nature2day

Ireland offers many rewards for nature and wildlife  lovers.

The weather often surprises, but always dictates the opportunity for taking a photo. There is a saying often refered to in Ireland: “There is no such thing as bad weather…just a bad choice of clothing”! In the summer you can marvel at the abundance of insects, bees and butterflies taking advantage of our colourful plants and flowers.1-IMG_4474

Busy Bee with a few friends
Busy Bee with a few friends
Color everywhere
Color everywhere

Garden residents in the bird world include the little ‘Blue tit’ (Ireland’s answer to the much larger ‘Blue Jay’), the Robin (much smaller than its North American cousin), as well as winter visitors like the ‘Pied Wagtail and ‘Song Thrushes’.

Mr.Blue Tit
Mr.Blue Tit
Steely-eyed Jackdaw
Steely-eyed Jackdaw

Larger birds include a large variety of water birds, crows and birds of prey.The largest birds of prey include the ‘Golden Eagle’ of the north west, and the recently introduced ‘White-tailed Eagle’ in the far south of the island.

Mount 'Nephin', Co.Mayo
Mount ‘Nephin’, Co.Mayo

We have one of the largest continuous coastal drives in Europe know as the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ where you will see long unspoiled sandy beaches as well as huge cliffs and rocks.   We don’t have as many forest as we used to, but those we do have are in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

 

 

Ulster's volcanic rock formations are world-renowned.
Ulster’s volcanic rock formations are world-renowned.
Enchanted Irish forest high in the Sperrins of Antrim.
Enchanted Irish forest high in the Sperrins of Antrim.
Forest in Co.Wexford, Ireland
Forest in Co.Wexford, Ireland

We love horses here in Ireland and you will come across some stunning examples around the countryside. You never know what strange things you will see growing all around you.

Equestrian delights aplenty.
Equestrian delights aplenty
Magic mushrooms too!
Magic mushrooms too!

We have some nice rolling mountains and ample lake lands offering fantastic photo opportunities. With evergreen grassy fields dominating the midlands you may be surprised to hear that there are 10 million cows in Ireland, a few million sheep …and only 6 million people!   Some of the locals

 

 

 

Advertisements

12 thoughts on “nature2day

  1. For a second I miss read ‘shooting’ and was turned off, :-) until I realised that you were talking of taking photos. You have a lovely blog. Thank you visiting my blog too. I like to document, among other things, the beauty of natural Ireland.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Clive. I was really taken by your unique interpretation of the various landscapes around you on your blog. I actually spent 8 years as a child in Calgary so I have total respect for the ‘real winters’ you guys get. It’s quite mild here most of the time so I won’t complain. :) steVe

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s