The Snowdrop, Life in Winter - Ireland

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Snowdrops in Ireland, the first delicate flowers of the year Snowdrops in Ireland, the first delicate flowers of the year

The snowdrop is one of the most precious of any flower to grow in Ireland. It is one of the first signs of new life awakening before the winter has even finished.

With its delicate white flowers hanging on the end of pure green stems, often growing in clumps both in the wild and in gardens throughout the country, the snowdrop signals the start of longer days and the beginning of a new year, a new cycle of life.

There are many varieties of snowdrop, its latin name Galanthus and its Irish name Plúirín sneachta, a non-native plant in Ireland, it is widely naturalised and now grows in woodlands, beside streams and in the country's hedgerows as well as of course gardens all over the country.

It doesn't signify warmer temperatures of course, the months of January and February often being the coldest of the year; with snow likely, the name of this delicate looking but hardy little flower is particularly appropriate.

I'm sure you'll agree that the sight of a snowdrop or many is most welcoming and fills the mind with delight.

Here, in the above image, I photographed this snowdrop after a rain shower, it was a warm day but shortly after setting up my tripod the rain started. I had to shelter the lens from any precipitation and waited for the sunlight to reappear.

To learn how to photograph flowers like this snowdrop, using your camera to its best - just contact me. Panoramic Ireland's private photography workshops are designed to cover subjects and techniques that you want to improve.

Last modified on Tuesday, 02 February 2021 00:12
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

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