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Photographic Review of 2018

It is so had to pick one of two photos for 2018, so I have divided into a few categories.

Favorite new place we visited – Clare Island, way back last January.

Bog pool, Clare Island

Favorite wildlife photo, probably has to be the tiny frog in my daughter’s hand, just because it is sooo small.

Tiny frog

tiny frog

Favourite bee photograph because I just love bumblebees, is this carder bee on apple blossom.

Carder bumblebee on apple blossom

Carder bumblebee on apple blossom

Favourite garden we visited. I have two, Belvedere walled garden here in Ireland and Picton Castle walled garden in Wales. Photograph below is from Picton Castle.

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Hot reds

And finally just because I like it.

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Inspired by Lens artist photo challenge #26

 

 

 

 

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Reflections 2

On a walk the other day at Turlough Park, here in Co Mayo, I was reminded of Patti’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge for this week – Reflections.

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Turlough Park, Co Mayo

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Turlough Park, Co Mayo

Turlough Park, Co Mayo

Turlough Park, Co Mayo

Turlough Park, Co Mayo

Turlough Park, Co Mayo

 

Lens artist challenge #24 – Seasonal

Our seasons are not how I remember them. There seems no firm definition of spring, summer, autumn or winter. The season appear to merge, in a confusion of weather. Snow is not common in the west of Ireland and so when we do get it, it is something to  enjoy.

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But when snow merges with emerging spring flowers one begins to wonder.

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Still it is relief to see things growing again and the colours of spring warm the soul.

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And then summer and happy bees.

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And autumn with ripening apples.

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And then back to the strange mixing of seasons as the frost hits hard before the apples are harvested.

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Inspired by this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge – seasonal

 

Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail

One of the things that really make me happy is time spent with my family and particularly when this involves exploring nature, somewhere new. We had been to Ballycroy National Park before but this boardwalk trail we had only driven passed before.

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Boardwalk over bog

The wooden boardwalk rises you slightly above the bog , so you can look down and admire the heathers and beautiful grasses in their winter browns and reds.  Here and there bog pools are dotted and interpretation boards hint at what you may see on a summers day.

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All around you can admire views of mountains, such as Claggan Moutain, (even if covered in low-lying mist) and the bay.  In fact it is hard to imagine it as the sea as it seemed so calm. And you can also see why it would have been a favourite pirate hiding place in years gone by.

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Boardwalk trail, Claggan moutain and the bay

The boardwalk leads you to the sea shore where yet another surprise awaits.  There in the water, and jutting out from the deep peat banks are ancient trees. Known as bog oak (though they may be oak, yew or pine) these tree fossils could be 5 or 6 thousand years old. They have basically been preserved in the acidic peat soil. Some, are slowly been colonised by seaweeds.

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Bog oak stump

This is a special place. It is not just the spectacular scenery that make me happy but seeing these ancient trees is a powerful link to the past.

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Bog oak with seaweed

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Sculpted remains of an ancient tree

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Splash

On the west coast of Ireland, Atlantic waves have over millennia shaped our coastline creating rocky shores, beaches and towering cliffs.

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North west Mayo looking across to Achill Island

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North west Mayo looking across to Achill Island

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Pollawaddy, on Achill Island, off the Mayo Coast

 

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Downpatrick Head, County Mayo

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Downpatrick Head, County Mayo

Ross Beach

Ross beach, County Mayo

Lens artist phot0 challenge 21 – Splash