Nature is strange, here I was marvelling at the allium flowers just opened, and thinking about photographing them, when I spotted what at first appeared to be ladybirds of some kind. But they were unlike any ladybird I had ever seen, they were brown, white and yellow without spots and not particularly shiny.
It isn't well known but the founder of Argentina's navy was an Irishman, and not a descendent of Irish immigrants to the South American country but he left Foxford in rural County Mayo in Ireland's west when he was just nine years old in 1786. After many years at sea on the US Atlantic coast, he worked up to the…
We might be restricted right now from moving too far from home but if you have a garden, balcony or window box then and some flowers then the chances are you have bees visiting. Here the white-tailed bumblebee Bombus lucorum sits on rosemary flowers on a sunny day. I wrote about bumblebees back in February in regards to the traditional…
Nestled on the banks of the River Suir bordering Tipperary and Waterford lies a small graveyard, old and overgrown like so many in Ireland. I visited this quiet and peaceful place in Spring 2020 just a few weeks before the lockdown. Here at Churchtown the Sun was shining, the birds tweeting and spring flowers were growing. The grave of Tipperary…
By now you'll probably be quite aware that I have written about sheep before, here is another sheep-filled scene from the sunny Irish countryside in spring. It seems that during the whole lockdown due to coronavirus / COVID-19 that everything has stopped but life does go own, nature has its own rhythms and the seasons change just like they do…
Today, 17th March, is the feast day of Ireland's patron saint (one of three actually) Saint Patrick and it has been marked with a doodle on Google's search pages of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher. I know that the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most famous and iconic places in Ireland but I do find it interesting that Saint…
On the 7th of March 1848, Ireland's now well-known tricolour flag of green, white and orange was flown for the first time. It was created by Thomas Francis Meagher, a skilled orator and statesman who later went on to become the first acting governor of Montana. Often represented as green, white and gold the Irish flag is in fact green,…
Today, the 1st of March marks the start of meteorological spring here in Ireland, it is also Saint David's Day - the patron saint of Wales. Spring in traditional Irish culture starts on the 1st of February which is Saint Brigid's Day but for weather scientists March, April and May are the spring months.
On the west side of Saint Stephen's Green the visitor to this fine Dublin park will find a grand statue to Lord Ardilaun or Sir Arthur Edward Guinness, great-grandson of the famous brewer and founder of Guinness. Many users of Dublin's tram, the Luas, will undoubtedly see his sedentary position from just inside the park. The statue was erected to…
Just off the track through the snow, I found tracks and what looked like a good spot for a photograph so I headed up slope and into the deeper snow. Only a fox had been through this part of the mountains since snow blanketed the heathery hillsides with fine, deep white powder. I wandered for a while, photographed and spent…
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