Category Archives: County Mayo

Autumn Walk

We love to go for walks and I have many to choose from, for this week’s lens-artist photo challenge – photo walk. I decided to share a recent walk along the little roads near Ballintubber, Co Mayo. The first thing that was obvious was all the berries.

Some end of summer honeysuckle still remained.

We were also saw some geese flying overhead.

Curious cattle in the fields.

And some hoverfiles.

And butterflies.

And finally enjoyed the lovely views.

Wild Atlantic waves

Inspiration comes from so many places. For me though nature is my muse. It can be wild flora or fauna or just wild places. A couple of weekends ago we had to opportunity to visit the coast on a very windy day. While it wasn’t cold the strong wind meant warm hats were required and raincoats, to keep the worst of the chill out. The waves were awe inspiring. The power of them electrifying. I could have stood there and watched them all day.

Cross Beach. Mullet Peninsula

The gulls appear almost to be playing in the wind – enjoying it’s strength and force as much as we were.

These small sanderling (photo below) were just looking for their dinner though, and seemed oblivious to the waves thundering around them.

Sanderling

And the greatest surprise of all was this frog. A stream, swelled with recent rainwater and therefore gushing down the strand had obviously swept this poor hapless amphibian onto the shore. Needless to say we rescued it – for it would surely have become dinner for a hungry gull or at least been washed into the sea by the next big wave. And we returned it hopefully to the safety of the dunes further up shore.

Stranded frog

An awe-inspiring day. And humbling to see the power of nature.

Waves

Tuscan blue

The Belmullet Peninsula on the west of Ireland may not be Tuscany, but under the sun it can be a little bit of paradise too. We had the chance to enjoy a sunny Sunday there recently.

The Peninsula lies on the north western tip of County Mayo, and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Farming and fishing are important. And while there are quite a lot of houses many are holiday homes.

There are many long and sandy beaches to explore……………………….

Plenty of water to have some fun in.

……………..with only a few islands between you and the wide Atlantic ocean.

Stunning scenery all around.

Lens-Artists Challenge #100 – The Long and Winding Road

Searching through my archives I came across the photo which I know I shared before, but I thought it fitted this week’s lens-artist photo challenge well.

Well done and thank you to the lens-artist ladies for their 100th challenge:)

North-west Mayo

West of Ireland Roads

County Mayo, in the west of Ireland, is criss-crossed with numerous roads. It is estimated that the county council are responsible for over 6,200 km of roads — 136 km of national primary roads, 271 km  of national secondary roads, 590 km of regional roads and 5,275 km of local roads. Many of these local roads are single track, narrow roads as in the photographs below.

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