We have seen some very beautiful and dramatic mountains in this week’s challenge. Here in Ireland, our mountains are pretty low compared to some of the giants that we have seen (roughly 600-800 m above sea level).
Still every mountain has it’s own natural beauty. So here are just a few from western Ireland.
I love the sun on water, the way it makes it shimmer and shine.
Without the sun we would not have plants. This one is a native Irish plant called the perennial sow-thistle. But I like to think of it as our own sunflower. They are tall plants – from 80 cm up to 150 cm with these glorious yellow heads and they are loved by bees and other pollinators.
With the sun, comes shadows and butterflies too of course.
And without the sun we wouldn’t have sunsets.
Many thanks to Amy for this week’s lovely challenge.
Firstly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope 2022 lets you find kindness at every turn.
Continuing with my 12 days of Christmas wild things, today we went on a community sponsored 8 km walk to raise funds for a new community park in our small village. Despite being a grey day it brought lots of laughter and joy.
You may notice in the photograph above that the gorse (bush with yellow flowers) is already blooming. This plant does flower early, but 31 December seems particularly early. We also saw quite a few dandelions in bloom, Herb-Robert and the hogweed shown in the photograph below (with accompanying mating flies).
At least the trees look like they should in winter.
A big thank you to all the blogging community out there for your continued support and comments. I look forward to reading your blogs in 2022.