Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Today I met Dalene and Pete Heck of Hecktic Travels in Tralee. Dario and I had not yet visited the Dingle Peninsula, so the additional enticement of meeting up with some really cool bloggers finally nudged us into action. Unfortunately, or so we thought, the Rose of Tralee International Festival (a beauty pageant, the whole idea of which gives me the willies) is taking place this week. The rest of the festival — a celebration of Irish culture, music, fireworks, fairs, and such — sounded pretty nifty. Lucky for us, we returned from our loop around the peninsula just as the Rose of Tralee "SkyFest" Airshow was taking place.
Despite the fact that our respective mates were starving, Pete and I were immediately mesmerized and sucked into photo-nerd-topia. Dalene even has photographic evidence. She took a picture of us standing with our cameras following the impressive loops, twists, and purposeful dead stalls of a pair of stunt planes. We were oblivious to the outside world. What a pair o' geeks!
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The near pearlescence of the clouds provided a painterly backdrop for the drama. I was especially pleased with this shot, as it is chock-full of wind-related elements: clouds, planes, wind turbines, birds. Sometimes the timing of travel elements is disjointed and inconvenient. At other times it all comes together in an impeccable fashion!
What astonishingly well-timed events have you encountered
(and possibly photographed) during your travels?