In the fall of 2000 Arline and I took a two week bus tour of the Emerald Isle. Both of us have Irish blood. Arline descends from the Clan Plunkett. I descend from the hugh Clan O'Brien, also, Clan Ivory, Clan Kealy, Clan Carr & Clan Henry.
Our trip started and ended at the Shannon Airport near Ireland's west coast. We circled counter clockwise around the island to include Northern Ireland.
During a two week tour of Ireland in 2000 Arline and I were taken to Dan O'Hara's farm in beautiful rugged Connemara area of County Galway. Seeing the two room cottage where two parents and seven children had lived made me think of the possibilities of what conditions my Irish ancestors must have left behind. I started crying and could not stop all of the way to the bottom of the hill in a horse drawn wagon. I was so moved by the spirit of the place. Dan O'Hara's cottage is featured on several pages of this book.
Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea. Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera. 1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCH Published January 16, 2011
HUALALAI Published December 20, 2010
TREES Published December 20, 2010
portraits in sepia Published December 04, 2010
IN THE RABBIT HUTCH Published November 29, 2010
big island flowers Published July 11, 2010
sepia in my garden Published July 05, 2010
A WEAVER OF DREAMS Published October 23, 2009