Author Archives: Murtagh's Meadow

About Murtagh's Meadow

As an ecologist I have always had an interest in nature. I love gardening and would spend all day outdoors if I could. I also enjoy taking photographs and writing. I live in the west of Ireland with my young family.

Heritage Week 18-26th August

Heritage Week, a celebration of all things Heritage in Ireland runs from the 18th-26th August.

I am involved in two events. The first, my now annual walk, along the River Glore at Glore Mill, looking at our wonderful wild pollinators.

The second is part of a bigger event hosted by the Inland Fisheries Ireland looking at the Ecology of Rivers in Mayo.

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Belvedere Walled Gardens

If I whetted your appetite with my flower pattern’s post yesterday form the walled garden at Belvedere House, Co Westmeath, here are some more photos. The garden slopes, so some of the photos may seem to be a a bit of an angle.

Pattern

Patterns and shapes are everywhere in Nature.  Today, we visited Belvedere House and Gardens in Co Westmeath.  Once a country villa, Belvedere is now owned and managed by the local council. You can visit the house, enjoy lovely woodland walks and a fairy garden. But for me the highlight was the walled garden. There was a small vegetable garden, an ornamental pond, fruit trees and some beautiful flowers beds. Here colour, shapes and patterns blended and did everything to please the eye.

I was also happy to see many pollinators,  mostly honey bees but also three different bumblebees species. The honeybees were visiting the pond to gather water.  It is the first time I have witnessed this, though I have read about it.

 

Joining with this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Patterns.

 

 

blue

This week’s Lens Artist weekly challenge theme is “blue”.

Blue brings to my mind two things. The sky and the sea. The combination of blue sky and sea is magical.

Firstly Newport beach from our trip to Wales earlier in the summer.

Newport Beach, Wales

Then closer to home, Ross beach, and below Beltra beach, County Mayo.

Ross beach, Co  Mayo, Ireland

Ross beach, Co Mayo, Ireland

Beltra beach, Co Mayo

Beltra beach, Co Mayo, Ireland