Playing Cards, good for games and puzzles

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Playing cards are both  a game and a puzzle, depending on how you’re using them.

Where cards are played by more than one person, they are generally games. Card games include Bridge, Poker, Whist and Blackjack.

On the other hand where a person plays alone, the game can also be regarded as a puzzle. Single player card games include Klondike and Concentration.

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Connemara landscape used on a deck of Playing Cards
Connemara landscape used on a deck of Playing Cards

Photographs as back of Playing Cards

The photographs illustrating this article are ones I shot. I publish playing cards and I’ve used these as the reverse side of decks of cards.

The photo above shows a landscape from the Connemara region of the West of Ireland

Connemara is a rugged, scenic part of Ireland, with a lot of scenery like this.

Road to Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Road to Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

More great scenery in Co. Mayo

The reverse side of playing cards usually has a repeating pattern as their graphic. As long as the image is the same on all the cards, it can be anything.

The second photograph shows the road onto Achill Island, Co. Mayo Ireland. This is one of the biggest islands off the coast of Ireland.

It’s close enough to the mainland to be connected by road, as it is. The island is somewhat North of Connemara and is another very scenic area. 

Two horses
Two horses

Animal photos are good too

Playing Cards may have originated in China around the 9th century, but it’s not certain. They appeared in Europe in the 1300s or 1400s.

I also used this photograph of two horses on a deck of Cards. I shot them from the roadside near Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Horses are a very common part of the scenery in Ireland also.

Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland.

An urban back

There are many simple card games suitable to be played by children. They can also be fun for parents to join in.

The next photo comes form the centre of Ireland, Birr in Co. Offaly. It’s a typical Irish town, most which have streets very much like this one. 

Most of the dramatic landscape in Ireland is in coastal areas.

View of Cork City
View of Cork City

A source of fun and enjoyment.

Some card games are played by professionals who make their living by doing so. 

This photograph shows a view of Cork City on the South coast of Ireland. Cork is the second biggest city in the country.

Playing Cards are so versatile and an absolute source of fun. Whether alone or among a group of people they can provide short bursts or long periods of enjoyment.

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