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  • Ireland is a beautiful country and a while back I found myself in Ireland evangelizing green living with an organic dairy company, Glenisk. Vincent Cleary is the chief managing officer of the company and on several occasions was also the chauffeur for our group to various meetings and destinations.

    He quickly became irritated with my shouting, “STOP THE CAR!”

    You see, Ireland is filled with gorgeous, green, rolling hills which I cannot resist. I never put my camera away for the entire trip. You can imagine, however, that a quiet, focused, important business man is not used to women screaming “STOP THE CAR” at him in middle of nowhere. In fact, the first time I shouted he nearly swerved off the road in shock.

    Soon we got ourselves into a bit of a routine. He would drive, I would shout, he would pull over and have a smoke while I took photos. At first he watched me curiously, but soon he just ignored me while I went on my merry way.

    This is a good thing, because quite often I would be in my dress boots and skirt and would need to illegally climb a fence or two to get that perfect shot. Finally he would figure out I was several fields over and would have to come and find me – climbing fences and hedge rows - and drag me back to the car while suggesting I needed to control myself as we were going to get in big trouble for trespassing.

    I am absolutely positive that proper Irish women would never be found climbing fences and hedge rows in their mini-skirts and boots. Good thing I am not a proper Irish woman or I would have never gotten this shot.
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