Today I’m featuring images portraying oceans of emotion from a trip last year to Northern Ireland and Ireland. The images reflect the eight basic emotions defined by psychologist, Robert Plutchik.
Northern Ireland ocean views
Anger – Winds at the Giant’s Causeway were reaching 80 miles per hour. As each wave crashed upon the shore, froth shot out of a hole on the left side of this picture. It was as if Mother Nature was foaming at the mouth.
Fear – The incoming storm frightened most of the tourists away from Carrick-a-Rede. It shut down shortly after we crossed due to high winds.
Disgust – The walk into Cushenden Caves was wet and muddy. This is where a disgusting scene in Game of Thrones Season 2 takes place. Melisandre gives birth to the shadow monster that eventually kills Renly.
Anticipation – These ordinary looking stairs lead the way out for another character in Game of Thrones. In Season 6, Arya anticipates better times upon emerging from the water after being brutally attacked by the Waif.
Ireland ocean views
Sadness – This cemetery overlooking a distant bay near Kilmalkedar Church was full of sadness. I wondered if it held some of my distant relatives.
Trust – This is a view from Slea Head Drive. Minutes later we made our way over Conor Pass, one of the scariest roads to drive in Ireland. It’s a twisting narrow road with cliffs on one side and a drop off on the other. Fortunately, we had a trusted guide that handled all the driving!
Surprise – I was surprised at how massive the Cliffs of Moher were in person. For five miles, the cliffs dramatically tower over the Atlantic Ocean.
Joy – I felt joyful when we viewed The Three Sisters, pictured in the middle of this image. We have an iconic landmark referred to as the Three Sisters where I live in Bend, Oregon. It felt like a connection with my kin.
I felt oceans of emotion over the course of this trip. Hope you sensed some of my feelings through these photos.