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Behold... The Hand of God

As Little Skellig became visible through a cloud of sea mist, rising sheer out of the water, it looked as though it was covered in snow. Drawing closer I realised that it wasn't snow, but a mass of white birds, nesting, feeding, bickering, and, nattering all over the rock surface. Flying birds circled the rock like blizzards.

To me this looked like a huge hand protecting what looks like a little smaller version of Skellig Michael which you can just make out in the distance. This was one of my favorite captures of that day because for me really captured the mood of this place.... Like a lost world.

The 217m-high jagged rock of Skellig Michael (Archangel Michael's Rock), the larger of the two islands and a Unesco World Heritage Site, looks like the last place on earth that anyone would try to land, let alone establish a community. Yet early-Christian monks survived here from the 6th until the 12th or 13th century. They were influenced by the Coptic Church founded by St Anthony in the deserts of Egypt and Libya, and their desire for solitude led them to this remote, westernmost corner of Europe.

Thanks for looking TE and again for your straight and honest critiques on my work, much appreciated.

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