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To have a chance for taking a good picture you have to be in the right place at the right time. So what are the odds for that when you are in travel? The possibility for such coincidence increases very much when you can visit a place many times. Yesterday together with darek1978 we went to Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin for a "TE meeting". Our first stop was the viewpoint to the Lough Tay. For a very short moment we had perfect weather conditions: no wind to disturb the surface of the lake and thus a perfect reflection, amazing clouds in a fantastic sunlight were an extra bonus. The weather changed every couple of minutes so in every shot we caught different clouds, different color of the sky. Both me and darek1978 we have already uploaded a view of this "Guinness lake" but I believe we both will show it again...

Ireland is a very windy country so water reflections are rather rare here. Now in the recession time the country certainly needs a reflection more than before.
My salary was cut this year 7.5% and is scheduled for 7.5% more cut coming year. Additionally we will be forced for 2 weeks unpaid leave. All public sector workers, we need to gather certain amount of money to pay the debts caused by some bank managers, who still get great Christmas bonuses. Government decided to cut the child benefits and decrease the prices of alcohol... Still it is not cool in Ireland to show that you are unsatisfied. Certain group of people very skillfully managed to create a tension between public and private sector workers, and the argues happen now along this artifical line. In the meantime people who are responsible for the situation are untouched and probably focused on Christmas already. I wish they have Ebenezer Scrooge's dreams.

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