some good pics in isla for us - and have a beer with curtis at villa la bella too!!

  • april ingram

    wow, those are amazing. Such a loving family, you can just feel the warmth!

  • Jenny McElroy

    Wonderful captures of a new life and new family. Love them all, esp Brandyn getting peed on! Oh, fatherhood! Love you all.

  • Cindy

    Julie - We love you too! These made me cry, and laugh! Thank you from the depths of our hearts.

  • oneshotbeyond

    Are there really families this cute out there? They look so fun and their new baby is a total sweetie!

  • Allison

    Such a great "capture" of moments. You will cherish these forever!! Congrats again on such a blessing. The Cook Family

  • Wally

    These photos are evidence of answered prayer of mine for you. You are precious and so are these portaits of love and happiness. I love you and thanks for sharing.

  • Chyrel

    They are beautiful! I love them all! The pictures, the family and the photographer:) They make me miss my family terribly. Thank you Julie for doing such a great job for my sister and her family. I wish that I was there that day to watch you shoot.

  • photographik

    These are awesome, babe!

  • Mandy

    Such great pictures...full of love & laughter!

  • Brooke

    Oh my gosh, about making me want to do a baby session with our new little one! These are amazing - you captured this family so well, particularly the girl and her baby sister. LOVED it!!

  • hillary

    you so often feel like it's not work... this MAY say something about how naturally talented you are. They're gorgeous.

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Ireland 1st post
March 29 | 2008

A good friend of mine just recently posted on one of my Paris entries, that it was clear that “my heart was present in every image” (thanks, Jenna);) It’s always been a dream of mine to live in Paris—I feel like I belong in that city and that I am in a constant alpha state while I am there. My dreams and hopefully future are in Paris.

But Ireland—oh, Ireland. Ireland is a place of the past— a place that I actually did once call home. I lived and worked in Galway, Ireland back in 2001 after I graduated from CU. Ireland is a place where my heart comes alive—bleeding and vulnerable. You see, I was there during 9/11 which in and of itself was quite surreal. Everyone remembers where they were, when they first heard about the terrorist attacks, and I was slinging Guinness at a little place called the Bridge Mills. Ireland is also where I realized that I was in love with Jesse. I had left him behind in America, and I felt like I could hardly breathe without him. I think I cried over a bottle of wine and Jeff Buckley every night I was living there. Jesse and I also had a tumultuous time in our relationship just one year later. We broke off our engagement and I went back to Ireland to get away from it all. Again, it was in Ireland that I realized that I couldn’t live without him. So, going back to Galway, Ireland with the 3 other girls earlier this month was quiet an emotional and spiritual journey for me. I was on the one hand so happy that I, for the first time had company, and that I could show the girls where I once lived, and on the other hand more lonely, somehow with them there….

So, I am wearing my heart on my sleeve in some of these images….

One of my favorite images that I took in Ireland back in 2001, was of a bunch of tangled fishnets with the same palate as the image below of the ropes. I felt that this image was an appropriate follow up and metaphor to the state of my life–tangled and messy before, straight and clean now… but both beautiful in their nature.

On the second night of our stay in Galway, I had to get out on my own. It was really cold and windy, and while I planned on walking up the coast to Salt Hill, it was just too cold. I ended up sitting for an hour or two at the pier to journal and make these images. What I didn’t know at the time, was that there were actually hurricane level winds (up to 200 mph) that made international news! The wind actually knocked Paige down twice, she said. I was just completely in my head and in my element, right there in the storm…

As you can see, I could barely hold my camera steady.

Check out this dramatic weather! The water is actually coming up and over the stairs and sidewalk down to where people dock their boats!

This is a self portrait that I made, just after I came in from the storm. It was taken at Nemo’s— a Spanish restaurant that has the most cozy, warm ambiance anytime of the day–let alone after coming in from freezing winds. And the wine is delicious, too!

  • Krista

    I love the colors in these photos! Your self portrait reminds me a little of Joni Mitchell's... minus the cigarette. :)

  • Travis Broxton

    Beautiful images! Other than the self portrait, which is so Joni Mitchell like, I love the one of the person walking up the alley. You go girl!

  • James Christianson

    julie julie julie. i love these imagea and the ones from paris! holy @@#%! you are so good. i want all these images for myself so i can make a photograpy book for my home out of them. i love them. i want a julie harris book in my collection. j

  • Shannon Rice

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!! I'm going to Ireland this summer---these get me sooo excited!! :)

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Earth Hour
March 28 | 2008

Jesse and I are doing this…. We can all make a difference in this issue.

On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.

Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.

What will you do when the lights are off? We have lots of ideas.

Join people all around the world in showing that you care about our planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change. One hour, America. Earth Hour. Turn out for Earth Hour!

Learn about Earth Hour events around the world.

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