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A seal with a glint in her eye. A selkie, perhaps? Common seal, Phoca vitulina, near Garinish Island, Glengarrif, Co. Cork, Ireland. There's about 30,000 common seals in Irish waters, and these examples were pretty relaxed with the regular visits of the Garinish "Blue Pool Ferry". Copyright 2011 Dave Walsh All rights reserved - please contact about usage possibilities. Get high resolution common seal image

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Red Deer stag and harem, Cervus elaphus, in Killarney National Park, Kerry, Ireland, during the annual rutting season. Native to Ireland since the last ice age, the red deer population dwindled to around 60 at the turn of the 20th century, but thanks to protection and management now number in the hundreds. During the rutting season, the stags gather around 5 hinds into a harem, and give out a loud, deep roar to challenge or ward off other males. Inexplicably, the red deer hinds are still hunted in Ireland, although it's illegal to hunt the stags in Kerry. Copyright 2011 Dave Walsh. All Rights Reserved. <!--<!--Irish Red Deer Annual Rut, Kerry - Images by Dave Walsh

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Beautiful Elafonisi, or Elofonissi beach in southwestern Crete, at sunset. One of the most famous Greek beaches, its turquoise blue waters and white sand attract many tourists during the summer season. <!--<!--Elafonisi Beach, Crete - Images by Dave Walsh

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Archaeological remains of ancient Greek city of Falasarna or Phalasarna, near Kissmos Kastelli in Crete, Greece which dates to between the 3rd and 4th century BC. Apparently damaged by an earthquake in 365 AD, it was the harbour for nearby the nearby stronghold of Polyrrhenia. The ruins are open for the public to wander around and are near the beautiful Falassarna beach <!--<!--Ancient Falassarna, Crete - Images by Dave Walsh

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Beautiful Falassarna Beach, Crete. Tucked away from most of the tourist traffic, Falasarna is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cretan northwest, near Kissamos Kastelli. <!--<!--Falassarna Beach - Images by Dave Walsh

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Sheep at the ancient Hellenic city of Polyrinia, Crete. The place name means "many sheep" and it was the most fortified city in ancient Crete. <!--<!--See gallery of Ancient Polyrinia, Crete » - Images by Dave Walsh

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Knights Hospitaller Fortified Church, Templetown, near Fethard-on-Sea, The Hook Peninsula, Wexford. The land here first was given to the monastic soldiers of the Knights Templar by Henry II, but when they were suppressed in 1307, the land was given to the Knights Hospitaller - who arrived with the Norman Strongbow, and later built this small place of worship. <!--<!--Knights Hospitaller Fortified Church, Templetown - Images by Dave Walsh

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Easter lunch, Xania Market, Crete, Greece. Man eats his Good Friday lunch beside a butcher shop selling sheep carcasses for consumption on Easter Sunday, part of a Greek orthodox tradition. View it big here

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The Cross at Collioure, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Crucifixion? Yes. Good. Out of the door, line on the left, one cross each. Man praying at a crucifix beside the Mediterranean in Collioure, Pyrénées-Orientales, in the Roussillon province in the South of France.

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PROMES solar furnace - The Four Solaire d'Odeillo, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. The Four Solaire d'Odeillo giant solar furnace, at the PROMES laboratory at the CNRS facility at Odeillo, France. By focussing intense sunlight through a system mirrors, the Four Solaire can generate the power of 10,000 suns (1000 kilowatts) and reached temperatures of over 3000 degrees Celcius. Most of the research work here concerns the conversion, storage and transportation of energy. <!--<!--PROMES and THEMIS - Images by Dave Walsh