Somehow when we travel, everything seems brighter, landscapes more spectacular, and foliage greener.
St. Patrick’s Day is the “greenest” day of the year, so in honor of the day, here are some green images from our travels…
“The Mound” and Castle Rock in Edinburgh
Ferns on the Big Island of Hawai’i
Of course, being of half Scottish descent. my ancestors who spent time living in Ireland spent their time in Northern Ireland as Ulstermen, or more pointedly, Orangemen.
When I was a kid, and everyone wore green on St. Paddy’s Day, my grandmother tried to make we wear orange (although Orangemen do have their own day, July 12th – we always went to that parade!), or at least made sure I wasn’t dressed in green.
But at school, you got spanked if you didn’t wear green, so I used to sneak my Girl Scout sweater into my bag, and put it on as soon as I got to school. I didn’t get the significance of the Irish TriColor – Green for the Gaelic Irish (now predominantly Catholic), Orange for the followers of William of Orange (now predominantly Protestant), and white for the hope of peace between them. 165 years after it was designed, that hope is still there, but not a reality.
Here’s hoping that will change in our lifetime. In the meantime, at least in the US, on March 17th, everybody embraces the celebration of the Gaelic Irish heritage, and we all party like leprechauns. (After all, I’m as Gaelic as the next Scot – or least half as Gaelic!)
Erin go Bragh!
This post is in response to a weekly Travel Theme challenge by Ailsa of WheresMyBackpack, on the subject: Green (for St. Patrick’s Day). To see other bloggers’ responses and get more info on her challenge, click here.