SundayTrees – 275 Through the Mist

Carriganima, west Cork

Mist coming down from the mountain, West Cork

 

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Photo101 : Day 3 – Water

Even though my star sign is Capricorn, the mountain goat, I enjoy being near water and listening to rippling streams on a lazy summer’s day, or waves crashing on the shore on a stormy day.

These are some of my favourite water photos.   The first one is a very photographed place of natural beauty here in Ireland, the Lakes of Killarney, which is a must see for visitors to this country.

A  view of the Lakes of Killarney

A view of the Lakes of Killarney

And on the other side of the world, in Zimbabwe, no visit would be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, and the mighty Zambezi River.   This gorge  is called the Devil’s Cataract, and the falls here only have a drop of 60 meters, as opposed to the main falls which are over 100m deep.    Even so, I wouldn’t like to go over the cliff into the ‘boiling pot’ below.

The Devil's Cataract

The Devil’s Cataract

The Lace Makers of the Mountains

spiders webs in the mist

spiders webs in the mist

Yesterday we went on a hike in the Knockmealdown mountains, between County Waterford and County Tipperary.   On the way there was a lot of fog and mist, which burned off in the heat (yes, heat in October) of the day.     There were so many spiders’ webs in the hedges, looking like delicate lace hanging by a thread from the blades of grass.

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Even though the mist lifted, we could still see the low clouds in the distance, sitting over the Golden Vale between us on the Knockmealdown Mountains, and the Galtee Mountains in the distance.

It was a strenuous day, but worth it for being out in the sunshine with beautiful scenery.

 

Up on the Hills

Yesterday we went hillwalking in the Galtee Mountains, in County Tipperary. This time we were on a smaller mountain, only about 600 metres high.   This mountain is called Knockeennatoung, or Cnoicin no Teanga in Irish (which means the little hill of the tongue, if my Irish is correct).   It was a cloudy day, though we escaped the rain, and we had great views of Galtymore and Galtybeg as we walked along our little mountain.

 

the beginning of the climb.

Looking across at Galtymore

The view of the valley

The mists coming down on the Galtees

Clouds coming up

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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