Aran Farmer

 

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There is simply no place like the Aran Islands. These are three large rocks off Galway’s coast in Ireland, and I mean that quite literally. In the early part of the last century the men would hammer the rocks until they could be broken, removed, and the soil moved on top of the rocks. The women would collect seaweed along the shoreline and carry it to where the soil had been placed, to help fertilize it. It is amazing that it is inhabited at all.

This image shows a man who is working with his garden to collect whatever can be grown there. You can see the rows of stone fences in the background that meander throughout the islands, defining ownership of areas on these rocks.

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