Among geoscientists, the beautiful island of Ireland is best known for its Giant’s Causeway, an area with some 40,000 polygonal columns of layered basalt that formed 60 million years ago as a result of a volcanic eruption. But another recognisable feature of the Emerald Isle, is its lush green vegetation, a product of the island’s mild climate and frequent rainfall.
It was on a rare sunny day of a two-week trip to Ireland in September 2010 that Lena Noack from Germany’s Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin capture this stunning landscape. Lena says: “I took the photograph on a holiday, a round-trip all over Ireland I did together with two friends. We wanted to see the beautiful nature the island is famous for and found it almost everywhere! The trip was an unforgettable experience, and I would love to go back one day.”
The photo beautifully showcases Ireland’s colours: the calm blue of the sea and the bright green of the pastures. It was captured along the south-western coast of the island in the Dingle peninsula.
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