The Burren is a stark and remarkable landscape of jigsaw patters in the limestone, scoured by glaciers and worn away by erosion. The whole place feels otherworldly, a feeling only increased by the alien-looking fossils found through the rocks, and the caverns that run underneath. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that ancient Irish built Stonehenge-like monuments, like the dolmen in the background, to worship here.
I am a journalist living in rural Ireland, and have written for the American Conservative, the Dallas Morning News, Front Porch Republic and other publications. I interview elderly Irish about traditional ways of life, and write a weekly column about the Long Emergency for my local newspaper.