The greylag goose Anser anser is not a common sight in Ireland yet in some of the wetlands around the country it is possible to see these majestic birds like here with several young enjoying a dinner of grass.
Since 1974 the outline of The Irish Trader, a coal transporting ship, has made an interesting focal point on the long sandy beach at Baltray County Louth on Ireland's Irish Sea coast. I have written about previous visits to The Irish Trader shipwreck here. I decided to revisit the old, rusting frame this month, July 2018, to see exactly what…
Zigzag clouds in the morning - altocumulus undulatus above the west of Ireland. Over the years I have photographed many types of clouds but this is one of the most interesting skies that I have trained my camera on. Early morning in July on Galway Bay and the diving tower at Salthill saw the formation of this dramatic skyscape but…
Megachile is the scientific name for this species of bee, commonly found in Ireland. This is a leafcutter bee, a solitary species that makes its nests in small sticks and holes in walls, sealed up with a portion of leaf that it has cut with its powerful jaws. Bees are important pollinators of plants and trees and it is always…
Even the graveyards of Ireland are looking green, colourful and lush at this time of year. Here an old gravestone has been broken, the dead cross section placed against the rest of the grave as long grass and wild flowers grow in the warm, dry summer. Ireland is looking particularly colourful this summer as warm weather bathes the country in…
The spring is colourful in Ireland, summer is also colourful as seen here with the pinks of rhododendron lining a path through the mountains. A recent visit into the Irish mountains took me through large rhododendron groves, often over 12 feet in height and covering acres of upland. The pinks of spring cherry blossom are gone, see here for more…
Spring, and May in particular, is the month of hawthorn Crataegus. In Ireland hawthorn trees are associated with faeries and superstition exists even to today, it is considered bad luck to cut down or remove a hawthorn tree so they are often seen growing in the countryside in the middle of fields surrounded by green pasture. Here in May and…
The landscapes of Ireland are by now lush and green, June is officially a summer month. Here the beginnings of that green from this time last month in May shoes just how lush the landscapes of Ireland can be. Two walkers just at the bend of the river show the scale of these mighty majestic deciduous trees lining the watercourse.
Ireland's green landscapes are looking particularly vibrant at this time of year, we're into the spring month of May now and after the wettest April in Ireland for decades, since the 1940s I believe, we are finally getting some warmer temperatures and sunny days.
The weather - it's often said that if you don't like the weather in Ireland just wait five minutes. It's not a widespread saying throughout Ireland, and I know of other cities and countries around the world of which this is said. But at certain times of year we certainly do get the changeable weather that gives sunshine and showers…
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