Day 2 - As I stood gazing at the life-like figures of The Famine Memorial in Dublin, Ireland I was filled with such sadness for all those people who didn't survive the Great Famine (1845-1852) and I felt a deep admiration and gratitude for those who did. The spot on which I stood to take this picture was a spot dedicated to memorializing not only a million people who suffered and perished as a result of the Great Famine, but also another million people who survived and left Ireland during that time to seek a better life elsewhere for themselves and their families. Let's also pay tribute to all the people who survived and stayed to rebuild and to carry on all the great Irish traditions and lifestyles that country proudly offers. This spot holds a great significance to me because my ancestors left their homes and the only life they had ever known to emigrated to the United States via Canada from County Cork and County Kerry in 1852.
As mentioned on November 25th, December Photo A Day starts with Day One's subject matter being the color red. Red is a bold, expressive color and perfect for the month of December when much of the country's landscape is lifeless and drab. The photo(s) I chose to post are one I took of a red gladiolus in my backyard this past spring and one I took of a red gerbera daisy growing in a flower pot at my niece's house in Belfast, Maine. There I go again breaking the rules by posting two photos and neither were pictures I took today. Now, that's the way I like to start a challenge...my way! Well, at least this one I started in the right order.