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…
Bumblebee Bombus enjoying fresh rosemary flowers Rosmarinus officianalis on a warm spring day in Ireland. I wrote in my last post yesterday that the long cold winter days are behind us as warm temperatures have finally arrived in mid-April 2018. The bees, of many types, visited flowers throughout the long, sunny day and I captured some on camera as they…
Spring has finally arrived in Ireland, we're more than half way through the season meteorologically speaking, it's mid-April and we have finally got warm temperatures, low winds, blue sky and sunshine. I've been busy photographing throughout the winter, notably for the New York Times, but it is always a delight to see the first days of spring arrive. Butterflies flit…
The little stream, of no particular renown, continues tumbling down the slope towards the sea as it has done for thousands of years. Here, in the shaded valley carved over time by the action of water continuously flowing and falling, we find lots of mosses, lichens and bryophytes.
Seen throughout the year, the Irish hare is most visible in the spring months when it leaps and bounds, twists and turns, flashing across the green fields of the Irish countryside as seen in this image. The Irish hare Lepus timidus hibernicus is a distinct subspecies of the mountain hares found all over the top of the northern hemisphere. All…
If you happen to find yourself walking around Dublin you might have a look around Anne's Lane just off South Anne Street in the city centre. Here, outside a bar called Zozimus you will find the structure suspended between you and the sky.
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