Tuesdays of Texture : Week 13, 2017

Galtee Mountains,Co Tipperary

Hiking in sunshine

I love the tufts of grass –  or maybe there are rocks hidden under some of them – watch where you put your foot!

This was taken on a hike in the Galtee mountains in Co. Tipperary on Sunday, a very long gradual climb (over 450 metres) to a lake nestled near the top of the mountain,  The lake is called Lough Curra, and to get there we followed the old ‘Ice Road’ which was used to draw ice down the valley to the big houses, and there is still evidence of ice erosion from the ice age, close to the lake at the top.

Lough Curra, Co Tipperary

Lough Curra

Here we are, having a break at the lake, before starting down the steep descent again.  About a week ago, we had some snow on high ground, and you can still see the remains of it on the mountain side.

Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture


Photo 101 : Day 15 – Landscape

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Today’s challenge is Landscape.   I enjoy hillwalking and for that reason, I have many many photos of landscapes taken here in Ireland, and in other countries also.  The photo above was taken on top of the Galtee Mountains in Tipperary, with hills as far as the eye can see, and down below you can see the path that brought us to this spot!

The Escarpment, Zimbabwe

The Escarpment, Zimbabwe

My second shot is from Zimbabwe.   Travelling on the road towards Mana Pools and the Zambezi river,this is a view point on the escarpment, where you can see nothing but bush land, all the way to the Zambian hills.

Another view of the Escarpment

Another view of the Escarpment

Up on the Hills (Again)!

A stream in the distance

Crossing over

Having lunch by a stream

Hills and streams

The view on our hike

Here are some more views of our hillwalking trip at the weekend, in the Galtee Mountains.   There were a few streams to cross, and luckily for us the water was not flowing too fast, despite some heavy rain in the past few days.  We managed to cross the streams safely, and made it back to our cars without any mishap!    Just another day out in the fresh air on the hills!


Weekly Photo Challenge : Eerie

mist on the Galtees

This time of year is the time when the ghosts, and the lost souls, walk among us.   In fact, in the Catholic calendar, tomorrow is All Souls Day, the commemoration day for all the people who have died and have not yet reached Heaven, and November is a month when we remember our loved ones who have passed on.   Combined with Halloween, and also the shorter days and longer nights, it is no wonder that this is an eerie time of year.

I went hillwalking in the Galtee mountains last weekend, it started off as a very misty day, and the mountain looked very eerie as we approached, we were not even sure if we would be able to make it to the top, or would have to turn back for fear of getting lost in the mists (or being too tired to make it to the top!)   The mists did clear about lunchtime though, and we made it all the way to the top without encountering any of the ghosts that live in the mist.

The road to nowhere


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