This photo, taken from the car as we drove from Waterville to Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, captures the essence of Ireland as I found it on our recent trip. It's got the many shades of green, the gray of stone, the simple white building and the gray of a sky alternating between sun and cloud bursts. There are subtle variations but this is the general theme throughout the countryside. Towns however had a surprising amount of color, with some truly astonishing hues. Watch for the trip photo album coming soon.