Skellig Michael

Now made famous by Star Wars The Force Awakens, Skellig Michael, is a monastery dating back to the sixth century, when monks sought communion with God in this place of extreme isolation. This image is of the beehive cells where a monk would stay, To get to the top, you have to climb 600 steps, most of them jagged slabs of rock. Combined with rain soaked pants and all my camera gear, it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. It was a slow climb up, and there were times I didn't think I'd make it. But I did, and I have the pictures to prove it. It was rainy and foggy the day we went, so we weren't able to see the ocean, but it was still worth the climb up. The climb down... a different story - at least for my friend I was traveling with.

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