• Northern Ireland - Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updated April 2021
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    Northern Ireland - Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updated April 2021

    Northern Ireland's vaccination program for COVID-19 is gathering pace, with over 700,000 or close to 50% of the population having had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

    Some restrictions are lifting or easing soon, for instance an opening of many shops and businesses with schools also returning from the 12th of April.

    However, tourism remains restricted with Panoramic Ireland's tours unavailable since mid-October 2020. Hotels are not currently open to non-essential guests. Close contact services also remain restricted and only up to ten people from two households can currently meet up outdoors. And from 12/04 there will still be recommendations to "stay local".

    This means that, for the moment, Panoramic Ireland's photo tours remain unavailable to book for any period before, at the earliest, June 2021 including at the Giant's Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site pictured above.

    Written on Tuesday, 06 April 2021 15:01 in Guide Read more...
  • The Dark Hedges, Ireland's Most Photographed Avenue
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    The Dark Hedges, Ireland's Most Photographed Avenue

    County Antrim's Dark Hedges is by now one of the most famous avenues in the world. Made by a local landowner who planted the beech trees 300 years ago to mark the approach to his house; made famous by HBO's Game of Thrones as the King's Road over the past decade.

    The fine scene has changed much since this image, in recent times (COVID excepting) most of this long scene would have been filled with throngs of people in on tour buses, as a result the nice and grassy verges have turned to mud.

    The trees have diminished greatly, having fallen to storms in the intervening years and weakened as a result of vehicular traffic parking up on the verges, as I mentioned in a previous post about beech trees they do have shallow roots so are prone to damage.

    Written on Saturday, 27 March 2021 21:29 in Guide Read more...
  • Cherry Tree Blossom, National Tree Week
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    Cherry Tree Blossom, National Tree Week

    Of course trees don't just give us large canopies of leaves and branches, they often provide some of the finest flowers such as these cherry blossoms.

    This image is from outside of the hospital where I received chemotherapy two years ago, the dark wood of the cherry and those delicate pinky-white petals make for a fine display and one that I was glad to stop and admire given the events of the time.

    Cherry trees are native to Ireland, but not the ones seen here. The two varieties are wild cherry Prunus avium and bird cherry Prunus padus, and are mostly found growing wild in the west of Ireland and the midlands.

    Written on Friday, 26 March 2021 16:37 in Guide Read more...
  • Tree Panorama for National Tree Week 2021, Ireland
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    Tree Panorama for National Tree Week 2021, Ireland

    For today's National Tree Week post here is a fine 360-degree panorama or photosphere of a scenic beech wood in Ireland.

    Covered in moss and with its own little niche containing water, a wooden rockpool this was one of the finest trees in the woods. 

    Beech trees Fagus sylvatica are not native to Ireland but these characterful imports from Europe have made a home here. From the famous Dark Hedges to woodlands and private gardens, beech grow well in Ireland and as seen here are happy on banks as they have shallow roots.

    Producing abundant nuts, a walk through a beech wood is like no other as you crunch along under the tall trees and in autumn they provide a fine spectacle of red/brown colour.

    Check out one of my other 360-degree panoramas of Trinity College Dublin's Long Room Library.

    Written on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 01:47 in Guide
  • The Mighty Scots Pine, Pine Island Connemara
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    The Mighty Scots Pine, Pine Island Connemara

    Few places in the west of Ireland can compete with the scenic beauty of Pine Island and its attractiveness for the photographer.

    The small island sitting Derryclare Lough is covered with a fine stand of Scots Pine trees, a native conifer to Ireland the Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris is one of the most obvious trees in the Irish landscape. Here, in the west of Ireland in particular, they grow in places that other trees can't. Out of craggy rocks, on the edge of boggy ground and at altitude.

    It's a tree that Monty Python rightly described as the Mighty Scots Pine in their famous Lumberjack Song performed by Michael Palin.

    Unfortunately, Ireland's state electricity utility ESB have decided to plaster this fine landscape with electricity poles and cables that pass across the lake via the island.

    It's a shame but Pine Island still retains a special charm in all conditions and it is a favoured place for Panoramic Ireland's photography workshops.

    The Mighty Scots Pine
    The Mighty Scots Pine
    Written on Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:09 in Guide

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