Wordless Wednesday : Reflecting on Nature


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Galley Head Lighthouse, Co Cork

Galley Head Lighthouse, Co Cork

Photo 101 : Day 5 – Solitude

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

Here are my entries for ‘Solitude’, one from West Cork, overlooking Bantry Bay, and my second photo is a beautiful sunset in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, both great places to stop and admire the beauty of nature.

Time to stand and stare

Time to stand and stare

Sunset at Mana Pools

Sunset at Mana Pools

And I couldn’t resist this winter shot of my granddaughter in the first snow of the season last year, though she is probably checking out the best place to build a snowman, rather than enjoying the solitude!

First snow...fun times!

First snow…fun times!

The Bend in the River

Drake’s Pool is situated on the mouth of the Owenabue river, before it flows into Cork Harbour.    This spot is very well known to locals as there is a walkway, on the site of the old railway line from Carrigaline to Crosshaven. This walk is about 7 km long and stops at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.   Many people use this walk every day, either walking, running, cycling or strolling.  There are a few car parks along the route, so if one doesn’t feel like doing the whole walk, there are always options.

According to history, Sir Frances Drake is meant to have sailed up the Owenabue River, while hiding from the Spanish Armada, and this is how Drake’s Pool got its name.

By the way, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world, it started in 1720 and has been going ever since.

Here are some photos I took this afternoon at Drake’s Pool.

A good resting place from the storms

Calmness and peace

The Bend in the River


All is calm


Crosshaven looking across at Cobh

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