Situated on the coast of County Cork, Ireland, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the six century Breandán the Navigator. In Irish lore, Breandán was the first person to discover America. While the story is often assumed to be a religious allegory, there has been considerable discussion as to whether the legends are based on actual events. Every year, the St. Breandán Society celebrates the belief that Breandán was the first European to reach America, and Tim Severin demonstrated it is possible that a leather-clad boat such as St Breandán’s could have reached North America. Whether true or not, I do love a good story!
Luke and I hopped over to Cork, Ireland for the night. It was a wonderful little trip, and though it was short we were able to see quite a lot. With some spare time before our flight home, we checked out the Fota Wild Animal Park near Cork, Ireland. The weather had been really crazy that day, alternating between sunny and stormy. As another storm cloud rolled over us, this spider monkey hunkered down in a nearby shelter.
I don’t photograph animals too often, but this little guy was too cute to pass up.