FROM WEST KERRY TO WEST CORK

 

Here are several of the photos I took while on a trip to the Beara Peninsula of West Cork, from The Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry.

Driving along the Dingle Peninsula on the Inch road, the morning water was so calm and blue, with the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula of South Kerry in view, I stopped for a few captures here.

Going through the Killarney National Park area, I stopped for more views.  I also took many of the Gap of Dunloe, which I previously published, so I will bypass them in this post.

 

 

At Moll’s Gap, still in County Kerry, here is Molly Gallivan’s 200 year old cottage, a visitor’s centre, traditional farm, museum, local crafts shop and cafe.  Molly Gallivan was a widow with seven children in the nineteenth century who employed her tremendous personal resources to support her family with her small farm, running a shebeen, poteen making (illegal alcohol), traditional handicrafts, providing sustenance to passing travellers etc….)

The wood carving of the druid represents the people who originally inhabited this area more than 6,000 years ago.

Seeing the oil tanker here I realised that Whiddy Island oil terminal was across the water here. This was the scene of a horrific disaster in 1979, when there was a fire and explosion on the French oil tanker The Betelgeuse, where 50 people lost their lives. There are ongoing issues about this.

 

Hungry Hill, the mountain above, is one of the Caha range of the Beara Peninsula. We took a route over the very scenic Healy Pass which transverses the Beara Peninsula.

 

Glanmore Lake, on the Healy Pass.

 

 

 

 

Here we are lost, but enjoying the views and taking lots of photos. I asked directions in a local shop, but a staff member there gave wrong directions. Aside from time being short – it’s a long drive back to Dingle, I enjoyed the ride!

 

The remnants of Shronebirrane Stone Circle can be seen in this field below, which I now know is in Drimminboy Valley.

 

 

Now I think this is the Adrigole region…..

 

 

 

 

After a long drive, back now on the Dingle Peninsula below, just as the sun was setting and casting a pink glow on Inch Beach.

Thanks for viewing my photos. If you would like to see more images of the Beara peninsula, West Cork, (many of them taken on an earlier trip), please check out my website:

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I managed to do another trip to West Cork before our current level 5 Covid-19 restrictions started. Please come back again to see photos of Baltimore, Cape Clear Island and the Mizen Peninsula.

GAP OF DUNLOE

These photos are from the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass in County Kerry, in the South West of Ireland. It separates the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in the west, from the Purple Mountain Group range in the east.  It’s a lovely scenic route from Killarney to the West County Cork area, an alternative to the faster N71 main road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaunting cars for tourists operate between 7.30am and 6.pm and can make the journey very slow and tedious for those driving cars. The jarveys (jaunting car drivers) don’t always like to enable motor cars to pass them.

However, I am sure the jaunting cars offer a great way of slowly taking in the wonderful scenery, and no doubt the jarveys are a great source of local knowledge.

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I really appreciate your visit to my post. If you would like to view more photos of the Killarney area and Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry), please visit my website:

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CLOSE TO HOME

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Looking beyond my garden, all these photos were taken within a hundred meters of my house.  I call this road above and below the escape road. I look forward to being able to move around with freedom again – sometime.

The three peaks above are known as the Three Sisters.

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Cruach Mharhain is the mountain above. This is a nice one for a walk – short and steep – keep you fit!

 

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Mount Eagle is to the left of Cruach Mharhain above, in the distance. Another lovely walk.

 

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Thanks so much for viewing. Stay Safe!

 

WILD AND FREE

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Wild and free as we would like to be – just now! This post features more wild flowers and insects, in and around my garden, where I search for inspiration to create interesting images, while I’m staying at home.

There are reports of people getting complacent and stealing out and about where they should not go, and I completely understand them. The longer we are restricted, the harder it is. But wandering around the garden with my camera is very absorbing and I have enjoyed being more observant about the little things that appear around my home.

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These delightful white flowers are actually very small and they are called cuckoo flowers.

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Known as speedwell apparently, these very small blue ones, but when I was a child we called them sore eyes, for some reason. I may have been misinformed. There is another little white flower called eyebright. Perhaps it was confused with that one.

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Primroses, above

 

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There is at least a few varieties of dragon fly in my garden. This is the first I’ve seen this year. It’s a very skinny fellow, blue and black. I love the large all blues, but I haven’t seen any yet this year. I find it very difficult to capture them – they don’t like you to get too close, and my lens is not particularly suitable for this type of photography.

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Mid flight, above.

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A lovely speckled wood butterfly on the apple blossom.

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Dandelion seed heads.

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In my youth we used to blow the seeds off these, saying – he loves me – he loves me not -he loves me….. whatever happens on the last blow would be the truth. I don’t think we ever believed it and certainly not if it turned up a negative final statement! We had fun that cost nothing, and didn’t require any digital technology – there wasn’t any!

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Buttercups, of course, and with a fly below.

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Red clover.

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Ribwort plantain, above and below. It has a brown insect on it in these photos.

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Ragged dandelions, just for the variety. I’ll have to get better images of these next time.

One thought that often occurs to me is that for the first time in my living memory, there are people all over the world now who are living the same restricted lifestyle, coping with the same difficulties that come with those restrictions, listening to the same WHO reports and advice and extending themselves in terms of creativity and development in ways that otherwise may never have happened. In the most unexpected way we have a common uniting force, we are communicating more than we did before Covid-19 arrived, albeit digitally. We can understand the issues affecting others in far away countries from ourselves, in a much more empathetic way than ever before, I think.

DO STAY SAFE!

SUNSET ON MY DOORSTEP

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Only last night I was beach walking at sunset (see this mornings post) and it was only an ok sunset, but tonight when I was in my home it took me by surprise. I was not about to ignore it –  even though I have so, so many captures of sunsets from this spot.

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Stay safe

 

BREAKING WAVES

These were not gigantic waves,  just ordinary everyday waves on the Atlantic Ocean, West Kerry, but I zoomed in close to them to capture the individual character of each one or group. Many were taken from the same spot, and the others were from very nearby, in the Ballinrannig area of Ballyferriter, near Dingle, in the South West of Ireland.

 

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DINGLE MARINA ON A CALM DAY

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This is at Dingle Harbour, on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.

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GANNET IN DISTRESS – read below

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On a recent beach walk on Béal Bán Beach, Ballyferriter, near Dingle, I came upon this beautiful gannet. It’s not often I have an opportunity to get this close to a gannet. This bird was struggling to pull a piece of rope which appeared to have something heavy on the end of it. I watched it struggle up from the water, pulling its object up the beach. I stupidly thought she was doing this by choice, and that she may have some purpose in mind, for her piece of treasure. I took several photos, not wishing to get too close and scare her away.

Another passer-by, who was more enlightened than myself saw the bird’s distress and stopped to free her from the rope, which was apparently stuck to her beak. She must have become entangled with it when she was diving for food.

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Having been set free, one might expect that she would fly away, but that didn’t happen. I can only guess that she must have been exhausted. She seemed unconcerned about me getting closer, taking more photos, and made no attempt to get away. I left her there, just standing on the middle of the beach. It was a sad sight. There was nothing more that anyone could do. I don’t know what happened to her; I hope she managed to fly away as the tide came in some hours later.

So, my reason for writing this post – just to make people think more carefully about what they throw into the sea, or leave on the beach for the tide to claim. Thousands of birds and other creatures suffer and die unnecessarily because of human carelessness.

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