A Photo A Week Challenge : Green

Ireland is known for its greenery, probably due to the fact that it often rains here – softly, gently, and sometimes heavy, pouring cats and dogs!.  A well known and often used Irish expression is ‘It’s a soft day, Thank God’  There is an old ballad about Ireland, written by Johnny Cash, called ‘Forty Shades of Green‘ and these photos taken in Killarney National Park give some idea of the many shades and colours of green in nature.

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Linked to A Photo A Week Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Animals in Nature

My photos of animals this week are domestic animals, as the wild animals in Ireland are more elusive!

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Stairway to Heaven

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Torc waterfall in Killarney National Park,quite a climb, but totally worth it!

A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Frame

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Killarney, Ireland

My photos for this challenge were taken in Killarney, and the trees in the National Park do a good job of framing Torc Mountain and the Lakes of Killarney.

The Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney

Another view of the Lakes

Another view of the Lakes

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Sunday Stills Challenge : Cows

Maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm, but I do have a few photos of cows that will fit in with this week’s Challenge!

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Killarney National Park, Ireland

First up its Irish cows, or to be more specific, Kerry cows, taking it easy in Killarney National Park.  Sometimes, when you see cows lying down, it is said to mean that there is rain on the way, but not on this occasion, it was a lovely mild October day.

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The handsome girl above is an Italian model, all the Italians (cows, that is) wear a bell around their neck, probably because they roam freely on the mountainside during the summer months, and the bells help the owners locate the animals.

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not a bit camera shy! Dolomites, Italy

More Italian Cows

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Walking in the Dolomites, Italy

Cows and walkers, busily ignoring each other!

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Killarney National Park

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Autumn colours in the park

These photos were taken in Killarney National Park last October, when the autumn colours in the trees were magnificent.   Killarney’s National Park is about 25 000 acres in extent, and comprises the Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House, very old oak and yew forests, and a very large herd of native Red Deer.

Storm Darwin struck last week, and hundreds of trees were felled, and it may be a long time before the park is fully open to the public again.

I hope you enjoy these photos of a happier time for all the visitors to the park.

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The Lakes of Killarney

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A trip on a jaunting car through the park.

Look up Look Down Challenge : Week 22

I enjoy hillwalking, and it fits in nicely with this challenge.   My friends and I head out on a sunny -or wet – day, all excited to be out in the fresh air, and to be getting exercise at the same time.     We park the cars, get our boots and jackets on, get the walking poles ready and walk to the base of the mountain.    Then we look at the mountain and think ‘how will we ever get to the top of that’!   We plod on, step by step, stopping for a breather to admire the view every 10 or 15 minutes, then after another while we look back to the start and think ‘wow, we have come a long way’, and we don’t even realise how much ground we have covered!

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Walking through the mists

After about two hours, we reach the top….bliss…..find a dry stone to sit on, off with the rucksacks, and out with the lunch.    We usually spend about 20 minutes at the top, then its off again, this time the trek back downhill.   This can sometimes be more strenuous than the climb, if the descent is steep, and then we are very grateful for the poles to keep us upright on the steep slopes.

Here are some of my ‘Look Up, Look Down’ pictures, most taken in Cork and Kerry.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Window

For this week’s challenge, I decided to go mainly with  church windows, old and new – some so old that the ivy has taken over.    Hope you like them.

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